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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.

 


 

Frequent Flyer Program

 

South African Airways 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.

 


 

Baggage 
 
 
The following baggage allowance for South African Airways 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 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 : 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 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
 
 
 
 

 


 

 

 

News

 

5th October 2017

 

SAA agrees to hire recovery expert

State airline in talks to appoint UK’s Peter Davies to help with restructuring.

South African Airways has agreed to hire a restructuring expert to help turn around the state-owned airline and meet conditions laid down by lenders to roll over debt, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Incoming chief executive officer Vuyani Jarana met with British industry veteran Peter Davies last month and he agreed to help try to return SAA to profit, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the plans are private. Davies is a former CEO of European airlines including Air Malta and Brussels Airlines and currently runs London-based consultancy Airline Management Group.

“We are finalising steps that will lead to the appointment of a chief restructuring officer,” SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali said in emailed comments. “No announcement on the identity of the candidate can be made before we attend and resolve the outstanding issues.”

Davies didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment. 

The appointment of a strong management team is one of several conditions lenders have laid down to extend talks on loan repayments beyond Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s mid-term budget update in October, the people said. One of those was a payment of R700 million ($51.5 million) to Citigroup as part of R1.8 billion of debt due to the US bank by the end of September, which was released by the National Treasury along with funds for working capital on Friday.

 

Treasury confirmed the payment of R700 million to Citigroup and directed further questions to SAA.

Debt negotiations

A group of South African lenders led by Nedbank Group — and including FirstRand, Standard Bank Group, Barclays Africa Group and Investec Plc — are prepared to negotiate a refinancing of debt through March 2019, the people said. In his mid-term budget update, Gigaba is expected to announce proposals intended to make SAA break even by about that date, including details of a recapitalisation plan, they said.

Nedbank, which is leading the talks, doesn’t provide details of its banking relationships with its clients, a spokesman said in an emailed response to questions.

SAA is one of several South African state-owned companies in need of urgent funding and the government has said it needs a fresh management approach to stay in operation. The carrier hasn’t made a profit since 2011 and has been surviving off debt backed by state guarantees. Jarana will become the company’s first permanent CEO since 2015 when he joins from wireless carrier Vodacom Group on November 1. The Treasury has considered selling part or all of its R12 billion stake in phone company Telkom to help finance a bailout.

 

Cutting routes

SAA said last week it would reduce flights to the South African cities of Port Elizabeth and East London as part of its turnaround plan. The carrier will also scale back routes to Luanda, the capital of Angola, and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The airline is also working toward repatriating as much as $1 billion from Angola, Zimbabwe and Nigeria to help strengthen the balance sheet, according to the people. Money is trapped in those countries after exports collapsed leading to a shortage of hard currency.

Jarana brings private-sector experience from his time at Vodacom and Davies has been identified due to his aviation expertise, one of the people said.

Davies took over Air Malta when it was making an annual loss of 70 million euros ($82 million) and made the airline profitable, according to his LinkedIn page. He also started Caribbean Airlines in Trinidad and Tobago and made that carrier profitable as well.

SAA has had seven permanent or temporary CEOs since 2010. Chairwoman Duduzile Myeni, a former schoolteacher who also heads President Jacob Zuma’s charitable foundation, has been on the airline’s board since 2009 and acted as the board’s chair until her permanent appointment in 2015. Her contract was renewed for a year in September 2016.

 

 

29th September 2017

 

New CEO of SAA to start role in November

 

South African Airways (SAA) has announced the start date of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the airline's headquarters, Airways Park, Johannesburg, as November 1, 2017.

 

“We are pleased to announce that the start date of our new CEO, Mr Vuyani Jarana has been determined as 1 November 2017. The decision follows the conclusion of negotiations with his current employer on his release date,” said SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

The appointment of  Jarana will bring stability at the executive tier of the airline’s leadership. This will also enable the acting CEO, Musa Zwane, to return to the maintenance subsidiary, SAA Technical, where he is a full time chief executive. 

One of  Jarana’s major responsibilities will be to ensure the effective implementation of SAA’s recently finalised five-year corporate plan. SAA must return to commercial sustainability in the shortest time possible

The Board of Directors will support Jarana and his executive team in every way possible and will exercise fiduciary responsibilities on SAA in accordance with the law and in line with the expectations of the shareholder. 

 

“This is an important step forward that will boost staff morale and instill confidence in our business from suppliers, customers and stakeholders at large,” concluded Tlali.

Jarana is appointed on a five-year contract.

 

 

April 2017

 

South African Airways announced it had received a 4-star ranking, in both economy and business class for the 15th consecutive year.

The ranking was done by aviation experts Skytrax, whose name is associated with Quality Excellence throughout the world by the air transport industry, after detailed product and service standards audits throughout the airline, and included SAA’s new Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The process is not connected to any customer ratings. A 4-Star Airline rating signifies airlines providing a good standard of product and staff service across all travel categories, including cabin seating, safety standards, cabin cleanliness, comfort amenities, catering, tax-free sales, reading materials, in-flight entertainment, and staff service.

 

South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines expanded the code-share agreeement 

The two airlines signed on 1st October 2016 by adding Cape Town, Durban and Toronto (Canada) as additional destinations to the existing code-share flights. Besides Toronto as the additional destination on offer, the expanded code share now also offers a direct service between Addis Ababa to both Cape Town and Durban. These routes will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines, with SAA as the marketing carrier. The two African airlines already code-share from Addis Abba, the Ethiopian capital to Johannesburg and from Addis Ababa to Bamako in Mali with all these flights operated by Ethiopian aircraft.

 


 

Route Map 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Routes

 

London    Johannesburg

 

Johannesburg    Cape Town

 

Beijing   Cape Town

 

Johannesburg    Mauritius

 

Cape Town    Mauritius

 

Johannesburg    Port Elizabeth

 
 


The Fleet

 

Airbus A319-132

 

Airbus A330-200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airbus A320-232

Airbus A340-300

 

 

 

 

 

Airbus A340-600

 Boeing 737-800

 

 

 

 

O.R. Tambo International Airport

HUB 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 runaways 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, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. 

 

 

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! 

 

 


 

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South African Airways is the most awarded airline in Africa – For 14 consecutive years, SAA has been voted Best Airline in and out of Africa by OAG. It has also won Skytrax’s most prestigious awards, including Best Airline in Africa, Best Business Class Seat and Best Cabin Crew. With the most extensive route network within South Africa - SAA operates 3 times more domestic and regional flights than any other scheduled carried in Africa, effortlessly connecting 19 South African domestic and 20 regional destinations across 20 countries. South African Airways offers: two daily flights to Johannesburg and a daily direct flight to Cape Town, all from London Heathrow, Terminal 1. as a member of Star Alliance, more than 1172 connections across 181 countries. one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the sky. SAA MISSION: To deliver world-calls service and an extraordinary experience to our customers! Flights to South Africa on South African Flights to South Africa with SAAWith over 60 jet aircraft and 12,000 employees (including 800 pilots) South African Airways would be a major airline in any continent, but in African terms it is huge. South African has now dropped the word "Airways" from their smart aircraft livery, and the once famous "Springbok" logo hasn’t been seen for decades. The airline has regular departures from five major European cities (Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and London) serving South Africas two major hubs; Johannesburg and Cape Town. Within South Africa, the cities of Port Elizabeth, Durban and East London are also served. The range of destinations within the African continent reflects the economic influence of modern day South Africa. These include; Luanda, Abidjan, Libreville, Accra, Nairobi, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Bamako, Mauritius, Mozambique, Maputo, Windhoek, Lagos, Pointe Noire, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Entebbe, Lusaka, Livingstone, Harare and Victoria Falls. Book flights to South Africa with Alternative Airlines Fiercely proud of its history and now through the troubles of sweeping management changes over the last decade, SAA has emerged as a great way to fly to Africa. Book online now with Alternative Airlines!

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