Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Washington Dulles International Adds New South African Service

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has announced that South African Airways will start new service to South Africa beginning on July 2nd of this year.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome South African Airways to Dulles" said James E. Bennett, President/CEO of the Airports Authority. "We have sought this important market for our metropolitan region for some time and are pleased that our efforts have been successful. This route further establishes Dulles as the international gateway to the mid-Atlantic region."

This new route features four flights a week from Dulles to Johannesburg.
"Our North American routes have shown tremendous growth and the addition of a third service between North America and South Africa provides an ideal opportunity for expanding our global route network," said Phillip Bekker, Executive Vice President - North America for South African Airways.

"We see a continued increase in the demand for travel to South Africa and this new direct service provides business and government travelers in the Washington metro area with the fastest, most direct route to South Africa and convenient connections to destinations across the continent," said Bekker.

The new weekly service will operate from Washington Dulles on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with return service from Johannesburg on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flights between Washington Dulles and Johannesburg will also include a brief operational fuel stop in Accra, Ghana. This new route will feature the return of the Boeing 747-400 to South African Airways' US service, as well as a return of three-class service including a lie-flat seat in Business and First Class.

When South African Airways starts its service, Dulles International will provide direct service to forty international destinations.


South African Airways inaugural flight to Dulles International on July 2nd 

South African Airline