Airline in focus: South African Airways

In the first of our new features, we take a closer look at one of the airlines registered for an upcoming Routes event.

SAA logo v2Each week we will examine in detail one of the airlines attending an upcoming Routes event. We begin with analysis of Johannesburg-based South African Airways (SAA), which is attending Routes Africa 2018.


South African Airways is a Star Alliance member and operates to over 40 destinations in 26 countries across the globe. SAA's offers over 14,000 weekly connections through its global partners' network with O.R Tambo International as the main hub. SAA carriers over six million passengers annually accros the network. Bringing the world to Africa. Taking Africa to the world.

The airline has a fleet of mainly Airbus aircraft which allows it to fly across the globe and complete a worldwide network along with its partner codeshare airlines such as Etihad, Lufhansa and Singapore Airlines.

See more details about SAA on Route Exchange

 The data is all supplied by OAG Aviation using its OAG Schedules Analyser tool.

Key facts

Headquarters OR Tambo International Airport
Kempton ParkEkurhuleniGauteng, South Africa
Total ASKs (2017) 30,038,607,900
Total seats (2017) 13,392,763
Total routes (2017) 131
Total departure points (2017) 81
Total countries (2017) 31

International route map (2017) - click to enlarge

SAA 2017 route map