The national flag carrier airline and most awarded air carrier in Africa. South African Airways is the largest domestic airline in South Africa, with its headquarters situated in Airways Park in Kempton Park, Gauteng. It was founded in 1934 when Union Airways was acquired by the South African government. The airline has joined Star Alliance airline in 2006 and replaced its fleet with newer aircrafts and is currently the only African airline that got a 4 star rating by independent research consultants. Since February 2012 SAA added their new A320 that made its first revenue flight between Johannesburg and Durban. More of the A320’s was delivered during 2012 and 2013.
The SAA flights have special flight offers and low cost discounted fares both for domestic South African flights and international routes. For loyal customers South African Airways offer their travellers frequent flyer programme where miles are earned on both local and international flights including flights with South African Airlink, South African Express Airways and Airlink Swaziland. The more you fly, the more prominent your Voyager status becomes affording your additional benefits when flying or with their growing partner network, an exchange of miles for awards within three calendar years.
SAA Check-In is quick and effective and gives you more time to do things you want to do, whether you browse through duty free or simply land at the airport a little later. It is satisfied to offer simpler, smarter and faster check-in service. You can print your ticket 24 hours before flight take-off, and also select or change your seat. Online Check-in will stay open up to an hour and a half before domestic take-offs and up to 2 hours before international flights.
For all passengers who have e-tickets, saa online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure and will stay open up to 90 minutes for domestic and up to 2 hours prior to international departures. The check-in time is different for different flights; Flights to America: Before 4 hours; International flights: Before 3 hours; and for all domestic flights: Before 2 hours.
And the best part, even if you have bags, you can check-in online. Simply go to the bag drop desk at your departure terminal, where your bags will be marked by the customer service staff and sent to the flight you are about to board. The locations of the bag drop work ranges will be listed on the summary page of saa online check in and on the passengers boarding pass.