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South African Airways Launches Airbus A330-200 Aircraft on Washington, DC - Dakar - Johannesburg Route

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- South African Airways (SAA), Africa's most awarded airline, will introduce the modern, state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200  aircraft on its daily flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Johannesburg, South Africa via Dakar, Senegal, effective September 1, 2014.

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The newer Airbus A330-200 is an environmentally-friendly aircraft with superior economics and strong passenger appeal, that will enable SAA to continue providing a high-quality customer experience and the efficiencies to support its profitability strategies.  SAA's Business Class on the A330-200 is configured with 36 fully lie-flat 180 degree beds and 186 seats in Economy Class that are ergonomically-designed with adjustable headrests for long-haul travel. Customers in both Business and Economy Class will enjoy the latest technology in on-demand audio and visual entertainment with a larger personal screen and an extensive menu of programming options.

"We're pleased to offer our customers the comfort and convenience of this new aircraft on the Washington, DC route," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America & Global Alliances for South African Airways. "SAA is operating this aircraft on other international routes and it has proven to be exceptionally popular with our customers and has contributed to SAA maintaining its high-quality rating as a Skytrax four-star carrier for the 12th consecutive year".

This aircraft will serve this market during the lower-demand periods of September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 on the following schedule (all times are local):

South African Airways   Flight #208  (eff. 9/2/14)

South African Airways   Flight #207  (eff. 9/1/14)

Depart Washington, DC-IAD:    5:40PM

Depart Johannesburg, South Africa:   6:20PM

Arrive Dakar, Senegal:   5:50AM +1         

Arrive Dakar, Senegal:    12:55AM +1       

Depart Dakar, Senegal:  6:50AM +1

Depart Dakar, Senegal:   1:55AM +1

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa:  5:10PM +1

Arrive Washington, DC-IAD:  6:25AM +1

(Flight schedules are subject to change)

For reservations and information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact South African Airways' North America Reservations Center at (800) 722-9675.

About SAA

South African Airways (SAA), Africa's most awarded airline, operates to 42 destinations worldwide, including daily nonstop flights from New York, and daily direct flights from Washington, DC (via Dakar) to Johannesburg. In its domestic market SAA has an extensive schedule operating 660 flights in total per week between JohannesburgCape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, from its Johannesburg hub, as well as code-shared flights between Lanseria – Cape Town and Durban. SAA offers more frequencies than any other airline in South Africa. Regionally, SAA offers 26 destinations across the African continent including Abidjan, Accra, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Ndola, Pointe Noire, Victoria Falls and Windhoek. SAA's international network creates links to all major continents from South Africa through 11 direct routes and code shares, with daily flights from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Munich, Mumbai, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. SAA has codes share agreements with 27 other airlines across the markets it serves, including partnerships with United, US Airways, Air Canada and JetBlue in North America, which offer convenient connections from more than 30 cities to SAA's flights. SAA's core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA is a Star Alliance member which offers more than 18,000 daily flights to 1,269 airports in 193 countries. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa' Award in the regional category for eleven consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa's most on-time airlines. For more information, call 1-800-722-9675, or visit www.flysaa.com.

Contact:

Todd Neuman, South African Airways; Tel: 954-769-5111;


toddneuman@flysaa.com

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