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South African Airways Announces New Service from Washington, DC, to Ivory Coast and Gabon.

Same-Day Connecting Service to Abidjan and Libreville Available Through SAA's Service from Washington Dulles to Dakar, Senegal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South African Airways (SAA), the world's most awarded airline to Africa, announced that it continues to expand, serving more of Africa than any other airline with new connecting service from Washington Dulles to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Libreville, Gabon through its daily non-stop service to Dakar, Senegal. SAA's connection will enable passengers to depart Washington Dulles on flight SA208 and arrive into either Abidjan or Libreville the following day. Convenient connections are also available on the return. The service allows those wishing to travel between North America and Western Africa to avoid long layovers in Europe and arrive more quickly and comfortably on the airline consistently named "Best Airline to Africa" by numerous travel experts. To book flights to Abidjan and Libreville, passengers should call 1-800-722-9675, visit www.flysaa.com, or call their travel agent.

"SAA's new service from Washington to Dakar has further opened Washington up to Western Africa. When you add connecting service from 26 cities with our code share partner United Airlines, it results in seamless and convenient connections for many passengers," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for SAA. "Passengers will be able to get there without the need to lay over in Europe or change airlines in Dakar, and with the comfort and award-winning service SAA is known to offer. That's a win-win proposition for travelers."

Said Mark Treadaway, vice president for Air Service Development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, "This new and enhanced service from South African Airways is another important addition to the wide array of international air service routes at Washington Dulles International Airport, strengthening shipping and passenger links around the world."

South African Airways is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2009, having been founded in February 1934, and since then has led the way in offering world-class service from Africa to the world. This attention to service throughout the years has resulted in the airline consistently being named "Best Airline" and "Best Business Class" to Africa by numerous travel experts and publications. Today, it is poised to continue this tradition of excellence by continuously enhancing its product offering, including non-stop service from New York JFK to Johannesburg. For more highlights on South African Airways' 75-year history, visit www.flysaa.com, and link to "About Us."

Connecting Service between Washington Dulles and Abidjan and Libreville:

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South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from New York JFK, and direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in Premium Business Class enjoy 180x fully flat-bed seats, and in economy class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. SAA's unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to 19 destinations within South Africa, and 30 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler's "gateway to Africa." To complement this network, a world of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways' premier mileage program. To sign up, visit www.flysaa.com, and link to the Voyager icon. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 912 destinations in 159 countries and more than 16,500 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United's Mileage Plus, US Airways' Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights. For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages.
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