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South African Airways

With her brightly coloured tail gracing runways across the globe, South African Airways is a proud ambassador of our Rainbow Nation.

The days of SAL (Suid Afrikaanse Lugdiens) and the old guard are long gone and the modern SAA has one main objective – to bring South Africa to the world and the world to South Africa. Today SAA offers the most comprehensive portfolio of routes within South Africa and to overseas hubs.

Africa’s Best Airline

When you book SAA flights with Travelstart you can be sure you’re travelling on Africa’s best airline. South African Airways received the 2011 Best Airline in Africa award from Skytrax – The most respected and trusted airline awards body in the world.

The Skytrax awards aren’t dreamed up by a small board of executives either. They’re voted for by the passengers adding further credibility to the award.

Star Alliance Membership

SAA was the first airline in Africa to join the Star Alliance. What does the Star Alliance mean for you?

Think about a long haul flight from South Africa to Los Angeles – instead of tiring layovers and sleepless nights in various airports, you’re able to fly airlines that belong to the Star Alliance all the way to your final destination. Seamless connections afforded by  South African Airways and the Star Alliance end up saving you time and money, not to mention enabling you to arrive at your destination in good health.

For domestic and regional flights in South Africa, also see SA Airlink and SA Express - South African Airways' strategic alliance partners.

Baggage Allowance

  • First Class                          40kg
  • Business Class                30kg
  • Economy Class                 23kg

SAA 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 2 hours before departure and closes 40 minutes before takeoff.

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 takeoff.

Flights to North Americs

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.

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.

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Book South African Airways flights now. Whether you’re looking for domestic flights or international flights on SAA, Travelstart can help you. Africa’s most awarded airline is well-positioned to transport you safely and comfortably to your destination. Search for SAA flights now by using the flight booking engine at the top of this page.

The information on this page is correct as of September 2014. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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