South African Airways is the flag carrier for South Africa and is the only African airline to be awarded the prestigious 4 star airline ranking from Skytrax. Flying out of its hub OR Tambo International airport to 38 destinations worldwide, South African Airways operates a fleet of over 50 aircraft and is member of the Star Alliance network. South African takes pride in its culinary offering with it reflecting South Africa's rich culinary heritage.
Travelling business class on South African Airlines guarantees you a window or aisle seat regardless of where you are seated. Renowned hospitality and warmth are in abundance and the South African inspired cuisine is overseen by a Masterchef SA judge.
South African Airlines has some of the most spacious cabins in Southern Africa and with the 2-4-2 cabin seating arrangement you're never more than one seat away from the aisle. Inflight cuisine is inspired by South African food and is served with excellent South African wines together with complimentary drinks.
If you are travelling business class to London Heathrow then book the Fast Track immigration voucher to allow you to bypass the usual lengthy customs delays. South African Airways has its own frequent flyer program - Voyager. As a Star Alliance member business class travellers have access to these lounges and dedicated SAA lounges with their unique relaxing atmosphere.
Travelling business class is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the many award winning South African wines. A Masterchef SA judge, Benny Masekwameng is one of the chefs who overseas the culinary offerings and are naturally inspired by South Africa's rich heritage. For those with special dietary requirements, South African Airways offer a full range of dietary meals which should be booked prior to travelling.
International flights on the Airbus A340 300/600 have personal on-demand entertainment systems feature a selection of films, TV and audio. Economy passengers on the Airbus A340-200 and Boeing 737-800 are spoilt for choice from a list of films, sitcoms and documentaries, in addition to the useful map showing your location, airspeed and timings.
South African Airways have introduced a Fast Track immigration service to those travelling business class and arriving at London Heathrow. After the Fast Track voucher is issued to you on board you can skip the lengthy custom queues and enjoy the delights of London largest airport, perhaps the Star Alliance lounge. Having already signed up to SAA's Voyager frequent flyer program you are well on your way to reaching Gold status.
South African Airways operates a slightly different fare structure to most airlines. There are 6 fare families for its international flights: Saver, Plus, Classic, Select, Priority and Premium. Priority and Premium are broadly equivalent to business and first class offering the most flexibility in terms of ticket cancellation and refunds. The Classic fare is equivalent to economy and Select broadly that of flexible economy. The most basic Saver option still offers complimentary meals and advanced seat selection.
South African Airways has its own mobile portal that allows you to check-in via your phone, check baggage status and much more. It is the first airline in Africa to introduce this service and has been introduced with the collaboration between SAA and the Star Alliance. Whether in Economy or Business Class the renowned South African warmth and hospitality will be evident and will make for a memorable adventure.