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About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier of South Africa with its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng, South Africa.

South African Airways flies to many destinations including Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Alexander Bay, Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Blantyre, Bloemfontein, Brazzaville, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dakar, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe, East London, Frankfurt, Francistown, Gaborone, Hamburg, Harare, Mahe, Madrid, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, Nairobi and many others.

 

South African Airways is a member of Star Alliance. South African Airways also has codeshare agreements with Air China, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Asiana Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Saudia. South African Airways offers  flights to safari parks such as Kruger National park, find out more about safari flights here. 

 


 

South African Airways Frequent Flyer Program

 

South African Airways offers regular passengers with the airline a frequent flyer programme, Voyager, to reward travellers whereby they can redeem miles on a choice of flights, upgrades and car rental.

 

SAA is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals. SAA owns Mango, a low cost domestic airline, and has established links with Airlink and South African Express. It currently operates as a member of the Star Alliance.

 


 

South African Airways Check-In 

 

Web Check-in

Online check-in for South African Airways 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

 

Checked Baggage

South African Airways recommend 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.


 

South African Airways Baggage

 
 
The following baggage allowance for South African Airways apply:

 

 

 
   

Business

 

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Domestic (Within South Africa)  

 

1 piece at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimensions of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

  1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Worldwide – USA / Canada     

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

     2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
per piece
Between Africa and Europe / UK  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

From Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe and Europe/UK  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

From UK to Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Africa and Asia / Japan - except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Africa and New Zealand  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb)
and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)

 

Between Africa and Middle East. Also valid on SA code-share flights and where EY is the operating carrier.  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 


Between Africa and Australia

 

 

  2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece   2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
Within Africa 
 
  2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece
 
 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between South Africa and Lagos/Abuja  

3 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

3 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between South America and Australia / New Zealand except for Brazil  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between South America, and Africa / Asia / Japan except for Brazil and Argentina- except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Africa / South America – BJS or via BJS to Asia / Japan  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Argentina - Africa  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Argentina - Asia / Japan- except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Brazil - Africa / Asia / Japan / Australia - except BJS or via BJS  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Brazil - Europe & USA  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

Between Australia and the Middle East  

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 

2 pieces at a maximum of 32 kg (70 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece

 

 
 
 

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South African Airways News

9 septiembre 2018

South African Airways add extra flights to Angola

Starting today, South African Airways has added two extra flights a week flying from South Africa to Angola. The airline will use its Airbus A320 to operate the additional services which fly between its hub airport at Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Luanda. South African Airways has now doubled the number of times it flies this route, extending it from twice a week to four times a week. 

 

A representative from South African Airways said that this is part of the airlines wider strategy of covering more countries in Africa at a higher frequency. 

 

21 junio 2018

Mango Airlines, SA Express and South African Airways to all operate as South African Airways?

Mango Airlines, SA Express and South African Airways are to merge into one airline, presumably under the name of the biggest airline of the three, South African Airways.  Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that the state has come to a decision on the merger due all three airlines flying the same routes around South Africa. The state has come to the conclusion that not only will it be more economically viable to run as one airline, but services will be a lot more efficient, as all the great minds from each individual airlines can come together as one. 

 

Gordhan also mentioned that he everyone understands that doing this is a risk. He said that merging the three airlines is going to present some tough times and challenges, but ultimately, it's a good move for South African Airways and South Africa will only benefit from it in the long run.

 

7 junio 2018

AirHelp rank South African Airways as the 5th best airline in the world

Flight compensation company, AirHelp, have released the results of their annual AirHelp score rating, which is an algorithm that rates airlines based on their quality of service, punctuality rate and claim processing (how the airline deals with customer complaints).

 

South African Airways were named the 5th best airline in the world according to AirHelp. South African Airways were given an 8.69 claim processing score, an 85% punctuality rate and a score of 8 for quality of service. This brings their overall score to an impressive 8.31.

 

31 mayo 2018

Exclusive: South African Airways to get $400 million capital injection after plea for cash - CEO

South Africa has promised another 5 billion rand ($400 million) capital injection to help its struggling state airline meet urgent financial obligations, the CEO of South African Airways (SAA) said on Thursday.

SAA has not generated a profit since 2011 and has already received state guarantees totaling nearly 20 billion rand. It needs the money to help pay debts and prop up the business as it implements a turnaround plan.

The promise of more government cash comes after SAA Chief Executive Vuyani Jarana told parliament in April that the firm needed the capital injection “now”.

“Government has committed to inject another 5 billion rand into SAA. Part of that 5 billion rand we will repay some of the creditors, suppliers, then the balance will support us for working capital until around October/November,” Jarana told Reuters in an interview.

The Treasury said it would follow its normal budgetary process, which entails seeking cabinet approval.

“The outcome of this process is expected to be finalised in time for the 2018 MTBPS (Medium Term Budget Policy Statement),” the Treasury said.

The MTBPS is usually presented to parliament in October.

Jarana said that while waiting for the funds, the company would negotiate for some breathing space with lenders.

“If Treasury needs a certain period of time to do this, lets say up to September, between now and then, we are negotiating with lenders to give us a bridging facility on the back of that commitment,” he said.

SAA is regularly cited by ratings agencies as a drain on the government purse, but the Treasury is hopeful that new executive leadership led by Jarana, a former executive at telecoms company Vodacom, would return the airline to profitability.

The government has said that SAA needs an equity partner to pump money into the company to address its liquidity crisis and to help with the implementation of a turnaround plan.

The airline was looking at several measures to cut costs and Jurana said reducing the current workforce of about 10,000 people was “inevitable”.

“Whether it’s pilots, cabin crew, administration, we are going to rationalize the workforce. It’s an unavoidable thing. We have been talking to trade unions about how we work together,” Jarana said.

“The first priority for me is job preservation, how do you find alternative jobs for people as a starting point before you go into the hard issues of retrenchments.”

Jarana said the company hopes to break even in three years time and “there onwards, everything else equal, it will be able to start paying for its own operations in terms of positive cash flows.”

 

 

5 octubre 2017

SAA acuerda contratar experto en recuperación

State airline in talks to appoint UK’s Peter Davies to help with restructuring.

South African Airways has agreed to hire a restructuring expert to help turn around the state-owned airline and meet conditions laid down by lenders to roll over debt, according to two people familiar with the matter.

El presidente ejecutivo entrante, Vuyani Jarana, se reunió con el veterano de la industria británica Peter Davies el mes pasado y aceptó ayudar a devolver SAA para obtener ganancias, dijo la gente, que pidió no ser identificada porque los planes son privados. Davies es ex CEO de aerolíneas europeas, incluidas Air Malta y Brussels Airlines, y actualmente dirige la consultora con sede en Londres Airline Management Group.

"Estamos finalizando los pasos que conducirán al nombramiento de un director de reestructuración", dijo el portavoz de SAA, Tlali Tlali, en comentarios enviados por correo electrónico. "No se puede hacer ningún anuncio sobre la identidad del candidato antes de asistir y resolver los problemas pendientes".

Davies didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment. 

The appointment of a strong management team is one of several conditions lenders have laid down to extend talks on loan repayments beyond Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s mid-term budget update in October, the people said. One of those was a payment of R700 million ($51.5 million) to Citigroup as part of R1.8 billion of debt due to the US bank by the end of September, which was released by the National Treasury along with funds for working capital on Friday.

 

Treasury confirmed the payment of R700 million to Citigroup and directed further questions to SAA.

Negociaciones de deuda

A group of South African lenders led by Nedbank Group — and including FirstRand, Standard Bank Group, Barclays Africa Group and Investec Plc — are prepared to negotiate a refinancing of debt through marzo 2019, the people said. In his mid-term budget update, Gigaba is expected to announce proposals intended to make SAA break even by about that date, including details of a recapitalisation plan, they said.

Nedbank, which is leading the talks, doesn’t provide details of its banking relationships with its clients, a spokesman said in an emailed response to questions.

SAA es una de las varias empresas estatales sudafricanas que necesitan fondos urgentes y el gobierno ha dicho que necesita un nuevo enfoque de gestión para mantenerse en funcionamiento. El transportista no ha obtenido ganancias desde 2011 y ha sobrevivido deudas respaldadas por garantías estatales. Jarana se convertirá en el primer consejero delegado permanente de la compañía desde 2015 cuando se una al operador inalámbrico Vodacom Group en noviembre 1. El Tesoro ha considerado vender parte o la totalidad de su participación de R12,000 millones en la compañía telefónica Telkom para ayudar a financiar un rescate.

 

Cortando rutas

SAA dijo la semana pasada que reduciría los vuelos a las ciudades sudafricanas de Port Elizabeth y East London como parte de su plan de reestructuración. El transportista también reducirá las rutas a Luanda, la capital de Angola, y Kinshasa en la República Democrática del Congo.

La aerolínea también está trabajando para repatriar hasta $ 1 mil millones desde Angola, Zimbabwe y Nigeria para ayudar a fortalecer el balance general, según la gente. El dinero está atrapado en esos países después de que las exportaciones colapsaron, lo que condujo a una escasez de divisas.

Jarana aporta la experiencia del sector privado de su tiempo en Vodacom y Davies ha sido identificado debido a su experiencia en aviación, dijo una de las personas.

Davies se hizo cargo de Air Malta cuando estaba haciendo una pérdida anual de 70 millones de euros ($ 82 millones) e hizo rentable a la aerolínea, según su página de LinkedIn. También fundó Caribbean Airlines en Trinidad y Tobago y también hizo que ese operador fuera rentable.

SAA ha tenido siete directores generales permanentes o temporales desde 2010. La presidenta Duduzile Myeni, una ex maestra de escuela que también encabeza la fundación benéfica del presidente Jacob Zuma, ha estado en el directorio de la aerolínea desde 2009 y actuó como presidenta de la junta hasta su nombramiento permanente en 2015. Su contrato fue renovado por un año en septiembre 2016.

 

 

29 septiembre 2017

 

New CEO of SAA to start role in November

 

South African Airways (SAA) has announced the start date of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the airline's headquarters, Airways Park, Johannesburg, as noviembre 1, 2017.

 

“We are pleased to announce that the start date of our new CEO, Mr Vuyani Jarana has been determined as 1 noviembre 2017. The decision follows the conclusion of negotiations with his current employer on his release date,” said SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

The appointment of  Jarana will bring stability at the executive tier of the airline’s leadership. This will also enable the acting CEO, Musa Zwane, to return to the maintenance subsidiary, SAA Technical, where he is a full time chief executive. 

One of  Jarana’s major responsibilities will be to ensure the effective implementation of SAA’s recently finalised five-year corporate plan. SAA must return to commercial sustainability in the shortest time possible

The Board of Directors will support Jarana and his executive team in every way possible and will exercise fiduciary responsibilities on SAA in accordance with the law and in line with the expectations of the shareholder. 

 

“This is an important step forward that will boost staff morale and instill confidence in our business from suppliers, customers and stakeholders at large,” concluded Tlali.

Jarana is appointed on a five-year contract.

 

 

abril 2017

 

South African Airways announced it had received a 4-star ranking, in both economy and business class for the 15th consecutive year.

The ranking was done by aviation experts Skytrax, whose name is associated with Quality Excellence throughout the world by the air transport industry, after detailed product and service standards audits throughout the airline, and included SAA’s new Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The process is not connected to any customer ratings. A 4-Star Airline rating signifies airlines providing a good standard of product and staff service across all travel categories, including cabin seating, safety standards, cabin cleanliness, comfort amenities, catering, tax-free sales, reading materials, in-flight entertainment, and staff service.

 

South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines expanded the code-share agreeement 

The two airlines signed on 1 octubre 2016 by adding Cape Town, Durban and Toronto (Canada) as additional destinations to the existing code-share flights. Besides Toronto as the additional destination on offer, the expanded code share now also offers a direct service between Addis Ababa to both Cape Town and Durban. These routes will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines, with SAA as the marketing carrier. The two African airlines already code-share from Addis Abba, the Ethiopian capital to Johannesburg and from Addis Ababa to Bamako in Mali with all these flights operated by Ethiopian aircraft.

 


South African Airways Route Map

South African Airways Route Map

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South African Airways Popular Routes

 

Londres  dark grey plane icon  Johannesburgo

 

Johannesburgo  dark grey plane icon  Ciudad del Cabo

 

Beijing dark grey plane icon  Ciudad del Cabo

 

Johannesburgo  dark grey plane icon  Mauricio

 

Ciudad del Cabo  dark grey plane icon  Mauricio

 

Johannesburgo  dark grey plane icon  Port Elizabeth

 
 
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South African Airways Fleet

Airbus A319- 132

 

Airbus A330- 200

 

 

 

 

Airbus A320- 232

Airbus A340- 300

 

 

 

Airbus A340- 600

 Boeing 737-800

 

 

 

South African Airways Hub Airport

O el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tambo

 

El Aeropuerto Internacional de OR Tambo es uno de los principales aeropuertos internacionales en Kempton Park, Gauteng, Sudáfrica, y es el aeropuerto principal de South African Airways.

The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport include Air Botswana, Air China, Air France, Air Seycelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Kulula, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. This airport is also featured on our best airports for shopping blog, be sure to check it out!

 

O. R. Tambo International Airport south africa

 

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Star Alliance es la red aérea líder mundial, que tiene 27 aerolíneas asociadas. Star Alliance se fundó en 1997 con las cinco aerolíneas fundadoras: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa y United Airlines. La alianza ha crecido considerablemente ahora para las aerolíneas que vuelan a 1,321 aeropuertos y 193 países, llevando 637 millones de pasajeros cada año.