We got out from the domestic section of JNB at 1605, 75 minutes before this flight. There we quickly made our way to the international security in around 5 minutes. To get on a connecting flight, you must get to public landside first, then go through the ordinary security line to get back to airside.
Unlike the domestic security, the international security was a big disaster. Extremely inefficient and slow. That made things worse: only 40 minutes left when we passed the customs. Therefore I didn't take many pictures on this report.
We spent our last rands on a cafe shop. The prices were reasonable, you can grab a big hot crossiant for less than $2.
A Jet Airways A332 with UAE registration. Maybe this bird was wet-leased by Etihad?
No time for duty-free shopping…
Or Ferrari shopping…The only shop that interests me in the terminal.
The new international pier built for football World Cup.
Nice to see you again, ZS-SNI…
The boarding was already commenced by the time we got there.
Usually the airline would pre-assign seats for tour groups on the back of the plane. On the day before I tried to swap to somewhere closer to the cockpit yet failed. And it finally turned out to be a completely full flight, at least in Y. Most of the passengers were Chinese tourists.
Seat was almost identical to the previous flight(the same aircraft XD) so I didn't take any picture. Yet there was something not pleasant: row 70 is the place where the cabin started to curve, so there is an angle between this row and the previous row, making it harder to place your feet. A big miss!!
I was surprised to find out that the FA in my zone is a Chinese. A very nice touch for the vast Chinese tourists that can't speak English. It would be even better if he could speak Cantonese, being a flight heading to HKG.
The dinner was served around 90 minutes into the flight. Three choices were available:
Beef with dry rice..
Tasteless Chicken with potatoes and spinach..
and a vegetable fried rice that we all didn't like.
The curved design really bothered me so I gave up trying to get asleep and head towards the rear galley…And had a really great talk with Jason, the FA on duty.
Time flies and on the midpoint of the flight Jason grabbed some sleep on the crew rest bunk in the cargo deck. I had a glimpse of this mysterious place. Sadly I didn't take pictures because someone was still sleeping safe and sound.
Watched a movie that I didn't like.
Finally the breakfast was served. Two options: Omelette with no surprise..
and fried udon noodle with beef that was way too salty.
The fruits were not fresh and tasted like artificial stuffs.
Another hour later..Finally on the ground!
The sleepless night finally came to the end.
We then waited another 2 hours to catch the ferry back to Shenzhen airport. Our epic holiday is over. Always reluctant to get back to work..
And it's time to say goodbye with this SAA calendar! Thanks for reading!
Johannesburg - JNB
Hong Kong - HKG
The seat(I mean this particular seat, 70C and 70H) were horrible to sleep on so you'd better avoid them at all costs. Despite the bad seat I would still recommend this airline for its constant great service.
The international section of JNB is modern and clean with adequate shops, though I didn't get time to explore due to the delay and inefficient security guys there.
HKG is always flawless.
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