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South African Airways

South African Airways is the national flag-carrier and the largest airline of South Africa. The airline’s main hub is O.R Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, and is located near the city of Johannesburg.Cape Town International Airport serves as the focus city of South African Airways. The official motto of the airline is "Africa's Most Awarded Airline". South African Airways is also a member of Star Alliance and has a subsidiary airline – Mango Airlines, which is a domestic low-cost airline.
 
South African Airways was founded in 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South African government. The airline was initially overseen and controlled by South African Railways and Harbours Administration. It was forced to operate long range aircrafts during the Apartheid administration and heavy sanctions by African countries. In 1997, the airline changed its previous name of Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL to the current name of South African Airways along with its image and aircraft livery, as well as the introduction of online ticketing services. South African Airways is also the main sponsor of ATP (Association of Tennis professionals. 

South African Airways has a fleet of 57 aircrafts including Airbus A340-600, Airbus A340-300 and Boeing 737-800. South African Airways serves close to 42 destinations worldwide. The airlines has several codeshare agreements with airlines like Air India, Air Mauritius, Malaysian Airlines, Saudia, JetBlue Airways, South African Express, Air Seychelles, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Airlink, and more. Voyager is the frequent-flyer program of South African Airways and consists of five tier statuses – Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Platinum.South African Airways’ callsign is "Springbok" and remains in use despite the discontinuation of the logo after 1997.
 

South African Airways-Baggage Allowance

South African Airways limits the baggage weight to 32kg per piece. If exceeding 32kg (70lb, the baggage must be checked-in as cargo at specified cargo rates.
 
South African Airways has different baggage policy depending on the destinations. Please check the official airline website for updated information. The general rule of baggage allowance in South African Airways for Business class is 2 pieces of 32kg (70lb each, with maximum dimensions of 158cm (62inches per piece. For Economy class, the allowance is 1 piece of 23kg (50lb, with a maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches.
 
Hand baggage allowance of South African Airways permits two pieces of 8kg (18lb each, measuring 56cm (L 36cm (W 23cm (H in Business class. In Economy class, you are permitted one piece of baggage not exceeding 8kg (18lb, and measuring 56cm (L 36cm (W 23cm (H.

South African Airways-Check-in Requirements

Passengers can avail South African Airways online check-in facility from the official airline website. Online check-in services for domestic flights are available from 24 hours up to 90 minutes prior to the flight’s scheduled departure time. For international flights, online check-in is available from 24 hours up to 2 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time. This way, you canavoid airport check-in queues and travel stress by checking-in before you arrive at the airport. 

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