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Why fly with SAA



For the sixteenth consecutive year, they have retained a 4-Star Skytrax rating


Routes and Loyalty

SAA is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations within Africa and across the world, and offers ‘Voyager’ Loyalty Points along the way.


Service Excellence

SAA prides itself with exceeding expectations and ensuring positive travel and brand experiences for travellers across the globe.

About South African Airways:

South Africa Airways (SAA) began operations on 1 February 1934. SAA, is a leading carrier in Africa, serving six regional destinations between Johannesburg and Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, Lagos, Mauritius and 1 domestic route between Johannesburg and Cape Town. More destinations will be added to the route network as the airline ramps up operations in response to market conditions.

SAA is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA’s wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical (SAAT), a world class maintenance facility and Air Chefs, the inflight catering entity of the airline. SAAT has particularly been successful in the delivery of high quality maintenance services such as; major airframe checks; engine overhaul; mechanical components; avionics and line maintenance.

From its first flight in 1934, SAA has welcomed the world to South Africa by showing off the warm generous heart of the country. The airline has more than 80 years of excellence and innovation to draw on and strive to once again claim the title of best airline on the African continent – SAA is ready to GO THE DISTANCE!

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Hand Luggage:

Business Class: 2pc at 8kg each

Economy Class: 1pc at 8kg

It is expected that your carry-on baggage will fit under the seat or the overhead bin. Personal items like purses, overcoats and laptops are allowed.

Checked Luggage:

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

Business Class: 2pc at 32kg each

Economy Class: 1pc at 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 45 minutes before take-off.

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.

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

Cabin Classes

SAA offers its passengers 2 different seating options when booking tickets, namely:

• 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 personalised 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.

SAA is currently consolidating its flight routes and flight schedules. We encourage you to stay abreast of SAAs media statements to see if any of your flights are affected.

Domestic flights

On the domestic route network, SAA will continue to serve Cape Town on a reduced basis

All other domestic destinations, including Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, will cease to be operated by SAA on 29th February 2020. (Domestic routes operated by Mango will not be affected by the changes)

International Flights

SAA flies to Frankfurt, London, New York, Washington and Perth.

In addition to direct flights to New York, SAA offers direct flights 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

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

Its cargo fleet includes: Boeing 737-200, Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-400.

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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