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SAL (Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens) is better known by its English name as South African Airways, or SAA, and is SA's flag carrier airline. The airline flies to 38 destinations worldwide and is the only SA airline to have earned the prestigious Skytrax 4-start rating for several consecutive years.

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The airline was founded in 1934 after Union Airlines had been acquired by the SA government. Since those days, the airline has grown to become the foremost airline in Africa. SAL is a proud member of the Star Alliance Network, It's air miles programme is called SAA Voyager, with air miles accruable across the Star Alliance network.

SAL's cross-border itineraries are routed via Johannesburg, rather than Cape Town.

In terms of local presence, SAL also owns low cost carrier Mango Airlines. It has links with South African Express and SA Airlink as well.

According to the SAL website, the airline is committed to the highest quality and service standard. While SAL's service and reliability is generally good, the airline has been facing numerous financial and management challenges, and have widely been accused of anti-competitive behaviour in the SA airline market.

A number of senior executives have also left SAL under a cloud in the last few years.

The SAL in-flight experience

  • 2 | 4 | 2 seat allocation
  • Seat back televisions on long haul flights
  • Audio Video On Demand (AVOD) except on the A340-200 aircrafts
  • Airscape in flight entertainment channel
  • Sawubona in- flight mag
  • Long haul amenity kits in Business Class and First Class.

SAA flight routes

SAA regularly flies throughout South Africa. In addition, it also flies to a range of regional and international destinations, including:

  • Flights to Perth
  • Flights to Zurich
  • Flights to New York
  • Flights to Washington
  • Flights to Sao Paulo
  • Flights to Frankfurt
  • Flights to Paris
  • Flights to Mumbai
  • Since Malaysia Airlines discontinued the Cape Town to Buenos Aires flight route, SAL currently also offers the most direct flight routing to Argentina and Brazil, albeit by default, via Joburg.
SAL reservations

Simply use the above flight cost comparison tool and select the SAL results to make your own flight reservations within minutes. Alternatively, You can also contact SAL Reservations on 0861 FLYSAA (0861 359722) from 06:00 to 22:00 daily.

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