South African Airways offers 3 easy options for check-in:
Airport Counter Check-in: Check-in for your flight in the most conventional manner by stopping by the South African Airways counter at the airport.
Next Day or Advance Check-in: This option allows you to save time and check-in for your flight up to 24 hours in advance of your departure time via the internet. To check-in online, visit South African Airways’ online check-in page. After checking-in, you can print out your boarding pass and proceed directly to the security gates if you aren’t checking any baggage. If you have to check baggage be sure to stop by the South African Airways counter. This service is only available for certain airports, please see the list on the South African Airways online check in page above.
Electronic Kiosk Check-in: For those who want to bypass the lines at the counter on busy travel days, South African Airways offers check-in services for passengers via electronic kiosks. Typically, these kiosks contain South African Airways signage on them and are located near the South African Airways counter. This service is available at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Checked Luggage Restrictions for South African Airways
For those traveling Economy Class you will be allowed 1-2 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 23 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per piece. Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit South African Airways’ Baggage Allowance Page.
For those traveling Business Class you will be allowed 1-2 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 30-32 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per piece. Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit South African Airways’ Baggage Allowance Page.
If you are traveling with a child under two years old you will be allowed an additional piece of luggage not exceeding 10kg and a collapsible stroller.
Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for South African Airways
For those flying Economy Class, 1 piece of carry-on luggage is allowed, with a maximum weight of 8 kg, and total dimensions (L + W + H) of 115 cm.
Travelers may also take items for personal use into the cabin including laptops, cameras, purses, mp3 players, food, pillows, etc. For the complete list of allowed carry-on and personal items on South African Airways please visit their Baggage Restrictions Page.
South African Airways Special Luggage Requirements
South African Airways allows passengers to take some non-traditional traveling items with them to their destinations including canoes, archery equipment and surfboards. For more information on traveling with these special items, visit South African Airways’ Baggage Allowance Page.
South African Airways offers 2 options for seating on their flights:
Economy class seating on South African Airways has a distance of 31-33 inches between seats. The seats vary between aircraft but some have individual Audio Video On Demand screens and telephones at each seat.
Business class seating on South African Airways has a distance of 36-73 inches between seats. The seats vary between aircraft but some have flatbed seats, individual reading lights, power points, telephone and individual entertainment screens.
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Flying with your pets can be a safe and fun experience if airline rules and regulations are followed. Live pets can only be transported to countries where the regulations of the country permit, and subject to the terms and conditions specified by that country. Pets can often travel on flights with you in the cabin, in the hold as checked baggage, or in the hold, as cargo. See South African Airways’ Traveling with Pets.
Dependant on the flight, and type of aircraft, South African Airways offers a wide variety of food, beverage and entertainment options.
Business Class offers a range of entertainment facilities, depending on your flight. On longer flights there is an Audio Video on Demand system including movies, short programs, up to 14 audio channels and games including chess and blackjack. For further information see South African Airways’ entertainment page. Food and beverage options may include a la carte dining with the option to eat what you want, when you want. Fine wines and champagnes are also available to business class passengers.
South African Airways operates a fleet consisting of Airbus and Boeing airplanes. Their fleet consists of Airbus A319, A330, A340 and Boeing 737 and 747 aircraft.
South African Airways lounges are fully operational in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and 4 other cities.
South African Airways lounge access is available to business class passengers, as well as SAA Voyager Platinum, Gold and Silver members and Star Gold members.