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Old Jul 30, 12, 4:27 am   #1
 
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SAA: same configuration for int'l and domestic?

Hi there, we'll be flying CPT-JNB on a SAA A 330. According to the SAA website they operate only one configuration. Does this mean we'll get fully-flat seats even on this two-hour hop? Sounds too good to be true! Will catering be any different to what I'd be getting on a 737?
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Old Jul 30, 12, 9:55 am   #2
 
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Hi there, we'll be flying CPT-JNB on a SAA A 330. According to the SAA website they operate only one configuration. Does this mean we'll get fully-flat seats even on this two-hour hop? Sounds too good to be true! Will catering be any different to what I'd be getting on a 737?
Yes, that's what it means. Sometimes you get the A340 on that route - and in the past used to get B747 (with first class seats). I don't believe catering is any different though from standard domestic. I think the reason for these planes on this route is purely re-positioning - and they can and do change metal - so don't be disappointed if you end up on something else.
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Old Jul 31, 12, 4:04 am   #3
 
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Thanks cmcbugg! I won't hold my breath then but it'd be nice to be able to sample the SAA long haul product.
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Old Aug 1, 12, 4:53 am   #4
 
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I had the A340 last week. It was a full flight (SA333). There were many op-ups. Catering and service was domestic.

The seats had no pillows, no headphones were handed out, no pre departure beverage, no towel service, etc.

For catering they started off with a drinks run, then followed by a cold lunch. Drinks were offered throughout the flight.

The luggage carousel in CPT was overwhelmed with the number of passengers who were collecting bags.

Overall it was a good flight.
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Old Aug 8, 12, 11:21 am   #5
 
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.... I think the reason for these planes on this route is purely re-positioning - and they can and do change metal - so don't be disappointed if you end up on something else.

Well, with the scrapping of the CPT/LHR flights, there are no int SA departures from CPT anymore. So no repositioning. But it appears they are keeping one or two A340 flights on that route, probably to cater for the pax arriving in J on the LHR/JNB flights.
My experience (somewhat limited) is that they don't change the metal on those flights. But YMMV and I will have another opportunity to test this out on 4 October when I should have taken the LHR/CPT flight which does no longer exists and have been rebooked through JNB
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Old Aug 14, 12, 10:06 am   #6
 
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My understanding is that they schedule them on CPT to increase utilization, rather than just have them sit all day in JNB.
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