South African Airways meals will vary depending on your flight time and cabin class. The airline works closely with celebrity chefs Chef Reuben Riffel and Chef Benny Masekwameng to offer premium passengers a restaurant dining experience. Instead of the usual “Chicken” or “Beef” in economy class, they offer three choices to all passengers in changed quarterly in economy. On flights to London passengers in business and economy class can enjoy an upgraded meal experience thanks to a partnership with the airline caterer Gate Gourmet.


On domestic services, Economy class customers may be served sandwiches, wraps, and picnic baskets. Whilst on International services a selection of three main courses will include a healthy salad starter, followed by choices of a red meat dish, chicken or fish and a non-meat option. On all flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg expect international inspired dishes paired with great South African wines. The airline is proud to serve only South African wines onboard all flights. Menus are changed  quarterly with a focus on locally sourced ingredients where possible.


Should be ordered at least 48 hours prior to departure, however, note that Kosher meals require at least 72 hours notice.

You can order the following special meals on South African Airways flights: Asian Vegetarian, Bland Meal, Diabetic, Fruit Platter, Gluten Free, Hindu, Kosher, Low Calorie, Low CholestErol, Low Sodium, Moslem, Low Lactose, Raw Vegetarian, Seafood, Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo, Vegetarian Jain, Vegetarian Oriental, Vegetarian vegan. Meals can be managed through the airlines reservations system here.


Special meals require 72 hours notice and you can only order Vegan, Kosher and Muslim meals only.


No special meal requests at all. However, SAA passengers will receive an R50.00 meal voucher to spend inflight. Just look at your boarding card for the special code and show it to the cabin crew who will give you your snack and/or beverage.


On domestic flights, Business Class customers can choose between a hot English breakfast or a continental breakfast comprising of fruit, yoghurt and muesli. Specialties such as the traditional South African samp and beans and others will be served inflight for dinner time.

On international services, the airline offers traditional dishes such as Kingklip which is caught off the South African coastline, served with yellow basmati rice, grilled mixed vegetables and a Cape Malay sauce.