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South African Airways

South African Airways airlines are the South African national airways also known as Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens. The largest African air carrier was established on February 1, 1934, after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South Africa government. In 1935, the airlines were taken over by another carrier, South West African Airways.
Initially, the South African lines only offered local flights. On May 24, 1940, because of World War II, the airline’s air operations were suspended, and the carrier’s airplanes were intended for military purposes. After the war, in 1953, the airlines made their first flight to London, to Heathrow airport, with three stopovers in Nairobi, Khartoum and Rome, but since 1956, after the introduction of Douglas DC-7 aircraft, flights from Johannesburg to London have taken place with only one stop in Khartoum. In 1961, SAA lines began daily flights to London and Paris via Brazzaville and Rome. From March 1967, the network of connections has been joined by Australia, and from February 1969, by North and South America. Today, South African planes land at 37 international airports in 26 countries in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. The carrier has signed many codeshare agreements with other airlines; besides, it belongs to Star Alliance and also operates flights for other members of the alliance.

Baggage

It is allowed to take hand baggage on South African Airways flights. The dimensions and weight are determined by the airlines and may vary depending on the booking class or route. Baggage registered in South African Airways must also have certain dimensions and weight. Here, everything depends on the travel class and route as well.

Booking classes

In South African airlines you can travel in Economy and Business class. Economy class is divided into Saver with free meal, Plus for collecting miles, Select with the possibility of returning the ticket and seat reservation, Instant Upgrade with priority check-in and access to lounges at airports. The Business class offers comfortable lie-flat seats. Passengers of all classes receive a welcome pack, duvets and pillows.

Online check-in

It is possible for cruises to the USA up to 3 hours before the planned aircraft departure, and in the case of other international flights up to 2 hours.

Fleet

The South African airlines fleet consists of 65 aircrafts: Airbus A319-132, A320-232, A330-200, A340-300, A340-600, Boeing 737-800, B737-300F.

Johannesburg Airport

Johannesburg International Airport, known as OR Tambo International Airport, is the largest airport of South Africa and Africa. It is located 22 km northeast of the centre of Johannesburg. On the area of its six terminals there are over 40 convenience stores, including duty-free shops and a number of catering facilities, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Meals

Traveling by South African airlines is also a culinary pleasure. The carrier serves delicious meals and great wines. At specific request, the lines will prepare a special meal, taking into account your dietary and religious needs.

Additional services

On board SAA aircraft, passengers are provided with an entertainment system with more than a hundred films of various genres, including the latest world premieres and films for children, TV programmes with series, 170 music albums and 15 game channels.