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    Product Rating 6/7

    Rating Criteria


    COVID-19 Star Rating Breakdown 5/7

    Rating Criteria

    Business Class

    International

    • Restaurant quality multi course meal and beverage service
    • Audio/Video On Demand
    • Seat pitch of 73 to 74 inch with 23 to 24 inch width which transform to fully lie flat beds on A330s and A340-600s; angled lie flat beds on A340-300s
    • Large pillow, duvet and amenity kit provided
    • Baggage allowance of between 1 and 2 x 32kg bags according to flight

    Economy Class

    International

    • Choice of main meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages
    • Audio/Video On Demand
    • Seat pitch of 31 to 32 inch on A330s; seat pitch of 33 to 34 inch on A340-300s and A340-600s
    • Blanket, pillow and amenity kit provided
    • Baggage allowance of between 1 and 2 x 23kg bags according to flight

    Domestic or Short Haul Business

    • Meals and beverages superior to economy served
    • Shared screens show movies, sitcoms and documentaries on A319s and 737s
    • Seat pitch of 36 inch and 20.5 inch width on single aisle aircraft with 2-3 seat layout
    • Blankets and pillows available on request
    • Baggage allowance of 1 x 32kg bag

    Domestic or Short Haul Economy

    • Meals and beverages including alcohol provided; snacks or light meals on some short flights
    • Shared screens show movies, sitcoms and documentaries on A319s and 737s
    • Seat pitch of 31 to 32 inch
    • Blankets and pillows available on request
    • Baggage allowance of 1 x 23kg bag
    • South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways on February 1st 1934 and renamed it South African Airways (SAA)
    • Fell under control of South African Railways and Harbor administration
    • Became part of military on May 24th 1940 and suspended all commercial services until December 1944
    • Became one of 44 active founding members of International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Havana in April 1945
    • First airline outside the UK to operate jet services in 1953
    • Economic sanctions caused flights to New York to be suspended in November 1986 when USA withdrew from its landing rights in South Africa
    • Australian government took the same action against South Africa in 1987 and flights did not resume until early 1990s
    • South African Express Airways was granted license to operate domestically and South African Airways became a shareholder on March 25th 1994
    • Reinstated as member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in mid 2000s after an absence of more than 40 years
    • Became member of Star Alliance in April 2006
    • A319
    • A320
    • A330-200
    • A340
    • 737-800

    COVID-19 Compliance (5/7)

    – COVID-19 website information and instructions
    – Social distancing on boarding
    – Flight attendant Personal Protection Equipment
    – Face masks compulsory
    – Meal service modified
    – Passenger Sanitizer Kit
    – Deep clean of aircraft

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