On Sunday night, Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the arrival of South African Airways’ (SAA) inaugural flight from Johannesburg to the UAE’s capital with a traditional water cannon salute.

It marks the start of SAA’s operations to Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the carrier offering daily direct flights between Johannesburg and the UAE’s capital.

The commencement of direct flights between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi by SAA forms part of the airline’s growing network, with onward destinations through a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways substantially increasing the airlines Asian end points.

SAA’s flight to Abu Dhabi, SA 278, will arrive into the capital at 20:25 hrs, with the return flight, SA 279, departing Abu Dhabi for South Africa’s largest city at 02:05hrs.

The route will be served by an A330-200 aircraft with a two class configuration, catering for a capacity of 222 passengers.