South African Airways

Bring the world to Africa and take Africa to the world

With double daily overnight flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg,we offer flights to the largest route network in Southern Africa. We ve introduced great year round fares from regional UK departure points with connections via Heathrow to Johannesburg and beyond. Our international flights from the UK feature flat beds in Business Class, newly designed economy seats, South African inspired cuisine, signature wines and on-demand personal entertainment at every seat on the aircraft.

We are proud to be the national airline of South Africa, delivering a world-class experience every time with our renowned warm hospitality.

South Africa Airways crew and cabin

Why fly South African Airways

Star Alliance
South African Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, the leading global airline network. The Star Alliance network provides a comprehensive end-to-end service for frequent flyers. With a range of benefits, such as faster and smoother transfers, frequent flyer programmes, awards, upgrades and lounges, you’ll enjoy a convenient, smooth and efficient worldwide travel experience.

A world of privilege awaits you with our Voyager Frequent Flyer Programme. No matter which Star Alliance member airline's frequent flyer programme you belong to, you can earn and redeem miles and build status across all member airlines. Voyager is a world where the currency is Miles and the rewards are exceptional! Progress through the Voyager tiers -Silver, Gold, Platinum and ultimately, Lifetime Platinum and receive more privileges, such as Bonus Miles, access to private airport lounges and an additional baggage allowance. Three round trips gets you gold status. Redeem your miles on a choice of flights, upgrades, car rental, luxury game reserves and spas.

Product Overview

Business Class

Sotuh Africa Airways Business Class Forward facing flat beds with 73" seat pitch and 21” wide.
Benefit from an enhanced sleep with an overnight mattress, duvet and full size pillow.
Rest assured our 2-2-2 seat configuration guarantees a window or aisle seat.
Latest movies & tv shows on-demand via 12 inch widescreen
A-la-carte dining, inspired by South Africa’s finest chefs
Sit back, relax and enjoy the Star Alliance Departure & Arrivals Lounges in both directions
Power at your seat if you choose to work.
Check in online 24 hours before departure.
Dedicated check-in and priority baggage handling
Two piece baggage allowance per bag (up to 23 Kg per bag) plus extra piece of sporting  equipment.

Economy Class

South Africa Airways Economy Class 2-4-2 seat configuration guarantees that you’re only ever one seat away from the aisle.
18 inch width with 31-34 inch seat pitch
Latest movies & tv shows on-demand on a great 10 inch screen
South African inspired cuisine served with excellent South African wines
Check-in online and save time at the airport.
Check-in by phone with our speedy new mobile check-in app
Generous one piece baggage allowance (23 kg per bag) plus extra piece of sporting equipment


Route Map

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