South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier of South Africa with its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng, South Africa. The airline is a member of Star Alliance and also has codeshare agreements with Air China, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Asiana Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Saudia. South African Airways offers flights to safari parks such as Kruger National park, find out more about safari flights here.
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You're baggage allowance will depend on the ticket fare you purchased at the time of booking. As a standard, SAA passengers are allowed to bring 1 personal item free of charge.
All passengers are allowed to bring carry-on baggage onboard the aircraft as long as it does not exceed 8kg and 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (L x W x H). One personal item is also allowed onboard for every passenger.
Economy class passengers are allowed one hand baggage whereas business class passengers are allowed to have two baggage.
Economy class passengers are entitled to one baggage that weighs less than 23kg. Business class passengers are allowed to check-in two pieces of baggage that do not weigh over 32kg.
The sum of the three dimensions of the checked baggage should not exceed 158cm.
South African Airways (SAA) has 2 cabin classes which you can choose from - Economy or Business Class.
Short-haul economy class has comfortable seats and adjustable headrests. Overhead entertainment screens are available for passengers as well as well-designed seats.
Long-haul economy seats are equipped with personal 10-inch screens and USB ports.
Short-haul business class seats have USB and laptop charging points available with plenty of legrooms available.
Long-haul business class seats are equipped with power outlets and flat bed available.
In flight entertainment is available on most aircraft. It has the latest movies, TV shows and documentaries available onboard.
There are no Wi-Fi onboard the aircraft.
All passengers will receive free meals or snacks and drinks onboard, this depends on the duration of the flight.
If you have food allegy or any dietary requirements, please order online 48 hours before scheduled departure time. Kosher meals will need to be ordered 72 hours prior to scheduled departure time.
South African Airways (SAA) allows passengers to check in at the airport and online.
Online check-in for flights opens 24 hours before flight departure time and closes 90 minutes before flight departure time on domestic flights and 120 minutes before international flights. You can check-in online by entering your flight details on the South African Airways online check-in page
The airline recommends checking in 90 minutes before flight departure time for domestic flights, two and a half hours before for international flights and three hours before for flights from Johannesburg to the US.
South African Airways' frequent flyer programme is called 'Voyager'.
The airline offers regular passengers with the airline a frequent flyer programme, Voyager, to reward travellers whereby they can redeem miles on a choice of flights, upgrades and car rental.
SAA is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals. SAA owns Mango, a low cost domestic airline, and has established links with Airlink and South African Express. It currently operates as a member of the Star Alliance.
South African Airways flies to many destinations including Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Alexander Bay, Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Blantyre, Bloemfontein, Brazzaville, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dakar, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe, East London, Frankfurt, Francistown, Gaborone, Hamburg, Harare, Mahe, Madrid, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, Nairobi and many others.
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O.R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa and is the hub airport for South African Airways.
The airport has two runways and handled more than 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport include Air Botswana, Air China, Air France, Air Seychelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kulula, LIFT Airline, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. This airport is also featured on our best airports for shopping blog, be sure to check it out!
South African Airways currently consists of the follwing Aircraft: