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Flying with South African Airways

South African Airways is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa. Founded in 1934, South African Airways operates with a fleet of 52 aircraft and a network of 56 destinations in 26 countries across Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia. Along with Air China, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines, South African Airways is one of the few airlines that offer flight routes to all inhabited continents, giving credence the airline's slogan, "Bringing The World To Africa And Taking Africa To The World". Over 9 million passengers travelled with South African Airways in 2014 with a load factor of 75%. The airline is owned by the South African Government and is a member of the Star Alliance.

Online check-in

  • Online check-in for all South African Airways flights opens 24 hours before the scheduled departure. The online check-in service closes 2 hours before all domestic flights, 3 hours before all international flights and 4 hours before all flights to the US.
  • Mobile check-in is also available from the following destinations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
  • Passengers may only check in with a valid South African Airways e-ticket, an up to date passport and all relevant visas.
  • Passengers checking in online may also select their preferred seat on board the flight during the online check-in process.
  • Passengers are also able check in at airport check-in desks or self-service terminals for free.

Cabin luggage allowance

  • Cabin luggage on all South African Airways flights must not exceed the dimensions of 56cm x 36cm x 23cm.
  • The maximum weight for cabin luggage items is 8kg for all destinations operated by South African Airways.
  • 1 piece of cabin luggage baggage is allowed per person. An additional piece of cabin luggage can be purchased during the booking process.
  • If an item of cabin luggage does not conform to the size specified by the airline, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in desk to have their bag checked for a fee.

Checked baggage allowance

  • The maximum dimensions per item of checked baggage on a South African Airways flight must not exceed 158cm.
  • The standard weight allowance of any 1 item of checked baggage for flights operated by South African Airways is 23kg. This limit can be increased to a maximum of 32kg per item for a fee. For routes between Australia and The Middle East; between Brazil and Europe or the US; between Brazil and Africa, Asia, or Australia; and between Argentina and Asia, the standard weight limit per item is 32kg.
  • Most flights operated by South African airways permit passengers to check 2 items of baggage. Domestic flights within Africa; between Africa and the UK or the US; and between Africa and New Zealand permit passengers to check 1 item of baggage, while passengers on flights between South Africa and Lagos are permitted to check 3 baggage items.
  • Passengers flying with infants under the age of 2 are permitted to check 1 item of baggage weighing up to 23kg plus a stroller or carrycot.
  • Any items of baggage that exceed the weight or size allowance will be subject to additional charges, which will be calculated according to the excess size and/or weight.
  • Some items of sports equipment will be charged an excess fee because of size, fragility or other handling requirements even if the equipment meets the size and weight restrictions of the airline.

Additional information

  • Airline name: South African Airways
  • IATA code: SA
  • Year Founded: 1934
  • Headquarters: Gauteng, South Africa
  • Website:

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4.5 /5
Total reviews: 6
Heathrow - OR Tambo International Airport ( LHR - JNB )
5.0 /5
Date 2018-03-16 Location UK Age 31-50 Class Economy

The flight attendants and SAA were absolutely amazing!! Incredibly helpful and professional and made my daughter?s first alone flight a pleasant experience. Won?t hesitate to use SAA again!

4.5 /5
2 reviews
Gaborone - OR Tambo International Airport ( GBE - JNB )
5.0 /5
Date 2020-01-26 Location Botswana Age 31-50 Class Economy

Please let’s have an option to change flight time

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Perth Airport - OR Tambo International Airport ( PER - JNB )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-04-03 Location Perth Age 31-50 Class Economy

My tv didn’t work on my return flight

4.0 /5
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