South African Airways is the national carrier of South Africa and a proud member of Star Alliance, the world's largest airline network. They are also one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in the world. From their central hub in Johannesburg, they offer regular service to almost 40 major centers in Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
South African Airways will accept pets for transport in the cargo hold of the aircraft only. They currently list four carrier sizes for animal transport. Rates may be subject to either a weight concept (charged per kilogram) or a piece concept (flat rate per piece) depending on where you are travelling.
|CARRIER SIZE||Pets are not permitted to travel in the cabin on any South African Airways flights.||
Carrier 1 - 4 kg (9 lbs)
Carrier 2 - 6 kg (13 lbs)
Carrier 3 - 13 kg (28 lbs)
Carrier 4 - 22 kg (48 lbs)
|CHARGES / FEES||N/A||Fees will depend on the weight, the point of departure, and the destination|
If your pet will be travelling unaccompanied, SAA Cargo can help. They have experience dealing with a variety of animals, and their Live Animals program was specifically designed to cater to the needs of animals travelling unaccompanied. They consider all International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules and regulations the minimum standard for the safe transport of live animals.
Pets may not be accepted on flights operated by codeshare partners. It is strongly recommended that you contact any codeshare partners, or any other airlines you may be travelling with, to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel.