South African Airways (SAA) will from August 2 fly direct from Accra to Washington, in what company officials say is a significant breakthrough.

The route will be served by A340-600s featuring 42 full-flat 180° beds in Premium Business Class and 275 seats in Economy Class.

“This is a major development and achievement for the airline as part of our Long-Term Turnaround Strategy where we have set growth on the African continent as one of our key objectives.

“With a strong presence in West Africa, in the form of nonstop services between Accra and Washington D.C. and through our airline partnerships our customers will soon have access to further destinations in West Africa,” says acting SAA CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, South African Airways.

The South African carrier has also formed a partnership with a domestic Ghanaian carrier, offering customers more travel options within the West African region.