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South African
Overall score based on 1,849 reviews
7.6
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
7.9
Crew
6.6
Entertainment
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Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "The food was good."
Cons: "Check-in was extremely slow. Some of the screens for the movies did not work. This was not good. The maintenance on the plane is bad. That’s quite a scary thought!"

Cons: "Seat antiquated, food was more economy than business"

Cons: "Seat antiquated, food was more economy than business"

Pros: "A very comfortable flight (with a full plane and in economy). The crew was clear, gave good instructions and were available to help. Even though the flight started bumpy, they will still able to complete service on a short flight."
Cons: "Despite my status with Star Alliance (Gold...the highest), I still was not allowed to take my roller carry on into the plane. There was plenty of space as they were allowing NO one in economy to take a roller carry on. Despite requesting it twice (I was at the end of a long, 3 day journey from the US to Harare) I was denied. This was unnecessary and spiteful to those of us who fly frequently."

Cons: "The crew was not very friendly and that affected my entire experience"

Pros: "Crew was really awesome"
Cons: "More information regarding seating preferences"

Pros: "reliable, on time, clean and efficient."
Cons: "Boarding was a bit of a cluster. Partly the JNB airport design, partly the lack of order and organization."

Pros: "New plane Courteous staff"
Cons: "Be entertainment offering Lighter style of food offering"

Pros: "1. Friendly welcoming crew 2. Comfortable seats 3. Reasonable selection of entertainment 4. Clean amenities"
Cons: "1. Although i requested Halal food in advance, when i booked my flight, non was provided. 2. I got to the boarding gate, 10 minutes before the plane was initially scheduled to take off. I was the second last person to board the aircraft because there was a long queue at Passport control with only one officer for a prolonged period. The man at the final boarding checkpoint, insisted that i was late because of shopping, and insisted on me catching a new flight the following day. He said that they had already filled up the plane with Stand By passengers, and my bags had already been off loaded. I had to beg him to allow me to board, and eventually he did. About 10 minutes after the scheduled departure time, the captain announced that they were waiting for one more guest, and the flight actually left about 20 minutes later then schedule anyway. This series of evens led me to believe that the man at the boarding gate was trying to elicit a bribe from me."

Pros: "the crew was nice and friendly. the blanket was nice and big"
Cons: "the entertainment screen wasn't very responsive. it would be nice to have more snack options (like chocolate, ice cream, etc.) like other airlines do for such a long flight."

Pros: "The food was really nice and the crew were very helpful."
Cons: "Our experience could have been better if the flights were on time and if the boarding process was a little more organized. Otherwise, we had a great experience with SA airlines and will most likely fly with them again."

Pros: "For one reason or another, my vegetarian meal wasn’t reserved ahead of time. The ground staff and then the crew on board were very helpful to ensure that I had a proper vegetarian meal nonetheless."

Pros: "I didnt like anything about SAA business class"
Cons: "Seats have this kink in the middle when in flat position. No business class boarding, food was average to bad. Not impressed at all"

Cons: "Helping the aged to access the entertainment gadgets"

Pros: "Efficient boarding. Flight and cabin crew good."
Cons: "Entertainment - touch screen did not work and mediocre selection."

Pros: "Plane was not full. Newish aircraft. On time."
Cons: "No interactive maps working. Entertainment only average. Flight crew did not provide updates."

Pros: "Everthing"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Good leg room, pleasant stuff except for one exception"
Cons: "Terrible entertainment. Unresponsive cabin crew member to fact that the whole right hand aisle of the plane had no overhead lights or entertainment that worked. She merely told people she had rebooted three times and there was nothing else to do. No apology. Headphones were faulty on both outgoing and returning flights."

Pros: "Great Plane - comfortable flight indeed"
Cons: "can't think of anything I didn't like"

Cons: "One of the best flights I’ve had ever"

Pros: "I liked the crew"
Cons: "SAA does not consider children and the elderly for priority boarding ; all other airlines give exceptional service to the elderly and children - especially for boarding. If you can make travel easier for parents with children and the elderly your ratings would improve. That's why SAA is bankrupt. The cheese snack served on this flight had also expired. Otherwise the crew were great and flight really good. Good pilots!!!"

Pros: "Comfortable seats for domestic flights. Clean plane"
Cons: "Domestic planes not big on entertainment."

Pros: "Excelente trip"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Wonderful crew and flight"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Friendly crew and punctuality"

Pros: "Very punctual and friendly crew"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Staff was very professional and polite."
Cons: "A lot of turbulence situations throughout 16 hrs"

Pros: "Good food and punctuality"
Cons: "messy check in and security procedures. But this may be the fault of Lusaka airport"

Pros: "The ease of boarding, flight was half empty so lots of space and confort, the seats are well spaced so lots of leg room."
Cons: "No entertainment, the tvs were not working."

Pros: "Crew was excellent, very personable and were able to get drinks and food out within the 40 min flight."
Cons: "Old plane and the one engine started to make a screeching noise which carried on for about 20 min."

Pros: "I cannot say enough about the service from South Africa! Always smiling, always helpful and saying it’s their pleasure when you say thank you. It is top notch!"
Cons: "Can’t think of anything"

Cons: "Poor food and movie choice"

Pros: "Punctuality"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Very hospitable crew at all times"
Cons: "Immigration/landing forms ran out"

Pros: "Try as I might. I can’t Oh, checkin queue was ok Mid-flight snack was okay"
Cons: "Checkin online was dysfunctional, got the wrong boarding card Boarding was haphazard Flight was late Crew was sloppy and at the same time officious! Why bother with the arrival video when you acknowledge it is outdated A generally shabby outfit I wouldn’t recommend at all"

Cons: "Flight was delayed"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The South African Airways staff were completely disorganised and unprepared for a little delay"

Pros: "The captain was so I informative"
Cons: "The delay caused by the refueling"

Pros: "Crew was wonderful."
Cons: "The plane was absolutely freezing even with a winter coat and two blankets. The website would not let me and my friend choose our seats prior to getting passes so we had to keep asking people to switch on both legs of the journey. The bathrooms were disgusting. Pillows are reused."

Pros: "The crew was so caring"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The crew were awesome"
Cons: "First we were two hours delayed while on the plane because they were “fixing a part”. Then as we were accelerating down the runway, the pilot started braking - later turned out he got some “ door open” error message. Needless today, this caused a further 2-hr delay as they were checking the door, the brakes, etc"

Pros: "overall I like the flight"
Cons: "Inflight was bad,technical issues very often"

Pros: "Punctuality"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Courtesy of the crew"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Attendants were so kind"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Lots of good movies to watch. Good food, with multiple choices. Good service."
Cons: "Comfort is only good, as any 15 hour flight gets uncomfortable to sit for so long, but leg room is decent for economy class."

Cons: "No entertainment"

Pros: "Pilots execptional and cabin crew friendly"

Cons: "Nothing,perfect flight"

Pros: "In flight entertainment was good, half of the cabin crew were super friendly, others a bit bored."
Cons: "Brand new A350 but very cramped seats, it felt very claustrophic. Flew out on a 747 and had a lot of space - wonderful aircraft, flew back on A350 and it felt like flying Ryanair for 7 hours! I am only 5 feet 7 and my knees were close to the seat in front, I am not fat but the tray table was touching my stomach. I dread to think how anyone ate the food if they are 15 stone or more, I guess the table rest on the stomach and the food has to be held on.. The food wasn't good, I asked for a vegetarian meal but got bland vegan food - no cheese or dairy even though those are vegetarian. Next time I will not order a special meal and just get the standard vege meal and risk that they have one for me. Flight crew were OK, some of the instructions about electronic devices were garbled and unclear, especially about the use of laptops."

Pros: "Are you kidding? Its BA. Nothing but the time and route were good."

Pros: "The crew saw I was travelling with my young son; baby and elderly parents. We were placed at the front of the crew and were kind enough to allow me to board first."
Cons: "Most passengers had to put cabin bags into the hold. These were taken at the gate, it would have been nicer to have had this notified by text or when checking in so the bags could have been left at the check in desk."

Pros: "Quick flight. Friendly cabin crew."
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "Ability to check in earlier."

Pros: "The flight was on time and landed early"
Cons: "The bags could have come out earlier and the food could be better"

Pros: "Organized process and controls."
Cons: "The crew can be a little more personable. They were very professional and courteous. Didn’t go out of their way to serve."

Pros: "Crew good, food okish."
Cons: "Entertainment system below average. Disembarkment was poorly handled and resulted in big delays."

Pros: "Everything was impeccable"
Cons: "Nothing except the rude passagers. But that is out of the hands of the airline.."

Pros: "Crew was OK ,seat tight"
Cons: "More cushion and a little wider seat !"

Pros: "The crew were outstanding - providing an excellent service, above and beyond what I expected. The First Office provided 5 updates during the 2.5 hour flight which were colourful and informative (ie not just blah blah announcements but a valued and interesting announcements) and the Cabin Service Manager was personalable and friendly. At the end of her flight she publicly thanked her staff for a good days work which I thought was very nice of her to acknowledge her staff like that. All round - a great flight made very easy with brilliant staff."
Cons: "There was nothing that could be better - it was 110% perfect already"

Pros: "Crew were brilliant and I felt well looked-after."
Cons: "Bizarre flight with lunch of pasta and broccoli at breakfast time and then the whole flight was in the dark as most people were sleeping. Grotty 22-year old plane."

Pros: "not much"
Cons: "Equipment change from A350 to very old 777. Long delay."

Cons: "- Leave on time - Working onboard Entertainment system"

Cons: "On time."

Cons: "Reduced quality in Cuisine, and problem exacerbated by industrial strike by BA Catering Services company on the day in question. I didn't get value for what I payed for."

Pros: "Crew was nice and friendly."
Cons: "The entertainment equipment needs to be updated. And the seats arrangements are not the best in term of privacy."

Pros: "They made up some time following a long delay"
Cons: "We were very delayed and no real explanation at first. Also the wrong boarding information was given initially which wasn’t helpful"

Pros: "Good legroom, comfortable seat and great entertainment to keep me occupied for the 10 plus hours."
Cons: "Security at Heathrow -slow!!!"

Pros: "Everything was great the crew, on time arrival, food and so on"
Cons: "The entertainment screen on my wife's seat was broken and it would not keep straight up."

Pros: "New Years flight... very special. Great staff and grear entertainment on board"
Cons: "The flight data was not showing... could have been interesting especially on a New Years flight"

Pros: "Fantastic customer service!"

Pros: "There is nothing to say this is good and will not use BA again at all. BA charges a very unreasonable price for early seat reservation."
Cons: "Not enough leg space for a long international flight. Entertainment is so poor that the TV screen is so bad and completely out dated."

Cons: "Flight cancelled and we will miss Christmas Eve Dinner"

Pros: "Good organisation and timing"
Cons: "Seat not too comfotable . Services could be better"

Pros: "First class check in was smooth and efficient ! Love the passage way that lead me directly to lounge"
Cons: "Service in the lounge should be improved and there is no clear direction of which gate ie Gate 10A / C / E etc when boarding . Had to check a few times to ensure it’s the right gate"

Pros: "Absolutely nothing."
Cons: "Lack of punctuality (90 minutes late, due to “late arrival of inbound aircraft” as per usua). Ever decreasing seat pitch so absolutely abysmal lack of comfort. Dismal snacks and drinks for purchase. Bus service at LHR rather than jetty."

Pros: "The crew was super nice."

Pros: "Friendly staff that helped me change seat after I landed in a middle seat."
Cons: "Food is bad. Did not like it one bit. Entertainment too limited, expected more from BA (particularly in the music area). Feels more.like a budget airline! Maybe London airport problem, but both flights from London (at the start of holiday and at the end) were delayed. Nearly missed my connecting flight to NZ. Overall: Resent experience with BA and London Heathrow airport was to the extend that my future travel won't be with BA nor through London airport."

Pros: "Crew was good the equipment on board not good. I paid for 6 seats for my family and earphone connection plus power socket didn't work"

Cons: "The other passengers"

Pros: "Comfort of the journey, take off and landing were expertly done, approach was just the right speed and contact was soft but firm. Crew were pleasant enough. One of them felt he always had to show his authority with a firm voice, not necessary but maybe that’s how he speaks. In general no problems"
Cons: "I’m quite disappointed to have to buy food on an airline of British airways stature. My only gripe with whole day."

Pros: "Excellent crew and good food."

Pros: "Nothing specific"
Cons: "Old aircraft"

Pros: "No surprises. The flight was eventless, no drama. I had an Isle seat."
Cons: "Had to pay $100 for the isle seat. The earbuds didn't work well. We took off early on Tuesday, and landed the next morning at 11am. My how time flies. Somehow I lost a whole day -- what happened? (winking imoji here)"

Pros: "Helpful staff, very pleasant flight and even arrived early!"
Cons: "The fact that you had to buy even water."

Pros: "Polite and funny crew"
Cons: "Snacks and drinks for money"

Pros: "I liked that it was a short flight."
Cons: "I didn’t dislike anything about the flight."

Pros: "This is a no frills BA flight, but I'd rather do fly with BA than the other options. You have to pay for food and drink, the quality of crew far exceeds the usual low cost dross."
Cons: "Nothing for the price. Although my preference would be BA via London City."

Pros: "everything worked fine"
Cons: "nothing"

Cons: "outdated inflight entertainment system generally worn and old plane"

Pros: "Spacious seats"
Cons: "Hot atmosphere inside the aircraft during flight"

Cons: "Too many delays"

Pros: "I liked that we landed 30 minutes in advance for both flights to and back, compared to the other parallel flight via SAA which was delayed 2 hours when we arrived back."
Cons: "I didn't like the cheese roll I asked for as the whole roll and cheese was literally stuck to the bottom and parts of the bottom of the roll were mushy. The staff were professional but lacked personality and seemed a little hollow."

Pros: "The space on the flight"

Pros: "No hassle with hand luggage"

Pros: "Ground staff were excellent, the comfort was acceptable."
Cons: "Entertainment was mediocre, and absence of WiFi on air was disappointing. Not being able to eat food of your choice in business class because it ran out, is not acceptable. Crew were indifferent"

Cons: "Decent seat comfort. 2hr fly. Great Alp scenery."

Cons: "Planes should have WiFi"

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