Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Dulles International Airport

Discover Dulles for South African Airways

Our popular Discover Dulles series is back for 2015!

Discover Dulles allows the community to participate in signature events at Washington Dulles International Airport, and get a behind the scenes view to discover how Dulles International Airport operates.

This popular series is once again highlighting new and exciting service - this time, compliments of South African Airways!

On August 3, South African Airways begins the only nonstop service from Washington, Dulles to Accra, Ghana, with continuing service to Johannesburg. The route will be served by an Airbus A340-600 featuring 42 fully-flat 180 degree beds in Premium Business Class and 275 seats in Economy Class, which offers comfortable legroom of up to 34” for long-haul travel. South African Airways has been named, by Skytrax, the Best Airline in Africa for 13 consecutive years. SAA also remains the only Skytrax 4-Star rated airline in Africa.

Selected guests will have an opportunity to participate in the gate event and then proceed to view the flight departure ceremonial water arch and be in position to see the flight take off!

Want a chance to be a part of this inaugural event? Read the complete rules below, then send an email to: Include your First Name, Last Name and an Email Address. That’s it! Good luck!

Discover Dulles for South African Airways

Rules and Information

  1. Discover Dulles for South African Airway opens Monday, July 27, 2015 and closes on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Eastern Time).
  2. Open to all legal residents of the United States. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  3. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Multiple entries will not be honored.
  4. Participants will be randomly selected and notified via email on Thursday, July 30.
  5. The participant’s slot is not transferrable if you are unable to attend.
  6. To enter (and for a complete list of contest rules and other information) go to and click on “Discover Dulles for South African Airways” under the “News and Events” section.
  7. If selected, participants may park in the hourly parking lot in front of the Main Terminal. Please be sure to allow plenty of time to check-in, security screening and for the Mobile Lounge Departure. Parking will be validated for this day and this event only.
  8. Guests will need to present themselves for check-in and identification verification on August 3 no later 3:15 pm.  Please note that late arrivals may not be accommodated.
  9. Do not bring items that would be prohibited on a flight. For a complete list of prohibited items, go to
  10. Participants will be transported via Mobile Lounge to the airfield to view the takeoff of the inaugural flight. Photography is permitted (and encouraged)! Binoculars are also allowed. Upon conclusion, the Mobile Lounge will return to the Main Terminal and the event will conclude.
  11. The event will take place rain or shine. Participants should dress for outdoor weather conditions. No open toe shoes are permitted.
  12. Employees/Relatives of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and South African Airways are not eligible to enter.