#TBT: South African Airways flights to Argentina and Brazil in 1999


In 1998, after a 13-year suspension, South African Airways resumed operations to Argentina and Brazil from Johannesburg. The airline operated with the Boeing 747SP and Boeing 747-200, between once and twice a week.

See also: #TBT: Aeroflot flights between Russia and Argentina in 1987.

As a result of the crisis and a reduction in demand, South African suspended flights to Argentina later in 2003, leaving the option between Brazil and Argentina in codeshare with Varig. Operations to Sao Paulo continued.

See also: #TBT: Iberia flights to South America in 1988.

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In 2009, more than five years later, South African Airways confirmed the return of the non-stop flight between Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. In this case, the aircraft chosen were the Airbus A340-200 and Airbus A340-300, and the Airbus A340-600 in some cases.

The route started with two weekly services, increasing to three by the end of 2009.

See also: #TBT: Aerolíneas Argentinas transpolar flight in 1987.

On March 28th, 2014, the carrier permanently cancelled its operations to Argentina. Subsequent to the suspension, South African made several visits to Buenos Aires, but all of them for special reasons.

See also: #TBT: United Airlines flights to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in 1992.

Going back in time, let’s take a look at South African Airways’ schedule in Argentina and Brazil in 1999.

See also: #TBT: Lufthansa’s flights to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in 1988.

Schedule to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo in February 1999

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SA 207Johannesburg
Sao Paulo
SA 207Sao Paulo
Buenos Aires
SA 207Buenos Aires
SA 205Johannesburg
Buenos Aires
SA 205Buenos Aires
Sao Paulo
SA 205Sao Paulo

South African Airways will resume operations to South America starting October 30th. The airline will have services to Sao Paulo from Johannesburg and Cape Town with Airbus A330 aircraft.

Each route will have two weekly flights.

See also: #TBT: British Airways flights to South America (Argentina, Brazil and Chile) in 199.


  • Guía Argentina de Tráfico Aéreo (GATA).

See also: #TBT: Aerolíneas Argentinas flights between Mar del Plata and Uruguay in 1987.

Sebastián Polito - Vuelos y Spotters
Sebastián Polito - Vuelos y Spotters
Apasionado por la aviación desde que tengo uso de memoria. Por cinco años llevé adelante el sitio web www.vuelosyspotters.com, especializado en seguimiento de vuelos, estadísticas y noticias aeronáuticas de la región. Twitter, Instagram y TikTok: Vuelos y Spotters. Contacto: sebastian.polito@aviacionline.com.


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