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South African Airways

South African Airways

Bringing the World to Africa

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About South African Airways

IATA code SA
South African Airways headquarters Kempton Park - South Africa
Main operational airport Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Number of destinations covered by South African Airways Around 57 destinations
Most popular destination JED - CPT - JNB - DMM
Most popular routes CPT - JED, CPT - DMM, DXB - CPT, CPT - CAI
Year of establisment 1934
Parent company Department of Public Enterprises
Popular fleet Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Airbus A330
Official website of South African Airways
Contact number of South African Airways 0027 11 978 2888

South African Airways was founded in 1934 in Johannesburg, where the airline still has its headquarters. South African Airways was formed when the South African government acquired Union Airways. SAA currently operates a fleet size of 55 aircraft and flies to 39 destinations worldwide. Mango is SAA’s low cost subsidiary airline, catering to domestic flights.
With South African Airways bookings, travelers can also sign up for their frequent flyer program named Voyager, and benefit from a wide range of rewards.  

Passengers who book South African Airways flights can enjoy a host of amenities, including South African Airways online check-in and many more exclusive services.

South African Airways online booking is available on Almosafer.

South African Airways services for Economy Class and Business Class

Economy Class

  • A light snack or a scrumptious 3-course meal depending on flight length
  • Pre-booked special meals
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Amenity kit

Business Class

  • Adjustable headrest with adaptable ears
  • Generous legroom
  • USB and laptop charging outlet
  • A la carte menu
  • Signature dishes from world renown chefs

South African Airways Baggage Allowance

  • Each checked baggage should not weigh more than 23 kg for Economy Class and 32 kg for Business Class.
  • Hand baggage allowance is one piece weighing 8 kg for Economy Class and two pieces weighing 8 kg each for Business Class (excluding the small handbags or laptops).
  • If a bag exceeds the allowed weight, it must be checked-in as cargo which will then be subject to the SAA Cargo rate.

South African Airways Check-in Information

For passengers with a confirmed e-ticket, online check-in for all South African Airways flights can be made 24 hours before departure.

FAQs for South African Airways

  • Does South African Airways allow web check-in?

    Yes, South African Airways allows web check-in.

  • Does South African Airways provide online seat selection?

    Yes, South African Airways offers online seat selection at a nominal fee or free. It depends on your flight booking.

  • Can I cancel my flight on South African Airways?

    Almosafer would help you with cancellations. Make sure to check our cancellation policy before making any changes. Furthermore, Cancellation information can be found via your booking details.

  • How can I find cheap South African Airways flights?

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  • Does South African Airways offer priority boarding?

    South African Airways provide priority boarding to business and first-class passengers, passengers with frequent flyer status or loyalty program members, and passengers with disabilities or special needs.

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