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South African Airways

South African Airways brings the world to Africa and takes Africa to the world. SAA are the national airline of South Africa and was founded in 1934. Start your Southern Africa adventure the moment you step on board.

It currently offers flights to over 50 destinations in Africa itself, 30 of which are in Southern Africa. In addition, South African Airlines operates services to the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.

Travel classes and legroom

Business Class:

  • 2-2-2 seat configuration, with power at every seat 
  • Forward facing flat beds with 73in seat pitch
  • Generous two piece baggage allowance (32kg per bag)
  • Overnight mattress, duvet and full size pillow
  • Latest movies and TV shows on-demand, via a personal 12 inch widescreen screen
  • A-la-carte dining, inspired by South Africa’s finest chefs
  • Award winning South African wines
  • Departure and arrivals lounges at Heathrow and Johannesburg, where you can shower, have your suit pressed or enjoy breakfast
  • Online check-in

Economy Class:

  • 2-4-2 seat configuration
  • Seat pitch of 32-34in and 18" width
  • Generous one piece baggage allowance (23kg per bag)
  • Latest movies and TV shows on-demand, via a personal 10 inch screen
  • South African inspired cuisine served with excellent South African wines
  • Online check-in

South African Airways fly to the following African countries:

  • Botswana
  • South Africa
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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South African Airways

SKYTRAX rating and Audley opinion

Great food and wine in pleasant cabins.


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