I was spending one month holiday in CPT last summer and I also wanted to go for a short break to JNB. As usual I wanted to fly with a new airline, FlySafair, which also offer the option to fly to HLA, JNB´s second airport which would also be a first for me. This route is quite well served by two legacy airlines, SouthAfricanAirways and Comair (which only fly to JNB), and 3 low cost airlines, FlySafair, Mango and Kulula (flying to both JNB & HLA). Price was very reasonable at 50 Euros one way.
I checked in online and as I did not have any luggage to check-in I did not go to the counters, which were nearly empty at this time of the day. Self service kiosks were also available.
I visited the Bidvest Premier Lounge at the domestic terminal. It was a nice lounge with views to the apron, 2 floors and a nice selection of drinks and snacks. It was very quiet this Sunday morning….
Views from the lounge:
Finally it was time to leave the lounge and head to the gate.
This morning´s departures:
Johannesburg´s both airports, JNB & HLA monopolize today´s departures.
It´s seems we´re having an on time departure today :)
2 FlySafair aircraft arrive at the same time, one 738 with full livery and an ¨albino¨ 734.
The ¨albino¨ will fly me to HLA today.
Boarding started on time, passengers who bought the priority boarding and those needed assistance will board first, and then all remaining passengers were asked to board the aircraft at the same time regardless of the seat row they were sitting in. At the end of the jetbridge there was gate agent asking all passengers seating after row 15 to go down to the platform and walk all the way to rear of the aircraft. I was seating in row 3, so I missed the action…
I boarded quite late so I was unable to take a picture of the seats, althought they were quite dated, like the whole aircraft.
Next to me there was a lady with a baby, although I boarded late, I am pretty sure she wasn´t given a safety belt and a life jacket for the baby. I know aviation regulation vary in every country but I thought that those items were not optional!!! Could it be that crew forgot about it or maybe they are not required by South African CAA?
Our neighbours in CPT
Seat pitch: average low cost pitch
Ryanair style safety cards
On board magazine and sickness bag.
Anyone wants to buy a sofa? Really boring magazine…
BoB offering, I didn´t buy anything, as I had already eaten breakfast at the lounge.
Ready to take off…..
Bye bye CPT, see you in a couple of days!
30000ft above SouthAfrica
Flight was uneventful, and once we landed crew asked passengers over the PA to cross the safety belts in order to make an on time departure for next flight. This was also a first for me, I have never heard this on an airline before and I am pretty sure that most passengers didn´t even understand what they were being asked to do :)
The ¨albino¨ at its home base.
Lanseria is a nice small airport in the north of the city catering mainly to passengers living in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It only handles domestic flights, mostly to CPT from all 3 low cost airlines in South Africa, FlySafair, Kulula and Mango. The only downturn was that the airport announces on its webpage a shuttle service to Sandton with departures in accordance to the flight arrivals, but this was not like this at all, you should prebook the shuttle, or otherwise face a long wait.
Thanks for reading!
Bidwest Premier Lounge
Cape Town - CPT
Johannesburg - HLA
Nice new airline with a good product, though with an old aircraft which wasn´t even painted. I am sure the experience is much better on their 738s. Awkard procedures such as the crew asking passengers to cross the safety belts before disembarking, but I guess aviation is in constant evolution, what will be next?
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