Welcome to my flight review! The world series continues as we embark on the journey from New York JFK to Johannesburg's OR Tambo Int'l. As one of the longest flights in the world, this route stands among the few that connect North America to the Motherland. Below are some details of the report:
On a bright July morning, the A340-600 stood perched at T4. South African Airways shares this multi airline terminal with DL and VS, amongst others.
Our J'burg chariot at gate b29.
T4 was relatively quiet around boarding, the time between push back and takeoff was relatively short.
It was clear that SAA's cabin was aging as seen by the old personal TVs and worn Recaro seats. The IFE was also quite limited. This particular Airbus (ZS-SND) had been delivered in Nov 2003.
As we banked, we headed towards the Southern Atlantic. Soon after lunch was served. I chose the butter chicken and white rice which was absolutely amazing![
Midday came while the aircraft made its way. The gorgeous flag of the rainbow nation poses as a stark contrast to the blue sky.
A few more hours in, the sun began to set as we approached the western tip of the African continent.Nighttime swiftly approached. The cabin fell into sleep while the aircraft meandered its way over the borders of Southern Africa.
Dawn came and the crew brought breakfast. Although the meal was not quite as nice as lunch, it wasn't too bad. I picked the western option.
Soon enough, cabin crew prepared the cabin for arrival. The beauty of the nation shown radiantly whilst on approach.
Just like that, our journey was over and I made my way to customs and immigration. Before however, I was able to snap this pic of VS's 787.
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New York - JFK
Johannesburg - JNB
South African offers an overall average product. Despite this, there were a few great parts of this flight. Unfortunately, IFE and seating were aging which would inevitably play a role on the customer experience. I am hopeful however that this experience does not occur throughout the entire SAA fleet.
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