SAA J class meals CPT-JNB

Old Oct 12, 15, 8:32 am
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SAA J class meals CPT-JNB

Hi all,

Does anyone know what the time bands are for receiving a 'proper' meal versus the 'snack' meal on SAA J class CPT-JNB?

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Old Oct 15, 15, 4:38 am
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as per a fa friend who works for saa:

there's hot breakfast until 9am and dinner is as from 5pm till last departure. All flights on between are snack flights. Crap though if you get one of those as it a packet of pretzels only. Drinks are wine , beers, Coke , appletiser, lemonade , Coke light(liquid type) lol, ginger ale, grapetiser, tea coffee, juice.
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Old Oct 16, 15, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by phbl View Post
Coke light(liquid type)
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Old Oct 20, 15, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by phbl View Post
as per a fa friend who works for saa:

there's hot breakfast until 9am and dinner is as from 5pm till last departure. All flights on between are snack flights. Crap though if you get one of those as it a packet of pretzels only. Drinks are wine , beers, Coke , appletiser, lemonade , Coke light(liquid type) lol, ginger ale, grapetiser, tea coffee, juice.
That's useful, thanks.

It also explains why I never see anything substantial at lunchtimes.
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Old Oct 22, 15, 6:23 pm
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Many thanks phbl!
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Old Oct 23, 15, 9:37 am
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On a similar note, is there a meal in Y on CPT-HDS (1,000 mile flight, 3h20m block time, 9:10 departure) in SA Express? Is there any beer or wine available onboard (either free or paid)?

Not expecting anything amazing, but would like to know if I need to eat beforehand or not.
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Old Oct 27, 15, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by phbl View Post
as per a fa friend who works for saa:

there's hot breakfast until 9am and dinner is as from 5pm till last departure. All flights on between are snack flights. Crap though if you get one of those as it a packet of pretzels only.
Is that a recent change? I seem to recall getting a (somewhat unimpressive) cold appetizer tray for lunch.

Also, do you happen to know whether the catering standard for JNB-DUR is the same?
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Old Oct 28, 15, 3:43 am
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Is that a recent change? I seem to recall getting a (somewhat unimpressive) cold appetizer tray for lunch.
That sounds like the J "snack" tray and accords with my experience. The pretzels are in Y maybe? (Must admit I didn't really read the OP or the response carefully enough to notice the discrepancy.)
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Old Oct 28, 15, 9:38 am
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That sounds like the J "snack" tray and accords with my experience. The pretzels are in Y maybe? (Must admit I didn't really read the OP or the response carefully enough to notice the discrepancy.)
Thanks for the info. A bag of pretzels in J on a 2h flight would be rather mediocre.

It would still be nice if SA offered a proper (hot) meal in J on all flights after 11a.m. (or similar).
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Even on SAA international flights in Business food is disgusting and wines horrible. A shame when you know that South Africa produces a lot of good wines at budget price. Assume they have assigned a water drinker to select wines and a trash lover for the food...
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Even on SAA international flights in Business food is disgusting and wines horrible. A shame when you know that South Africa produces a lot of good wines at budget price. Assume they have assigned a water drinker to select wines and a trash lover for the food...
lol not as bad as Air Canada.
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Old Nov 12, 15, 3:18 am
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Even on SAA international flights in Business food is disgusting and wines horrible. A shame when you know that South Africa produces a lot of good wines at budget price.
SAA's on-board wine selection is excellent in my opinion. Better than many North American or European carriers.

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Assume they have assigned a water drinker to select wines and a trash lover for the food...
These are the selectors of SAA's on-board wines, hardly water drinkers ...

Bongi Sodladla is SAA’s Group Sommelier and Global Food and Beverage Manager. She coordinates the SAA Wine Selection and Wine Awards for the airline and is a full-time member of the tasting panel. She graduated as the first black woman sommelier in 2010 through the Cape Wine Academy, and has since completed the Wine Evaluation Course run by Stellenbosch University’s Department of Viticulture and Oenology. She is also a tasting panel member for other wine competitions; for example, the Veritas Awards.

Sandra Lotz has been the manager of Shiraz since 2008, and was previously CEO of Paarl Vintners for 12 years. She serves on the Wine and Spirit Board’s Paarl tasting panel and, in addition to SAA, also tastes for various wine competitions, such as SA Young Wines and the Veritas Awards.

Danielle le Roux graduated with a B Sc in Viticulture & Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch. Thereafter, she set off to explore some of the world’s main wine regions, working vintages at Chateau de la Colline (France); Verité (California) and Terreno (Italy). She graduated as a Cape Wine Master in 2009, and serves on the tasting panels for Veritas, SA Young Wine Show and the Wine and Spirit Board. She contributes to WineLand’s tasting column, and is a qualified Pinotage judge.

Tatiana Marcetteau was born in the heart of the French wine region, Bordeaux. She is the Food and Beverages Manager and Sommelier at the Taj, in Cape and has tasted on SAA in previous years.

Miguel Chan hails from Mauritius and is Group Sommelier for Southern Sun hotels, with overall responsibility for the group’s beverage and food standards. Miguel represented South Africa in 2007 at the Inaugural Concours International des Jeunes Sommeliers in Frankfort, where he reached the finals. He has been a taster for Platter’s South African Wine Guide, Old Mutual Wine Trophy and other competitions.

Gregory Mutambe is a sommelier at Azure Restaurant, at Twelve Apostles. His passion for food and wine is aptly demonstrated in the restaurant’s extensive wine list. He tastes for other competitions, among them Best Value Wine guide and Platter’s South African Wine Guide.

Andrea Freeborough is Cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder. She is committed to ensuring that the successful winemaking team produces outstanding wines for both the premier Fleur du Cap Unfiltered and Bergkelder Selection tiers. In 2010, Andrea earned the title of South African Woman Winemaker of the Year, just one of the accolades she has received during her tenure at Die Bergkelder.

John Salvi is an English Master of Wine who has lived for the last 35 years in Bordeaux. The title of Master of Wine is the highest internationally recognized accolade for depth and breadth of wine knowledge. He is also an oenologist who studied under the famous Professor Peynaud at Bordeaux University.

Petronella Salvi is South African by birth, French by residence. She is the managing director of Vino Fino Wine in Style. She has participated in a variety of prestigious wine-tasting competitions; for example, the Swiss International Wine Awards, the Michelangelo Awards and many others. She is also the member of Circle of Wine writers in the United Kingdom.

Lyn Woodward works as a freelance food stylist, editor and wine commentator. In addition, to having worked at The Cape Wine Academy for seven years, Lyn has completed all of its wine courses—she achieved Cape Wine Master status in 2010.

Nomonde Kubheka is Soweto-born but now a proud Capetonian who obtained her BSc Agriculture degree in Viticulture & Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch. A former winemaker at KWV, Nomonde now works as a freelance facilitator for the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which is based in Stellenbosch. She has tasted for other wine competitions, among them Diners Club Winemaker/Young Winemaker of the Year.
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I despair of SAA for many reasons. Their wine selection is definitely not one of them.
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Old Nov 20, 15, 1:01 am
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I despair of SAA for many reasons. Their wine selection is definitely not one of them.
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Old Dec 25, 15, 12:06 pm
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I flew CPT-JNB at 16:45 and can confirm a hot dinner was served in J.
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