Airlines – domestic and international
The flight world has so many airlines now that it is impossible for all of them to have all their planes grounded at the same time. Many of the larger airlines have massive marketing budgets and are well known, others only own one small aeroplane.
South Africa, specifically, has many airlines nowadays, and even more than fly in from other countries. All of these use South Africa’s domestic and international airports. However, generally within South Africa the local airlines are flown on, and these are: SAA (South African Airways), 1Time, Kulula, SA Express, British Airways, Nationwide and Mango Airlines.
International airlines are so numerous that we cannot list them all here. A few top names are Virgin Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Asiana, Thai Airways, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and many other airlines. In fact, these were at one time voted the top 10 airlines of the world.
Flights on all of these airlines, both domestic and international, are in stiff competition and to search the cheapest flights, use our engine that covers all airlines: Search Flights.
The airline world is complex. There are airlines engaged in transporting passengers and cargo on a regular basis, while there are other flight companies that transport their customers or groups of customers in a timely manner agreed between them. These latter companies are called ‘charter’. To book a chartered flight, contact us on our contact page or on the sidebar.
On the top bar you can find all the airlines listed, where we will shortly be showing updated information on each one. In the meantime, why not check out that flight you’ve been thinking about, Flight Search.
More airline information
Airlines can be classified according to the size of the network of routes they operate and their frequencies:
They operate medium-capacity aircraft low on short routes or low demand or high frequencies. They usually perform only rarely domestic flights and international. Most low-cost airlines are included in this group, the airline Pluna, Uruguay.
Operate a fleet wide with many types of aircraft of various sizes, from small regional aircraft to jumbo jets for transcontinental flights. They are characterized by a network that combines long-haul flying medium and short range, depending on the model of “hubs” or hubs. Most of the traditional flag carriers and included in this type.
They are mainly dedicated to making long flights or high density between the main international airports in the world. Their fleets are characterized by large aircraft. Examples are Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, etc as above.
It is easy to classify many airlines in a particular group, because in their evolution may belong to several. Many large-scale airlines network or franchise its brand to regional airlines to cover their network of domestic flights, especially with aircraft of fewer than one hundred seats capacity.
NB: A substantial amount of the information and photos provided in this airline section of our site has been sourced from the following public websites:
- airline home sites
- respected industry forums
Other information has also been provided by our own expertise or drawn from (long) industry experience. These sources have been used in order for the information to be as up-to-date as possible, and also so that the information provided by this site is more balanced and is not excessively promotional. Direct correspondence with the airlines themselves runs the risk of producing biased data that is aimed at criticizing competitors or exaggerating the positive aspects of the airline who provided the information. Some travel agencies may also favor a specific airline, which makes their advice questionable in certain circumstances. We would like to emphasize that Travelflight is in no way whatsoever affiliated with any one airline and an attempt has been made by us to represent all the airlines in an equal and unprejudiced fashion, regardless of their industry rating or individual operating history. We also do not endorse any specific make of aircraft and the fleet compositions of the different airlines are mentioned purely so that you, as the reader, may exercise your own personal preference if you have one.
Where necessary, the information has been checked and revised on a real-time basis by our resident travel expert.
However, due to the shifting, unstable nature of the international aviation industry, as well as the highly competitive domestic aviation scene in South Africa, in which there are frequent mergers, bankruptcies and innovations, as well as changes in routes and in-flight services (especially cabin classes), Travelflight cannot guarantee that all of the airline information on this site is 100% correct at all times, especially regarding the operational details of individual airlines based outside of South Africa.
Some airlines are at present in the process of merging or commencing operations, while others are expanding their fleets and opening for business on new routes. The information on the airlines provided in this section should therefore not be used as a flight schedule or to estimate ticket prices. The purpose of this section is to provide background information on which airlines cover which routes, and also on the level of service that you can expect from them.
If you are looking for specific timetable information or ticket prices, rather contact us so that we can shop around for the special ticket prices and bargain packages for you, or make use of our easy-to-use and reliable flight search facility on this site. We are able to tailor a package to suit your individual travel needs.
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