South African Airways

South African Airways
South African Airways Information South African Airways Fleets
South African Airways History South African Airways Baggage Allowance
South African Airways Destinations South African Airways Phone Number

South African Airways Information

Founded 1934 ( first purchased as Union Airways by SA Government)
  • OR Tambo International Airport
  • Cape Town International Airport
Frequent flyer program Voyager
Member lounge Cycad/Baobab Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 54 (6 on Order)
Destinations 37
Parent company Transnet
Headquarters Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South african
Key people Chris Smyth (CEO)
Kaushik Patel (CFO)

South African Airways History

South African Airways (SAA) is a flag carrier of South Africa. It is biggest international and domestic airline corporation, with centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is known as Afrikaans (Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL), though this edition of name no more emerges on airline's colors. It is seated on basis of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

South African Airways History

South African Airways Formation

In the year of 1934, Union Airways was purchased through South Africa govt and it was renamed South African Airways on 1st February. The primary cities provided were Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The next year, on 1st February, South African Airways captured South-West African Airways which had as 1932 been granting a daily air-mail service between Kimberley and Windhoek.

In 1930s South African Airways entered the global markets with flights to Uganda and Kenya at the British East Africa. In 1930s, SAA airline was Junkers JU-52, tenderly known as Tante-Ju. And eleven for those flew for South African Airways.

In the year of 1944 SAA started operating Lockheed Lodestar to resume domestic services. By 1948, SAA was operating 19 examples. And these were introverted in 1955.

On 10th November, 1945 South African Airways attained a longtime corporation goal through working a way to Europe when Avro York landed in Bournemouth, England, after elongated flight from Palmietfontein near Johannesburg. And these were restored through Lockheed Constellation on global means in 1950.

South African Airways Alliance

On 10th April, 2006, SAA officially joined the Star Alliance. It started code-share service with the United Airlines and it has a code-share with Air New Zealand, Lufthansa and several other Star Alliance members.

South African Airways is an airline associate of, the recurrent flyer agenda for Emirates. And Skywards associates can save miles for flying South African and can convert miles for free flights. it has an affiliation with El Al Israel Airlines.

South African Airways Destinations

South African Airways flies to 5 domestic destinations and 32 worldwide destinations in 26 countries across America, Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa. It works intercontinental routes to New York City, São Paulo, Washington, D.C., London, Mumbai, Munich, Perth, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. Most intercontinental and international flights work from Johannesburg. The single intercontinental way from Cape Town is to London. It also operates frequent regional and domestic routes.

South African Airways, along with United Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Qantas and Delta Air Lines- in one of merely 8 airlines that fly to all 6 occupied continents.

South African Airways Destinations


Central african

  • Angola
    • Luanda - Quatro de Fevereiro Airport
  • Cameroon
    • Douala - Douala International Airport
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Kinshasa - N'Djili Airport
  • Gabon
    • Libreville - Leon M'Ba Airport

East African

  • Kenya
    • Nairobi - Jomo Kenyatta Airport
  • Malawi
    • Blantyre - Chileka International Airport
    • Lilongwe - Lilongwe International Airport
  • Mauritius
    • Mauritius - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport
  • Mozambique
    • Maputo - Maputo International Airport
  • Tanzania
    • Dar es Salaam - Julius Nyerere Airport
    • Zanzibar - Zanzibar Airport
  • Uganda
    • Entebbe - Entebbe Airport

Southern African

  • Botswana
    • Gaborone - Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
  • Namibia
    • Windhoek - Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • South african
    • Cape Town - Cape Town Airport Hub
    • Durban - Durban Airport
    • East London - East London Airport
    • Johannesburg - OR Tambo Airport Hub
    • Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth Airport
  • Zambia
    • Lusaka - Lusaka Airport
    • Livingstone - Livingstone Airport
  • Zimbabwe
    • Harare - Harare International Airport
    • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Airport

West African

  • Ghana
      Accra - Kotoka Airport
  • Nigeria
    • Lagos - Murtala Mohammed Airport
  • Senegal
    • Dakar - Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport


North America

  • United States
    • New York City - John F. Kennedy International Airport
    • Washington, D.C. - Washington Dulles International Airport

South America

  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires - Ministro Pistarini International Airport
  • Brazil
    • São Paulo - São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport


  • China
      Hong Kong - Hong Kong International Airport
  • India
    • Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport


  • Germany
    • Frankfurt - Frankfurt Airport
    • Munich - Munich Airport
  • United Kingdom
    • London - London Heathrow Airport


  • Australia
    • Perth - Perth Airport

South African Airways Fleets

Aircraft In Service Passengers
Airbus A319-100 11 120 (25/95)
Airbus A330-200 6 On order TBA
Airbus A340-200 6 239 (24/215)
Airbus A340-300 6 264 (38/226)
Airbus A340-600 9 317 (42/275)
Boeing 737-800 17 157 (32/125)
Boeing 747-400 2 290(30/260)
Total 54  

South African Airways Baggage Allowance

Free Checked Baggage Allowance - Weight Concept

Class Baggage Allowance
First Class 40kg (88lb)
Business Class 30kg (66lb)
Economy Class 20kg (44lb)

Between South African and Australia.

Class Baggage Allowance
First Class 40kg (88lb)
Business Class 30kg (66lb)
Economy Class  

Between South African and Destinations in African (SA ONLY)

Class Baggage Allowance
First Class 40kg (88lb)
Business Class 40kg (88lb)
Economy Class 30kg (66lb)
Infants: First, Business and Economy Class – 10Kg

South African Airways Phone Number

  • Within South african - Tel: 0861 FLYSAA (0861 359722) (0861 606 606) Daily (including Public Holidays) from 06h00 to 22h00
  • International - Tel: **27 11 978 5313 Daily (including Public Holidays) from 06h00 to 22h00 (GMT+2).