South African Airways Flight Review

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.

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, wings

The Wing Logo of South African Airways on board the A340-600

Hong Kong – Johannesburg Route Return Flight 

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, RECARO seats, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, front

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.

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, RECARO seats, economy class cabin

All the seats were retrofitted with RECARO seats, a premium automobile seat manufacturer from Germany.

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment

The entertainment system in economy flight were not so up to date with an old 9 inch screen.

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, joypad

The joypad/phone is situated at the left hand side of the arm rest on each economy class seat.

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight, economy class cabin, inflight entertainment, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, overnight kit

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

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, joypad, kungpao chicken, inflight dinner

Kung Pao Chicken with rice and vegetable with salad were served as an inflight dinner.

A340-600, Hong Kong to South Africa flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, joypad, inflight breakfast, chinese noodle

For breakfast, Chinese noodle with fruits were served.

 Johannesburg to Hong Kong Flight Route In-flight meal  

A340-600, South Africa to Hong Kong flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, inflight dinner meal, chicken and vegetables

Inflight dinner were served with chicken curry, potatoes and vegetables with fruit

A340-600, South Africa to Hong Kong flight, South African Airways, One World, inflight entertainment, economy class cabin, 2-4-2 configuration, inflight breakfast, omelette with mushrooms and bacon

Inflight breakfast were served with omelette with bacon and mushrooms with yogurt and croissant.

 

Johannesburg – Victoria Falls Route Return Flight 

A319-100, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe flight, South African Airways, flight review, inflight meal

This short haul flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from Johannesburg were served by the Airbus A319-100.

A319-100, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe flight, South African Airways, flight review, inflight meal, seat configuration, 3-3 seats

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.

A319-100, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe flight, South African Airways, flight review, inflight meal, seat configuration, RECARO

The seats of this aircraft was also retrofitted with premium RECARO seats.

A319-100, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe flight, South African Airways, flight review, inflight, breakfast

The inflight lunch from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls was relatively simple muffin and curry puff served with coffee and my favourite Grapetiser.

A319-100, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe flight, South African Airways, flight review, inflight, lunch, fish with curry

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.

2 thoughts on “South African Airways Flight Review

    1. VVorld Post author

      Hi Shirley, sure why not, it’s a Star Alliance member airlines surely one day you will be flying codeshared with them to a place that SQ is not flying to..

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