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Useful Insights about South African Airways

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Hub Airports: O.R. Tambo International Airport
Head Quarter: Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
Popular Route:Accra - Washington DC
Popular Destinations:Cape Town, Harare, Johannesburg

SAA offers three distinct classes of service, based on fare, quality of in-flight services and luxury.

South African Airways Economy ClassEconomy Class: Enjoy the best in class seating with plush leather seats that recline more than any other airline. The seats are wide and have extra legroom, and are placed in 2-4-2 manner so that passengers are never far away from the aisle. Enjoy complimentary drinks and savor variety of heavenly dishes and lip smacking South African dishes. Watch the latest blockbusters, TV shows and listen to your favorite music on the personal 10" entertainment screens. Economy class in SAA also allows more baggage in number and weight to be carried aboard or checked in to the aircraft than any of its competitors.

South African Airways Economy ClassBusiness Class: Relax and enjoy the comfort of South African Airways Business class. Business class comes equipped with fully flat beds, duvets, pillows make the journey easy and luxurious. The pattern followed is 2-2-2 so that no passenger is far away from the aisle, power outputs, USB ports and music jacks are given for the passengers use. Passengers can keep entertained with the on-demand entertainment and enjoy latest movies and TV shows. While onboard, savor mouth-watering dishes accompanied by delicious South African Wines.

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A member of Star Alliance, South African Airways (SAA) is the most awarded airline of Africa. It runs over 18,500 daily flights to nearly 1,300 airports located across 192 countries. SAA is involved in codes share agreements with 27 other airlines and code share partnerships with United, Air Canada and JetBlue in North America. This collaboration helps in easy connections of SAA’s flights to over 30 cities. SAA has received the Skytrax 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award twelve times in succession. It has also won the “Best Airline Staff Service in Africa” Award three times.

The airline operates domestic and international flights to 40 destinations across the globe. The regular scheduled flights include nonstop flights from New York as well as direct flights from Washington DC (via Dakar) to Johannesburg. The domestic network of SAA runs total 660 flights in a week between Johannesburg – Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, from its Johannesburg hub, as well as code-shared flights between Lanseria – Cape Town and Durban. The airline operates flights to 26 destinations across the continent. The destinations include Dakar, Blantyre, Kinshasa, Lagos, Cotonou, Luanda, Entebbe, Libreville, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Abidjan, Livingstone, Maputo, Accra, Lilongwe, Mauritius, Brazzaville, Harare, Ndola, Windhoek, Victoria Falls, Lusaka, Nairobi and Pointe Noire. In its range of international flights, SAA offers flights to different cities in other continents, such as flights from Johannesburg to Frankfurt, London (Heathrow), Washington, Hong Kong, Beijing, Mumbai, Perth, Sao Paulo, Munich and New York.

In-flight Amenities
  • South African Airways offers a number of in-flight amenities like audio-video on demand that play on big personal screens.
  • An award winning wine cellar and bespoke cuisine made according to the taste needs of a diverse clientele, have something to please each and every flyer. A-la-carte menu is offered to passengers so that they can choose from a wide array of dishes from South African inspired cuisines to international foods.
  • Browse through a range of interesting articles from all over the world, in the latest issue of the airlines' own magazine, Suwabona.
  • Experience a delightful shopping spree when you shop from the duty free on-board shopping option in South African Airways.
Online Check-in
South African Airlines offers online and mobile check-in to its clients, from 24 hours to 1 hour prior to the departure. Boarding passes can be printed or downloaded on to the phones at the convenience of the passengers, in turn avoiding long queues and hassles.

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