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South African Airways Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Nigeria


South African Airways (SAA), is celebrating 20 years of non-stop flight operations between Johannesburg and Africa’s most populous city, Lagos, Nigeria.

Operations commenced on 4 December 1998 as SAA launched its first flight into Nigeria soon after the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between the two countries had been signed.

SAA has since brought several aircraft onto this route, from the initial Airbus 300, which had to make a technical stop in Luanda to the Boeing 767 and the Boeing 747-400 and to the Airbus A340–600, which was replaced by the current state of the art Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Nigeria is among the top destinations to which South African Airways flies, and over the past 20 years SAA has transported over 3 million passengers into the region.

SAA currently operates a daily service to Murtalla Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, consistently delivering exceptional turnaround times and excellent facilities including state of the art on-demand inflight entertainment system, increased economy and business class space and legroom for extra comfort.

Nigeria is Africa’s economic powerhouse. Lagos is a high-energy city famous for its vibrant lifestyle, set against the backdrop of the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, and renowned music.

Nigeria offers numerous commercial opportunities and a cultural experience like no other.

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