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About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier of South Africa with its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng, South Africa.

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.

 

South African Airways is a member of Star Alliance. South African Airways 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

 


 

Frequent Flyer Program

 

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.


Check-In

Online Check-in

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

 

Check-in at the airport

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.


 

Baggage Allowance

The following baggage allowance applies:

 

 

 
   

Business Class

 

Economy Class

Domestic (Within South Africa)  

 

1 piece at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimensions of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

  1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Worldwide – USA / Canada     

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

     2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
per piece
Between Africa and Europe / UK  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

From Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe and Europe/UK  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

From UK to Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Africa and Asia / Japan - except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Africa and New Zealand  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb)
and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)

 

Between Africa and Middle East. Also valid on SA code-share flights and where EY is the operating carrier.  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 


Between Africa and Australia

 

 

  2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece   2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Within Africa 
 
  2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 
 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between South Africa and Lagos/Abuja  

3 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

3 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between South America and Australia / New Zealand except for Brazil  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between South America, and Africa / Asia / Japan except for Brazil and Argentina- except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Africa / South America – BJS or via BJS to Asia / Japan  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Argentina - Africa  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Argentina - Asia / Japan- except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Brazil - Africa / Asia / Japan / Australia - except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Brazil - Europe & USA  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Australia and the Middle East  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 


Route Map

South African Airways Route Map

Credit: Htonl

 

 

 

 

Popular Routes

 

London  dark grey plane icon  Johannesburg

 

Johannesburg  dark grey plane icon  Cape Town

 

Beijing dark grey plane icon  Cape Town

 

Johannesburg  dark grey plane icon  Mauritius

 

Cape Town  dark grey plane icon  Mauritius

 

Johannesburg  dark grey plane icon  Port Elizabeth

 
 
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Fleet

Airbus A319-132

 

Airbus A330-200

 

 

 

 

Airbus A320-232

Airbus A340-300

 

 

 

Airbus A340-600

 Boeing 737-800

 

 

 

Hub Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport

 

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 can handle nearly 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 Seycelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Kulula, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. This airport is also featured on our best airports for shopping blog, be sure to check it out!

 

O. R. Tambo International Airport south africa

 

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Star Alliance

 

Star Alliance is the leading global airline network, which has 27 member airlines. Star Alliance was founded in 1997 with the five founding airlines: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to 1,321 airports and 193 countries, carrying 637 million passengers every year!