South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates from Johannesburg, South Africa, to 38 destinations worldwide. SAA’s international network creates links to all major continents from South Africa through 10 direct routes and code shares, with daily flights from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Munich, Mumbai, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Washington, and Sao Paulo.
The history of South African Airways dates back to 1934, when the South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways. The airline was renamed South African Airways (SAA), and fell under the control of the South African Railways and Harbour administration. The outbreak of World War II resulted in SAA being divided into two wings: a defence wing controlled by the Department of Defence and a commercial wing controlled by the Administration.
The flagship carrier of South Africa became the first airline in Africa and only the second one in the world to operate a passenger jet on commercial flights. It was the 4th of October 1953 when the de Havilland Comet left London for Johannesburg.
In 2005 South African Airways introduced a non-stop Hajd service to Medina, which was a privilege that until then was only reserved to Saudi Arabian airlines. The African carrier was the first non-Saudi airline to do so.
SAA offers more frequencies than any other airline in South Africa.
Regionally, SAA offers 24 destinations across the African continent including Abidjan, Accra, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Ndola, Pointe Noire, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.
South African Airways’ (SAA) efforts in serving the best food in-flight has been internationally recognised as the airline made it to the top ten in the World’s Best Business Class Airline Catering category at the 2014 World Airline Awards. The enthusiasm and attitude of the cabin crew was voted as the most oustanding in the world. Pure dedication and happy bubbly flight attendants are the keys of great service. If there is something a South African always has to spare it is definitely a big smile.