Other Middle East and Africa Frequent Flyer Programs - SAA: Regional J-Class product?
Jul 14, 11, 5:43 am
I am planning to travel JNB-MRU-JNB in January in business class on an 738. I can't find any infos anywhere about what to expect. Apparently looking at the seat map they are configuered 2-3. Are these seats converters as BA and LH used to have? And does anyone know about IFE?
Or would you recommend using another carriers this route? Or even: save the money and go low cost in Y?
Thanks for your thoughts!
Jul 14, 11, 10:47 am
Those seats are not converters like European airlines. They are two on one side and three on the other. Personally, I always fly business or first but for my CPT/JNB flight in November I'm going coach. For the two hours it's not worth the extra money, imo, especially since I have access to lounges through PP.
Jul 15, 11, 12:12 am
That's the standard domestic product as wripro described. It's a decent enough seat and for a 4 hour flight I would be inclined to go for it for the extra comfort and better catering. There is no real IFE to speak of - just the small screens that flap down under the overhead stowages and show quizzes and practical joke programs without sound.
There are reports here that occasionally the craft is substituted with a widebody. If you are that lucky you'll get the full flat seat and IFE.
Jul 28, 11, 8:19 am
Just flew CPT JNB on a 737-800. 2AC and 1EF have the most legroom.
No pre-flight beverages offered. After take off was a hot breakfast with yoghurt, fresh fruit and croissant/bread rolls. There was also fresh juice and tea/coffee.
Having done NBO-JNB-NBO before, the meal has been good. Bar service good. Overall service is good.
I would look at the fare difference and if you want lounge access or not.
Doing NBO-JNB-PER-JNB-PER next week in J:)
Jul 28, 11, 9:40 am
I have done JNB MRU many times always in C: its a good 4 hrs.
As above seating is 2 + 3 so as a couple we always go for the 2.
It can be surprisingly full.
Seats are fine; nothing special but perfectly adequate.
No IFE to speak of except the overhead screens.
Lots to see out the window; Madagascar is interesting.
Had some perfectly good meals and they always seem very generaous with the drinkies.
As always very crew dependant ; and SAA crews are extremely variable.
Lounge at MRU is pretty good.