|South African Airways is more than just South Africa's national carrier, the airline is the carrier of its dreams and connection to the continent and the world. From our first flight in February 1934, we have welcomed the world to South Africa by showing off the warm generous heart of the country.|
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. SAA's core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical: Mango its low cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA.
Its impressive fleet is among the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the skies, and includes three Boeing 737 Freighter, seven Boeing 737 – 800, eight Airbus A319-100, twelve Airbus A320-200, six Airbus A330-200, eight A340-300E and nine Airbus A340-600. To keep up with advancing technology, comfort and safety measures the airline unveiled five new Airbus A330 – 300.
We have more than 80 years of excellence and innovation to draw on and have become a global airline who excellence - 14 Skytrax awards acknowledging us the best African airline and Africa's first 4 star airline. Becoming the best airline in Africa does not happen overnight the airline also has a critical role in leading and reframing the narrative about the continent. The UK Net Promoter Scores (NPS) also showed a good indication of consumers' overall satisfaction with SAA and South African youth have continuously advocated for the airline, voting it Coolest Domestic Airline in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards. Accolades from the aviation industry matter as much as accolades from the public. While South African Airways is ubiquitous to South Africa, the brand does not rest on this laurel for relevance, but rather chooses to be engaging, strategic and iconic.