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Founded on 1st February 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by government of South Africa, South African Airways received its name post acquisition. In the same year, the company started its charter operations. On successive year of same date, the airline acquired South West African Airways. By the time, frequency of the flights of South African Airways was increased and more number of flight Routss was opened. At present, it is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa.
The airline is headquartered in Airways Park on the land of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Monwabisi Kalawe is the CEO of the company. The airline is also a member of Star Alliance and owns 55 aircrafts, including Airbus & Boeing of an average age of 9.8 years. South African Airways is one of the two airlines of Africa that has been ranked as prestigious 4-star airline from Skytrax.
South African Airways Top Flight Routss
South African Airways has a fleet of 55 aircrafts and with support of these, it flies to 42 destinations, including 37 international destinations of 26 countries across Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Some of the popular cities served by this airline are Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Cape Town, Colombo, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Durban, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, and many others. Top flight Routss covered by South African Airlines are Cape Town to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Durban, where it operates 93 and 62 flights in a week respectively. The airline also flies to other destinations of the world.
Checked baggage allowance in South African Airways domestic flights are 1 piece baggage of 32 kg in weight & 158 cm in dimension in Business Class and 1 piece baggage of 23 kg in weight & 158 cm in dimension in Economy Class. For international flights, passenger can carry 2 pieces of checked baggage at a maximum of 32 kg each in Business Class and 2 pieces of checked baggage at a maximum of 23 kg each in Economy Class. As carry-on/cabin luggage, Business Class passengers can carry two pieces at a maximum of 8 kg each and Economy Class passengers can carry 1 piece of maximum 8 kg.
South African Airways Facilities & Services
South African Airways offers the handpicked entertainment options amidst clouds. From the hottest blockbusters to news, music CDs to interactive games, the in-flight entertainment of South African Airways has something for one and all. To give the passengers a better viewing experience, each seat is fitted with a screen and provided with personal headsets. It offers a number of reading materials to make your journeys more interesting. Catering delights on your South African Airways flight competes with best of restaurants and serves a number of food items. You will love to have everything that it serves to the passengers. Check the latest catalogues of the airline and enjoy duty-free shopping here.
South African Airways Check-in
Check-in time for South African Airways domestic flights closes 30 minutes before and for regional and international flights closes 50 minutes before the departure of the flight. For all passengers having confirmed e-tickets, there is availability of online check-in. It opens 24 hours prior to flight departure and closes at 90 minutes for domestic and up to 2 hours prior to international departures.