Abuja – Jo’burg: My South African Airways Love Story

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I’m so in love!

I fell in love 35,000 feet in the air, on a South African Airways (SAA) flight to Jo’burg. How did it happen? I’ll get to that.

Yesterday I got a call from South Africa. It was an offer to feature in a major international event; an opportunity I’d been chasing for years. But there was one hiccup – I have to be there on the 27th, a day after an equally important (money-making) engagement in Abuja! What to do?

Anyway, I whatsapped my regular travel agent to find me a flight to S.A. While I was sadly contemplating the stress I’d have to endure; face airport wahala, fly back down to Lagos, no rest, airport again plus all the ‘happy-weekend-sir’ folks, another long wait before boarding the international flight etc., my agent called. Imagine my delight at the great news – he’d gotten me a ticket from Abuja to Jo’burg for that same day (January 27). On SAA’s maiden flight from Abuja!

Yes, you read right. In addition to flights from Lagos, South Africa Airways is commencing direct flights from Abuja to Jo’burg from that day! And if like me, you’re a lover of premium comfort at basement prices, the special promotional fare from $250 only (Ts & Cs apply) should make you dance for joy. No delays just seamless connections? Perfect!

But I didn’t just fall in love. On the exact same date last year, I had my first experience with SAA and I fully understood why it is Africa’s most awarded airline. Between check-in and arrival – the delightful staff and crew, the exquisite wines and delicious catering, the handy destination guide that teaches passengers everything about the city they are flying to – I knew I was hooked. And now, on this maiden anniversary of our love story, my darling is extending the service to Abuja. 

I’m so in love with SAA right now. Like we say in local parlance “Who no go, no know”. I’ve gone so I can testify. And with this extension to Abuja, they show that they are truly bringing the world to Africa and taking Africa to the world.

So my brother, my sister, do you reside/frequent Abuja or any of the neighbouring states? Are you planning a trip to South Africa soon? Hear well o. From January 27, 2016, South African Airways will now fly to Johannesburg 3 times a week from Abuja. Do yourself a favour, join me in making history at 8:45am as we enjoy an unforgettable SAA experience. To book your space, visit flysaa.com, call 09 290 0170 or contact your local travel agent today … and I know you’ll fall in love too.

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