The airline with the best average grade is Lufthansa with 6.4/10.
The average flight time is 1 hours and 28 minutes.
CDG – MUC / Airbus A320-214 CEO SL D-AIUT Lufthansa LH2239 Economy K / 6 AM Beer City Flug [YOU ARE HERE]
MUC – SOF / Airbus A320-214 CEO SL Lufthansa LH1702 Economy K / Eastern Orient Express [THERE]
SOF – VIE / Airbus A320-200 CEO OE-LBP Austrian OS796 Business C / Vienna coffee [THERE]
VIE – FRA / Airbus A319-100 CEO OE-LDG Austrian OS125 Business C / Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 [THERE]
FRA – JNB / Boeing 747-8i D-ABYO Lufthansa LH572 Business C Upper Deck / I’m leaving on a jet plane, (I know) when I’ll be back again [THERE]
JNB – SZK / Embraer 135 ZS-SWN South African Airlink SA8865 Economy Q / A different kind of animal [THERE]
SZK – MQP / Cessna Caravan C208-B ZS-MLT South African Airlink SA8930 Economy Y / Dreaming of Cessna [THERE]
MQP – JNB / Embraer 140 ZS-ALR South African Airlink SA8828 Economy Q / Outclassing the road [THERE]
JNB – DUR / Airbus A330-200 ZS-SXV South African Airways SA559 Business C / Comfy old cabin [THERE]
DUR – CPT / Boeing 738WL ZS-ZWU British Airways by Comair BA6310 Business U / On the ‘Business’ again [THERE]
CPT – GRJ / Embraer 135 ZS-SWN South African Airlink SA8631 Economy Q / Lost Garden
PLZ – JNB / Boeing 737-800 Split Scimitar winglets ZS-ZWH British Airways by Comair BA6242 Economy O / From PE with chill [THERE]
JNB – FRA / Boeing 747-8i D-ABYR Lufthansa LH573 First C Nose / "Luck" [THERE]
FRA – VIE / Airbus A320 CEO OE-LBL Austrian OS128 Business C / Good Morning Austria
VIE – SOF / Airbus A320 CEO OE-LBM Austrian OS795 Business C / Foodstock
SOF – MUC / Embraer 195 D-AEMD Lufthansa LH1705 Cityline Economy K / …6.5 hours later
MUC – CDG / Airbus A319-100 CEO D-AILY Lufthansa LH2238 Economy K / Clap-my-end or "I (don't) love Paris, in the summer…"
Both the low ZAR-EUR ratio, the Marriott-SPG merger and an error fare helped me realizing this trip for a fraction of the cost. Though, I decided on being on the reasonable side and not to include Victoria Falls in my trip (which are anyway not in SA).
Back in September 2016, I was just coming back from Chile and one day, I was at home ready for lunch when I decided to casually check on my iPhone what fare I could find on a SOF-JNB roundtrip (because I knew SOF was one of the cheapest departure city to go to South Africa).
I always search on Google Flights first with 2 Adults. I know in theory it is better to search for 1 Adult at a time, but I keep doing it this way because it is way too hazardous to book one ticket after another, especially on an error fare.
Well, what happened is I did find a 1760€ fare. I was not really surprised because I thought I had wrongly input ONE adult, but… when I realized it was for TWO, I jumped on my computer (we are 3 weeks before Flyertalk posted the deal)
I couldn’t book the fare neither on the Austrian (OS) website nor the Lufthansa (LH) one and I was a bit skeptical because, generally speaking, I never book on OTAs. But that time, I was forced to book with Expedia which turned out to be the best OTA I tried (compared to eDreams, Opodo and some friends did test Misterfly… terrible mistake).
What I didn’t see immediately was that the routing was in C class, which meant full flex and 200% miles and… a big surprise coming later on.
I booked some weeks later my positioning flights, CDG to SOF and back, with eDreams which had a currency glitch with the EGP but all unfortunately ended up being cancelled and I admit I lost some money in the reimbursement process (around 130 EUR) due to the EGP being even lower than when I booked (you can’t always win!).
A few weeks later, I decided to take the positioning flights directly on LH website for a reasonable 199€/pax roundtrip fare in K class (hold luggage + seat choice included).
We were scheduled to land in SOF at 11:55 AM, keeping in mind our next flight was at 1:40PM. A big risk in case something goes wrong or the schedule changes… BUT, because, there is one, the drop off limit at the small SOF airport for LH/OS J pax is T-30 minutes, which is nice)
Later on, LH sent me an email to inform me that the new STA was 12:15PM… well…
Nice first flight for me with Lufthansa Y class. Great pitch and reclining seat are definitely highlights for short haul Economy.
The crew performed very well and was here at each and every step of the journey.
Good lifestyle magazine.
Unfortunately, LH looses points for its lack of catering on that morning.
But all things considered, it is a nice beggining for LH in my opinion.
Paris CDG Terminal 1 is not very practical for drop off with its round architecture that proved to be very unadequate for later decided extensions.
But on a very early morning, there is not a lot of trouble to get around.
MUC is perfectly thought, clean and modern looking. It shines everywhere and everything is well indicated.