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South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier of South Africa, based in Johannesburg. The airline was founded in 1934 and is one of the oldest airlines in Africa. SAA operates scheduled passenger flights to more than 35 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. The airline has a fleet of Airbus A319, A320, A330, and A350 aircraft and offers a range of classes for passengers, including Economy, Business, and First Class. SAA is a member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world, and has codeshare agreements with several other airlines. The airline is committed to providing safe, reliable, and comfortable air travel to its passengers and has won several awards for its service over the years.


Baggage Policy

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.

Carry-on Baggage

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.

Checked 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.

Cabin Classes

South African Airways (SAA) has 2 cabin classes which you can choose from – Economy or Business Class.

Economy 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.

Business Class

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 & WIFI

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.

Food & Drink

All passengers will receive free meals or snacks and drinks onboard, this depends on the duration of the flight.

Special Meals

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

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

Airport Check-in

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.


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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 handled more than 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport include Air BotswanaAir ChinaAir France, Air Seychelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian AirlinesEtihad Airways, Kulula, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. This airport is also featured on our best airports for shopping blog, be sure to check it out!

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