South African Airways was founded in 1934, with its Headquarters OR Tambo International Airport Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, The airline flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, using a fleet of 54 aircraft. The airline is headed by CEO Monwabisi Kalawe.
SAA is currently and historically the only African airline to be classified with the prestigious 4-star airline ranking from Skytrax. The days of SAL (Suid Afrikaanse Lugdiens) and the old guard are long gone and the modern SAA has one main objective – to bring South Africa to the world and the world to South Africa. Today SAA offers the most comprehensive portfolio of routes within South Africa and to overseas hubs.
Travelling with Pets
- With the exception of service dogs, pets cannot be carried in the passenger cabin on SAA flights
- Service dogs are carried free of charge.
- The weight of the animal and its container will be charged as excess baggage. It is not accepted as part of free baggage allowance.
- It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the animals are properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits and other documents required by countries of entry or transit.