South African Airways meals will vary depending on your flight time and cabin class. The airline works closely with South African Chef Siba Mtongana, Chef Coco and Chef Song, to create a restaurant dining experience for business class customers.


In economy class meals are complimentary as well as all beverages.

On domestic services, customers may be served sandwiches, wraps, and picnic baskets. While 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 excellent 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 before 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 their 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. Specialities 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. There is always a vegetarian option available too meals are paired with award-winning South African wines and Méthode Cap Classique.

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