International Flights SAA flies to 30 international destinations in 26 countries including Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. More recently, South African Airways ever-expanding route network includes direct flights to Dublin, Beijing and New York City. With many more exciting routes planned for 2012, SAA is, without doubt, the leading African airline when it comes to global reach. For SAA flights to the USA, passengers must check in at least 3 hours before departure. On all other international flights, passengers must check in at least two and a half hours before take-off. Flights to USA SAA operates two daily flights from South Africa to the United States, as well as operating the only direct flight from Johannesburg to New York City on the Airbus A340-300.