PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA. South African Airways is celebrating women’s month along with the anniversary of its service between Accra in Ghana and Washington DC in USA.
The new nonstop route was launched on 4th August 2015 between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and the Washington, DC - Dulles International Airport and has since inceptions experienced high passenger and cargo traffic, making the route profitable to both Ghana and South Africa as well as further boosting commerce with the United States of America. The passenger mix is mostly passengers bound for North America, South Africa and Ghana as there is a sizeable West Africa community in the USA and Canada.
SAA operates the flights four-days per week with its flagship Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft, featuring fully-flat 180° beds in Business Class and seats with industry-leading legroom in Economy Class. Convenient connections are also offered to Accra via Washington, DC-Dulles Airport from over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada through SAA’s airline partners United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America.
In celebrating this milestone, SAA under the Auspices of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Ghana hosted valued stakeholders and patrons of SAA in Ghana at a stakeholder’s dinner on Friday 26th August, 2016 at the Residence of the South African High Commissioner in Accra to commemorate the occasion.
The Minister of Transport of Ghana, Honourable Fiifi Kwetey, MP informed stakeholders of Ghana Governments policy on growing the airline business on the continent with African Airlines to give meaning to the Yamoussoukro Decision as well as African Union’s Agenda 2063 on Open Skies. Minister Fiifi Kwetey then announced Ghana’s future collaboration with SAA by announcing the ACCRA – NEW YORK as well as ACCRA – LONDON direct flights as new additions to the SAA routes operating from Accra. SAA also took advantage of the ceremony to acknowledge the contribution of the Government of Ghana to the success of its operations.
Added to the celebration, flight SA 056 from Johannesburg to Accra on 25th August, 2016 – for the first time on a wide-body aircraft - operated an all-female crew in the cockpit. Captain Jane Trembath, and First Officer Laurin McLarin with the all-female cabin crew landed the aircraft at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport. The Ghana High Commission was represented by its senior official, Mrs. Sena Siaw-Boateng.
“Women are significantly underrepresented in many of the areas in this industry, hence SAA organised the all women operated flight in celebration of women achievement in this industry, as well as an encouragement for other women to join the Aviation Industry and take up careers as Pilots, Ground Engineers, Load Controllers, Flight Dispatchers, Operations Controllers and Ramp Agents,” says Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s General Manager, Operations.
The High Commission of Ghana in Pretoria looks forward to further collaboration with SAA.
29th August, 2016