South African Airways or known as SAA is the largest airline in South Africa with its history dated back from 1934. After years of upheavals and roller-coaster ride including the apartheid period, the airlines saw itself clawing back to be one of the best airlines in the African Region and labelled as one of the 4-Star airlines. Currently South African Airways is also the member of the Star Alliance.
The first time I flew with South African Airways was way back in the year 2009 whereby I took the flight from Jo’burg to Cape Town. It was a fun-filled experience flight with friendly interactions with the pilot and cabin attendant. It’s been a while until last year 2014, that I had the opportunity to be on-board South African Airways for a return flight from from Hong Kong to South Africa and South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The Wing Logo of South African Airways on board the A340-600
Hong Kong – Johannesburg Route Return Flight
This flight was served by the Airbus A340-600. The interior cabin of Airbus A340-600 for the economy class seating is configured in a 2-4-2 arrangement.
All the seats were retrofitted with RECARO seats, a premium automobile seat manufacturer from Germany.
The entertainment system in economy flight were not so up to date with an old 9 inch screen.
The joypad/phone is situated at the left hand side of the arm rest on each economy class seat.
An overnight kit was provided for each passenger with a set of toothbrush and toothpaste, socks and a sleeping mask. The blanket must be returned though.
Hong Kong to Johannesburg Flight Route In-flight meal
Kung Pao Chicken with rice and vegetable with salad were served as an inflight dinner.
For breakfast, Chinese noodle with fruits were served.
Johannesburg to Hong Kong Flight Route In-flight meal
Inflight dinner were served with chicken curry, potatoes and vegetables with fruit
Inflight breakfast were served with omelette with bacon and mushrooms with yogurt and croissant.
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls Route Return Flight
This short haul flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from Johannesburg were served by the Airbus A319-100.
The interior for a small aircraft such as the A319-100, is configured with a 3-3 economy class seating arrangements. The aircraft looks new and neat as well.
The seats of this aircraft was also retrofitted with premium RECARO seats.
The inflight lunch from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls was relatively simple muffin and curry puff served with coffee and my favourite Grapetiser.
on the return flight from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to South Africa, fish curry rice with macaroni, macaroon and wheat bun were served as inflight lunch.
Overall the long haul and short haul flight provided a pleasant journey. The entertainment system in the long haul aircraft could be improved with new touch screen LED with USB port and electrical socket. South African Airways should also improved their baggage handling services as my baggage arrival was delayed by a day.