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South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA Flights) is South Africa's leading carrier, and largest domestic and international airline company. South African Airways Flights (SAA), rated by performance, revenues, safety and other criteria, is the best and most profitable airline in Africa, and one of the top airlines in the world.

SAA in the news

Word recently came in that South African Airways will be given an extra 6.5 billion rand  in state guarantees, rising overall funding pledges to more than 14 billion rand. This information comes according to the South African National Treasury.

The airline, and national carrier has three months to present an action plan, fleet strategy, plans to reduce costs, and an improval in governance. These terms are attached to the Stat's guarantee. This guarantee will most likely ensure the operation of the airline, and will allow them to release financial statments. 

SAA airline fleet

The airline boasts a range of world class aircrafts. The South African Airways fleet consists of Boeing and Airbus airplanes.

SAA carry-on luggage 

The amount of hand luggage you may carry depends on which service class you are flying. For Business Class flyers, travellers are allowed two pieces

SAA baggage check 

Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. Generally, Economy Class travellers will be allowed 1-2 items of checked baggage. Baggage may not exceed 23 kg per piece.

SAA checking in 

South African Airways checking in procedures require passengers to check in at least one and a half hours before flight departure. Counters for check in and acceptance of baggage close 40 minutes prior to departure.

SAA in flight service

The wide range of South African Airways in-flight services includes; audio entertainment, personal television screens, movies, games and meals and beverages.


SAA lounges

There are currently five lounges in operation. South African Airways lounge access is available to business class passengers, SAA Voyager Platinum, Gold and Silver members and Star Gold members.

SAA special luggage 

South African Airways special baggage can be carried free of charge as part of your free checked baggage allowance. If the total number of bags exceeds the maximum weight then you will need to pay extra bag charges.

SAA travelling with pets 

South African Airways does allow travelling with pets. Pets will be carried in the aircraft hold. Only service dogs can be carried in the passenger cabin. Service dogs are carried free of charge.

SAA seating options

South African Airways offers 2 options for seating on their flights. Economy Class seating has a distance of 31-33 inches between seats. Most seats have individual Audio Video screens and telephones.

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