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South African Airways and Thai Airways return to Perth

South African Airways (SAA) and Thai Airways have both today announced a comeback to Perth, with new regular flights scheduled from Johannesburg and Bangkok respectively.

Starting 28 April 2024, SAA will launch three weekly flights – the only direct connection between the two cities.

Flight SA280 will depart OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 20h55 and arrive at Perth International Airport the following day at 12h20. 

Flights from Perth (SA 281) will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 14h40, arriving the following day at 19h35 in Johannesburg.

For the “launch phase” of the route, SAA will operate an Airbus A340 – 300, with a total seat capacity of 253 (38 business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout and 215 economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout).

Thai Airways is joining the party too, resuming daily flights between Perth and Bangkok starting 31 March.

This will be the only direct flight on this route until Jetstar launches later in the year.

Using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the 7-hour Bangkok-Perth flight departs at midnight or 7.20am on alternate days, while the return Perth-Bangkok flights depart at 9.20 am or 4.20pm depending on the day.

The aircraft feature a 2-2-2 layout in business class and 3-3-3 in economy.

Both Star Alliance members will use the Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand lounges in Perth.

Bookings are now open – so start packing your bags!

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