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South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, with headquarters in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The airline flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, using a fleet of 54 aircraft. The airline is headed by CEO Monwabisi Kalawe, South African Airways was founded in 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South African government.

South African Airways flies to 37 international destinations in 26 countries in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia. SAA is one of the few carriers to have services to all six inhabited continents. The airline has a strong presence in Southern Africa, while domestically it serves five cities.

A significant feat was SAA's joining the Star Alliance on 10 April 2006. SAA was the first African airline to join the Star Alliance, and with its entry, the alliance's membership was raised to 18 airlines, To celebrate the occasion, and as a condition of entry, one Airbus A340-600 (registration ZS-SNC and one Boeing 737-800 (registration ZS-SJV) were repainted in Star Alliance livery. South African Airways fulfilled 53 requirements during the joining process.

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