SAA Flights

SAA is South Africa’s most well-known airline and is also the country’s national flag carrier. In fact, South African Airways is SA’s largest airline and is particularly popular with locals due to its extremely high standards and excellent customer service.

History of SAA

SAA, previously called Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL), has grown significantly over the last couple of years. It was founded in 1934, rebranded in 1997 (a few years after the end of the apartheid era) and consequently dropped the old Springbok emblem to make way for a redesigned logo bearing the colours of the new national flag.


South African Airways

Photo credit: Xevi V

Today, the airline is a major carrier in Africa offering the widest network of flights to destinations within the continent and beyond. Its headquarters are in the Airways Park at OR Tambo International Airport in the Gauteng region of South Africa.


SAA Worldwide Destinations

South African Airways currently flies to over thirty international destinations in twenty-six countries. These countries are scattered across the continents of Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Asia as well as Australasia. SAA is one of the few airlines serving six continents. Other airlines similarly serving six continents include Qatar, Emirates, Qantas, British Airways, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines.


South African Airways Voyager Miles Programme

As with most airlines, SAA provides a loyalty m

iles programme to all customers. This frequent flyer programme comprises 5 tiers – blue, silver, gold, platinum and lifetime platinum.


South African Airways Boeing 737-844

South African Airways Boeing 737-844 (Photo credit: jbself20)

SAA Baggage Allowances

According to the Fly SAA website, there are numerous baggage allowances depending on where you are flying to and also whether you are flying economy or business class. Ensure you review the baggage allowance on the Fly SAA website prior to departing.

If you’re flying domestically you can take 1 checked-in piece of 32 kg (business class) or 1 checked-in piece of 23 kg (economy class).


South African Express

South African Express operates independently of South African Airways and focuses on shorter routes flying within South Africa and to numerous countries in the southern African region including Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique as well as the DRC.


Baggage Allowance on SA Express

SA Express offers the following check-in baggage allowances:


20 kg for adults

20 kg for children

10 kg for infants (as well as a collapsible stroller)


SA Express offers the following hand luggage baggage allowances:

7 kg per passenger – the bag must be a maximum of 52 x 40 x 23 cm.


Book a SAA Flight now at SA Flights – your one-stop-shop for the cheap flights South Africa.

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