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Why fly with SAA

Awards

Awards

They have claimed the award for ‘The Best Airline in Africa’ for 12 consecutive years.

Loyalty

Routes and Loyalty

SAA covers 56 domestic and international destinations and offers ‘Voyagers’ loyalty points along the way.

Service

Service Excellence

They work tirelessly to fulfill their motto: “bringing Africa to the world and the world to Africa.”

South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier of South Africa and services many domestic and international destinations from their hub at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. SAA has been a member of the prestigious Star Alliance group for over 10 years now. Together with their popular low-cost airline, Mango Airlines, South African Airways holds the first and second position for South Africa’s most on-time airlines.

SAA quite recently Introduced a Mobile Boarding Pass, which cuts your boarding time in half by allowing you to download your boarding pass, save it on your smartphone, and present it at the departure gate.

Fly SAA and dine like a king or queen as you taste cuisine prepared by South African celebrity chefs: Reuben Riffel and Benny Masekwameng. SAA also serves some of the finest South African wines onboard.

Book South African Airways flights to Lagos, Dakar, Washington DC and other exciting places!

It is expected that your carry-on baggage will fit under the seat or the overhead bin. Personal items like purse, overcoat and laptops are allowed but they should not weigh above 18 lb/8 kg.

Each class has a weight restriction and you would be charged more when you exceed the baggage limit stipulated for your cabin class.

First Class: 40kg

Business Class: 30kg

Economy Class: 23kg

Baggage Restrictions:

• Magnetised materials

• Oxidising materials

• Detonators and fuses

• Mines, grenades and other explosive military stores

• Fireworks and other pyrotechnics

• Smoke-generating canisters or cartridges

• Dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

• Radioactive materials

• Lithium batteries

• Corrosives

• Gases

• Flammable liquids or solids

Travelling with pets on SAA

With the exception of service dogs, pets cannot be carried in the passenger cabin on SAA flights.

Service dogs are carried free of charge.

The weight of the animal and its container will be charged as excess baggage. It is not accepted as part of free baggage allowance. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the animals are properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits and other documents required by countries of entry or transit.

If you wish to travel with your pets on SAA, please make the necessary arrangements with SAA’s Cargo department on 011 978 3366 before you fly.

Check-in for domestic SAA flights opens 2 hours before departure and closes 40 minutes before take-off.

Check-in for international flights need to be done 3 hours before departure, while flights to the USA have to be done 4 hours prior to departure.

Online, mobile, social media and self-service kiosk check in is also available for departure from selected airports.

Cabin Classes

SAA offers its passengers 3 different seating options when booking tickets, namely:

First Class

Business Class

Economy Class

In-flight Entertainment

You are treated to audio video-on-demand on long haul regional and international flights. Business class and Economy class seats are fitted with competitive-sized screens. There are over 100 movies, access to 100 TV features, 15 games, 14 radio station channels and more than 170 music albums, just for your enjoyment.

Domestic flights

South African Airways domestic flights are available daily and serve five major cities on its local route network including flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Richards Bay.

On flights between Durban and Cape Town, SAA has a codeshare agreement with their subsidiary, Mango Airlines. When you book SAA flights between Cape Town and Durban, you’ll fly on a Mango plane but you won’t forfeit your inflight meal or any of the other important benefits you get as an SAA passenger – just remember to hang on to your boarding pass. It acts as a meal voucher and allows you to shop from the Mango Spaza for free. The same codeshare agreement is in place on flights between Lanseria and Cape Town.

Check-in for domestic SAA flights opens two hours before departure and closes 40 minutes before take-off.

International Flights

SAA flies to 30 international destinations in 26 countries including Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. More recently, South African Airways ever expanding route network includes direct flights to Dublin, Beijing and New York City. With many more exciting routes planned for 2012, SAA is without doubt the leading African airline when it comes to global reach.

For SAA flights to the USA, passengers must check in at least 3 hours before departure. On all other international flights, passengers must check in at least two and a half hours before take-off.

Flights to USA SAA operates two daily flights from South Africa to the United States, as well as operating the only direct flight from Johannesburg to New York City on the Airbus A340-300.

In addition to direct flights to New York, you can get daily SAA flights direct to Washington Dulles Airport from Johannesburg on the Airbus A340-600. This long-haul flight has a brief stop in Dakar, Senegal.

SAA fleet information

South African Airways current fleet consists of the following aircrafts. Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A340-300, Airbus A340-600 and Boeing 737-800.

Its cargo fleets include; Boeing 737-200, Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-400.

SAA
SAA Rating

4/5
Based on 24 votes

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IATA code: SA
Hub Airport: O.R. Tambo International
Alliance: Star Alliance
Loyalty program: Voyager Miles
Inflight magazine: Sawubona

The information on this page is correct as of date of publishing. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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