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FAQs about flying with South African

  • What is South African's carry-on size allowance?

    On board South African flights, cabin baggage should not exceed 22x14x9in. If your hand luggage is bigger, the South African assistance team will most likely ask you to pay extra for checked luggage.

  • Where does South African fly to?

    South African offers direct flights to 15 cities in 11 different countries. Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are the most popular cities covered by South African.

  • What is South African’s primary hub?

    South African concentrates most of its flight operations in Johannesburg.

  • How does KAYAK find such low prices on South African flights?

    KAYAK is a travel search engine, meaning that we continuously look across the web to find the best deals for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from all airlines, including South African.

  • What’s the cheapest route that South African flies?

    In the last 72 hours, the cheapest route flown by South African found on KAYAK was from Johannesburg to Durban, with a price of $74 for a round-trip.

  • What are the most popular airports for South African flights to depart from?

  • Is South African part of an airline alliance?

    Yes, South African is part of the Star Alliance airline alliance.

  • How many destinations does South African fly to?

    In total, South African flies to 15 destinations.

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South African customer reviews

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7.3 Good
Pros:I don't remember a great deal after flying for many long hours. I do know I enjoy the vegetarian breakfasts quite a bit.
Cons:I can't think of anything that was untowards. There was a minor delay in boarding I think but that wasn't a concern to me. I like to think we are each doing our very best. The flight attendants work very long hours with a slew of people. I appreciate your inquiries.
8.3 Very good
Pros:Dinner was delicious!
Cons:They "ran out of the food I wanted by the time they got to me. No big deal accept for the people behind me got the food that they supposedly ran out of!!! One of the flight attendants was constantly rude to me. Did not catch her name so I guess that cant be addressed.
7.6 Good
Pros:Crew was fine as usual. People are always welcoming and accommodating.
Cons:I'm going to sound like the old joke, "The food here isn't what it used to be." "And neither are the portions!" It's a long-haul flight, though, so there ought to be more snacks and variety. I was in the front third of the economy cabin, and by the time they reached me they'd run out of 2 of the 3 choices, and the remaining one, a beef goulash, was probably 2 ounces of meat, plus fake mashed potatoes and frozen vegetables cooked to the usual imperfection. Another container had a side of orzo, probably 1.5 ounces, and there was a snack-sized Snickers. That was it until breakfast about 12 hours later on a flight that took off at 10:40 am local time.
9.3 Wonderful
Pros:Excellent, kind , helpful and friendly crew on my Johannesburg to NYC flight - one of the best I have ever flown with ! Thank you !
2.0 Poor
Cons:Webjet booked the tickets wrong and put 2 tickets into 1 persons name. We had to spend $1500 to buy a second ticket to the same flight because the travel agent was not willing to fix the issue in time for the flight take off. We went to the airport 3 hours early to make sure of no issues! And then we had to deal with almost missing the flight!!!
8.0 Very good
Pros:The food was really nice and the crew were very helpful.
Cons:Our experience could have been better if the flights were on time and if the boarding process was a little more organized. Otherwise, we had a great experience with SA airlines and will most likely fly with them again.
6.3 Okay
Cons:Entertainment system had to be re-booted and when they got it working, my system would not work in my seat at all. Made for a very long and miserable flight home.
7.6 Good
Pros:This flight from Johannesburg to Washington - return - is a 17 hour flight with the middle hour on the ground in Dakar for refueling. We have flown this flight many times complete and also halfway. Some get on or off in Dakar - which makes it difficult for everyone as seating arrangements and cleaning are adjusted before the second leg of the journey. Overall the staff did a good job of taking care of things as necessary.
Cons:The pilot could have made more adjustments for turbulence throughout the flight. Both the visual entertainment and the audio options were quite limited and not much on either that suited my tastes. Surely a much greater range and option on both could be made available.
8.6 Very good
Pros:Got a free upgrade to business so that was very nice. New interior, good wine, and a smiling crew made it a nice experience
7.6 Good
Pros:The crew between Joburg and Accra were friendly and fantastic. Less so the crew from Accra to DC
Cons:SAA’s food quality has declined over the past 20 years. And entertainment seems to be running a bit behind compared to other airlines.

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All South African flight routes

Flight #Departure AirportArrival AirportDurationMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
22Johannesburg (JNB)Harare (HRE)1h 35m
76Johannesburg (JNB)Windhoek (WDH)1h 55m
77Windhoek (WDH)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 45m
40Johannesburg (JNB)Victoria Falls (VFA)1h 35m
41Victoria Falls (VFA)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 40m
59Kinshasa (FIH)Johannesburg (JNB)3h 50m
25Harare (HRE)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 40m
58Johannesburg (JNB)Kinshasa (FIH)3h 50m
63Lusaka (LUN)Johannesburg (JNB)2h 0m
419Johannesburg (JNB)Port Elizabeth (PLZ)1h 35m
422Port Elizabeth (PLZ)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 35m
369Johannesburg (JNB)Cape Town (CPT)2h 10m
62Johannesburg (JNB)Lusaka (LUN)1h 55m
354Cape Town (CPT)Johannesburg (JNB)2h 10m
572Durban (DUR)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 5m
190Johannesburg (JNB)Port Louis (MRU)4h 0m
191Port Louis (MRU)Johannesburg (JNB)4h 25m
571Johannesburg (JNB)Durban (DUR)1h 5m
57Abidjan (ABJ)Accra (ACC)1h 5m
56Accra (ACC)Abidjan (ABJ)1h 0m
57Accra (ACC)Johannesburg (JNB)5h 50m
56Johannesburg (JNB)Accra (ACC)6h 5m
223Sao Paulo (GRU)Johannesburg (JNB)9h 0m
222Johannesburg (JNB)Sao Paulo (GRU)10h 0m
227Sao Paulo (GRU)Cape Town (CPT)7h 35m
60Johannesburg (JNB)Lagos (LOS)6h 0m
61Lagos (LOS)Johannesburg (JNB)5h 55m
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Overview of South African

SAA codeshares with many other airlines, including LAM Mozambique Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, and United Airlines, meaning they often take turns servicing one another’s flights. If you will be flying within South Africa, your flight may also be serviced by Mango Airlines, as this company is owned by SAA and is often used for shorter trips.

This airline is known for having its primary hub in Johannesburg, but it also services flights to over 35 destinations in the world. While many of the company’s destinations are located in African countries, such as Namibia and Zimbabwe, you can also fly to Europe, Asia, and South America, with some country examples being the United Arab Emirates, England, and Thailand.

For those flying with SAA, there are two primary classes to choose from, including Economy and Business. Economy is the most popular option and offers basic amenities and services, including entertainment, a blanket, and a pillow, while Business provides a more luxurious experience that gives travelers access to comfortable chairs, more leg room, and a welcome pack that includes items such as headphones.

Out of the many types of aircrafts that the company uses in its fleet, almost all of them are Airbus. While the Airbus A340-600 is one of the largest choices that is used and can fit over 300 passengers, the Airbus A320-200 is the most commonly employed option by the airline and is best for shorter flights, with its maximum capacity being 138 passengers and crew members.

South African information

Top routeCape Town to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport
Airports served15
Top airportJohannesburg OR Tambo

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