South African Airways

Full Service Carrier
Fleet size
Passengers per year

South African Airways is the national carrier of South Africa. The airline operates flights to destinations in Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania and South America. The airline is one of the largest in Africa.


South African Airways is fully owned by the Government of South Africa. The airline has one full subsidiary which is Mango Airlines.

Parent company
Government of South Africa
Star Alliance
Frequent Flyer Program


South African Airways was founded in 1934. In 2006, the airline became a member of Star Alliance.


Passengers flying with South African Airways in Economy Class can bring 1 piece of cabin luggage with a maximum weight of 8 kg and a personal item with them. Business Class passengers can bring 2 pieces of hand luggage which may weight 8 kg each, they can also bring 1 additional personal item. The amount of permitted checked baggage depends on the travel class. Passengers in Economy can bring 1 piece with a maximum weight of 23 kg while Business Class passengers can bring 2 pieces of each 32 kg. Please consult website South African Airways for more information.

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In-flight Wi-Fi

The airline does not offer in-flight Wi-Fi services.


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