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About South African Airways
South African Airways (website www.flysaa.com) is South Africa’s flag carrier airline. Founded in 1934 and headquartered at Airways Park, OR Tambo International Airport, the airline currently flies to over 35 destinations around the world. The airline operates scheduled passenger flights using a fleet of 54 aircraft.
The current SAA airline livery was introduced in 1997, when the traditional Springbok emblem and old South African national colours was dropped. The Afrikaans naming convention, Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens or SAL, was dropped as well. In addition to owning Mango Airlines, SAA also enjoys a strategic alliance with its two regional South African subsidiary airlines. While direct flights to Buenos Aires was restored in 1998, these were subsequently discontinued a few years ago.
By 2015, SAA was flying to 37 destinations in 26 countries across Africa, North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia. Domestically, SAA flies to 5 cities, but it also serves a far larger network through its affiliates Airline South African Express and Airlink, domestically and regionally speaking.
The airline also enjoys codeshare agreements with the likes of Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air India, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Jet airways and JetBlue Airways, further extending its international carrier capabilities. It is also one of the primary airlines operating international scheduled flights into Nigeria and beyond.
The SAA Fleet
The year 2000 saw the airline conducting a major fleet upgrade, with 21 next-generation Boeing 737-800s reported worth more than $650 being acquired. This also saw the phasing out of the older Airbus A300 and A320 aircraft ranges, with the new Boeings being deployed along the airline’s local and regional flight routes. By 2015, the airline’s fleet consisted of 57 aircraft in total, comprising predominantly of Boeing 737s and various Airbus models.
While talks of another major fleet upgrade have been on in progress for the last few years, the airline’s financial position has not allowed for the acquisition of new generation, more fuel-efficient planes yet.
On South African Airways’ domestic flights, Economy Class passengers’ luggage weight is 23kg (1 item only). Business Class travellers are permitted to carry a single piece of checked in luggage not weighting more than 32kg.
On SAA’s international flights, passengers are permitted to carry 2 items of baggage, each not weighing more than 32kg.
In terms of carry-on luggage each passenger is allowed to carry a single piece of hand luggage, which must be able to fit into either the overhead storage compartments, or under the passenger’s seat. (This excludes standard laptop bags.) The maximum weight limit for hand luggage on SAA flights is 8kg.
SAA Reservations: Contact Details
Contact SAA on one of the following numbers or email address:
• Tel: 0861 FLYSAA from within South Africa
• International Tel: +27 (0) 11 978 5313
• Voyager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking South African Airways Flights
Use the above flight booking form to compare prices and book your own SAA flights online, or call+27 (0) 11 978 5313 to speak to one of their in-house travel consultants.