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South African Airways (SAA) is a multi-award winning airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
SAA was established on 1st February 1934, when the South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways. Over the next 80 years, we worked hard as an organisation to overcome historical challenges and move with the times. Today, we are a proud member of the Star Alliance group and an aviation force to be reckoned with. 


We are South Africa’s national carrier and the official carrier of the Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national soccer team. Together with their low-cost airline, Mango, we hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines. We have also won the ‘Best Airline in Africa’ award in the regional category for twelve years without fail.
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, flies directly to 34 destinations and operates to 9 destinations worldwide. SAA is a Star Alliance member with over 18 400 daily flights to more than 1300 airports in 191 countries. Through our Star Alliance membership, we are able to offer another 1300 destinations to SAA passengers.
With South African Airways, every flight is a journey to remember. Thanks to our sky-high standards and premium outlook, our passengers can expect the latest entertainment, friendly service and superior cuisine. We don’t just take people from one place to another. We provide a superior travel experience with a unique, African flavour. From booking your flight to checking in and stepping on board, every step of the journey is designed to make you feel at home. 
Local travellers will now be able to enjoy a new contemporary and stylish SAA lounge - called the VIA Lounge - in the Domestic Departures area of OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The lounge is both a home away from home and an exclusive, luxurious club. Decorated in earthy tones complimented by SAA’s bold primary colours, guests can enjoy ample and comfortable seating areas, fresh, premium meals and snacks, a rotating art gallery showcasing the work of South African artists, a Junior Pilots kids’ area, dramatic runway views and high-speed Internet. SAA Business Class, Voyager Lifetime Platinum, Platinum, Gold and Silver members, SAA/Nedbank Platinum Credit Cardholder, Star Alliance Gold members and Investec Private Bank Account cardholders are welcome to access our new VIA Lounge.