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Flying into West Africa: Airline Comparisons

Flights from the United States into West Africa are relatively long due to the distance being traveled, typically lasting around ten hours. With such a long flight, it is important to be as comfortable as possible. We will make a few flight comparisons so that you can choose the best airline for you.

South African Airways

Founded in 1934, South African Airways (SAA) is state-owned and headquartered in Kempton Park, South Africa. With its hub situated in Johannesburg, SAA offers both domestic and international flights, which include New York, London, Hong Kong, Washington, Sao Paulo, Munich, Frankfurt, and Perth. The flights to Africa specifically include: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Entebbe, (near Kampala) Uganda; Livingstone, Zambia; Nairobi, Kenya; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Lagos, Nigeria; Ndola, Zambia; Lilongwe, Malawi; Blantyre, Malawi; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Harare, Zimbabwe; Windhoek, Namibia; Mauritius; Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivorie); Lusaka, Zambia; Luanda, Angola; Maputo, Mozambique; Dakar, Senegal; and Accra, Ghana.

As a member of the Star Alliance, customers can join the South African Airways Voyager program which allows you to redeem your miles on global flights or on non-airline partners. A few of the non-airline partners include car rental (Avis, Uber), retail, spa, and more. Additionally, SAA repatriation registration for SAA can be found here.

Ethiopian Airlines

One of the rising stars of the aviation industry, Ethiopian Airlines (EA) was founded in 1945 and is government owned. EA began taking international flights in 1951. It’s headquarters and hub are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Also a member of the Star Alliance, Ethiopian Airlines offers the same frequent flyer rewards as mentioned above. Within North America, EA flies directly into Washington DC and to 62 African cities, including Accra, Ghana; Abuja, Nigeria; and Cape Town, South Africa.

Kenya Airways

Coined “The Pride of Africa,” Kenya Airways (KA) was founded in 1977. It flies to 54 destinations worldwide which includes 41 African destinations. KA is estimated to carry over three million passengers each year. KA boasts of being the only African carrier with membership in the SkyTeam Alliance. A few of the African destinations include Accra, Ghana; Abuja, Nigeria; Dakar, Senegal; Gaborone, Botswana; Juba, South Sudan; Monrovia, Liberia; Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, South Africa; and Zanzibar, Tanzania. KA flies directly into New York City, United States.

“I cannot go to my grave with my wallet, neither will I go to my grave with the number of houses that I have, I can’t go to the grave with sizes of my bank account, but I can go to the grave peacefully with the kind of legacies that I left behind”. Chief Barr Allen Onyema, Air Peace CEO

Allen Onyema, Air Peace Airlines CEO

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