SAA, the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa’s most awarded airline, has resumed non-stop service on its daily flight from Johannesburg to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, effective March 7, 2015. While SAA’s daily flight from New York-JFK to Johannesburg has operated on a non-stop basis for several years, the return flight was making a 1-hour en-route stop in Dakar, Senegal, during the low season winter months. Due to the popularity of this route, SAA’s service between New York and Johannesburg will, once again, operate non-stop in both directions on a year-round basis. The resumption of the non-stop service on the northbound flight from Johannesburg to New York-JFK reduces the overall travel time on the route by nearly 90 minutes, making it the fastest way to travel from South Africa to New York.

The non-stop flights in each direction are timed conveniently to connect in Johannesburg with SAA’s extensive route network in Southern Africa of more than 55 destinations and in New York with flights to more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada through our code-share partners, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines and Air Canada.

“We listened to our customers, who want to travel between North America and Southern Africa as fast as possible,” said Marc Cavaliere, Executive Vice President, North America for South African Airways. “Our round-trip, non-stop service between New York – JFK and Johannesburg will save both business and leisure travellers some precious time, while making the travel experience even more convenient.” SAA’s flights between New York-JFK and Johannesburg are operated on the state-of-the-art wide-body Airbus A340-600 aircraft, featuring 42 full-flat 180° beds in Premium Business Class and 275 seats in Economy Class, ergonomically designed with adjustable headrests and industry-leading legroom of up to 34″ for long-haul travel. Customers travelling in both Premium Business Class and Economy Class enjoy an extensive menu of on-demand audio and visual entertainment options, freshly-prepared meals and complimentary bar service, featuring award-winning South African wines.

Having served the U.S. for more than 45 years, South African Airways offers the most daily flights linking the U.S. and South Africa, with 28 weekly departures, including service between New York-JFK & Washington, DC-Dulles and Johannesburg.

For reservations and information, customers should visit or contact South African Airways’ North America Reservations Center at 1-(800)

Contact: Camille Imbert
South African Airways
Telephone: +1-954-769-5120