is there meal service on CPT-JNB in J?

Old Sep 19, 16, 1:24 pm
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is there meal service on CPT-JNB in J?

I'm from the US and I've flown this route before. Given the short duration of the flight, would one typically expect a meal in J for a flight departing CPT at 13:00? Any info wold be helpful. thanks!
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Old Sep 20, 16, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by soxfanndc View Post
I'm from the US and I've flown this route before. Given the short duration of the flight, would one typically expect a meal in J for a flight departing CPT at 13:00? Any info wold be helpful. thanks!
Yes, there will be a meal service in J, and either meal or snacks in Y.
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Old Sep 21, 16, 12:15 am
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Fly the route twice a week , flights departing before 9am will receive a full breakfast service in J/Y. Flights leaving after 5pm will receive a full dinner service in J/Y, all flights in between those time slots will get a snack service.

Snack service:

Y: crisps/muffin and a drink
J: prepackaged mass produced cold snack which is served with fruit slices and a drink.


Don't have high expections !

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Had a decent dinner in coach on this route.
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Old Sep 21, 16, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by Flame3601 View Post
Don't have high expections !
Excellent advice given that the OP is flying outside of what SA regards as mealtimes.
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Wow, thank you all for such thoughtful replies. Thanks, ESPECIALLY, for the descrip and photo. very very helpful! I should add, too, that my expectations will be tempered but also ANYTHING in the way of food is an improvement over US Airlines. With VERY little exception (only on select routes) US carriers would NEVER serve anything in the way of "food" on a two hr flight, even in J. so the fact that there is a snack, even a prepackaged one, is a step up from what US carriers offer so while my expectations will be tempered, I'm slightly impressed. thanks everyone
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Old Sep 27, 16, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by soxfanndc View Post
Wow, thank you all for such thoughtful replies. Thanks, ESPECIALLY, for the descrip and photo. very very helpful! I should add, too, that my expectations will be tempered but also ANYTHING in the way of food is an improvement over US Airlines. With VERY little exception (only on select routes) US carriers would NEVER serve anything in the way of "food" on a two hr flight, even in J. so the fact that there is a snack, even a prepackaged one, is a step up from what US carriers offer so while my expectations will be tempered, I'm slightly impressed. thanks everyone
hahaha.. .was going to post... if you're used to U.S. carriers, have high expectations!
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Just thought I'd add a recent experience of the meal service on a JNB-CPT flight departing at 18:45 - so with full dinner service.

Jackets were proactively hung up. Newspapers were offered. There were no pre-departure drinks or hot towels. However, the cabin was extremely hot and just before push back the FA came round with a crate (literally) of chilled bottles of water. I suspect this was her own initiative and not standard. (This FA was exemplary I must say. So the service was almost certainly as good as it gets on SA.)

As soon as the flight got under way a drinks trolley was wheeled out. This included wine, beer and spirits - though, bizarrely, no gin because "our supplier has run out of gin". How does the supplier of miniatures to an airline "run out" of something as basic as gin? At the same time as serving your drink you were asked if you wanted wine with your dinner and given a glass of whatever you ordered from a voice of 2 whites and 2 reds. (This was quite clever because food would arrive before the trolley had finished the round. But it left you in the rather awkward position of guarding two drinks and a mixer in rather turbulent conditions.)

Dinner consisted of a single tray holding a small salad, a main course (choice of lamb or chicken), a cube of cream cheese with some biscuits and a mystery mousse type of dessert. Warm bread rolls were also offered. Everything was edible and the lamb main was very good.

There were no hot towels after dinner either but on the tray was a sealed wet wipe. No further drinks were proactively offered and I didn't request any - but I assume they were available on request. There was no coffee/tea service either but presumably when your tray was collected you could just ask for it.

All in all a very satisfactory dinner service and a satisfying meal. (I still prefer BA/Comair in J for things like a choice of PDB, hot towels etc.)


As an aside: This was on an A319. The tray table folds down from the seat in front of you where it is folded with a hinge in the middle. On both my and my partner's tables the front part sloped downwards so much that your tray wanted to slide onto your lap. So you had to push your tray to the back part of the table to avoid a disaster. Most annoying.
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Old Nov 13, 16, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by Cheetah_SA View Post
Just thought I'd add a recent experience of the meal service on a JNB-CPT flight departing at 18:45 - so with full dinner service.

Jackets were proactively hung up. Newspapers were offered. There were no pre-departure drinks or hot towels. However, the cabin was extremely hot and just before push back the FA came round with a crate (literally) of chilled bottles of water. I suspect this was her own initiative and not standard. (This FA was exemplary I must say. So the service was almost certainly as good as it gets on SA.)

As soon as the flight got under way a drinks trolley was wheeled out. This included wine, beer and spirits - though, bizarrely, no gin because "our supplier has run out of gin". How does the supplier of miniatures to an airline "run out" of something as basic as gin? At the same time as serving your drink you were asked if you wanted wine with your dinner and given a glass of whatever you ordered from a voice of 2 whites and 2 reds. (This was quite clever because food would arrive before the trolley had finished the round. But it left you in the rather awkward position of guarding two drinks and a mixer in rather turbulent conditions.)

Dinner consisted of a single tray holding a small salad, a main course (choice of lamb or chicken), a cube of cream cheese with some biscuits and a mystery mousse type of dessert. Warm bread rolls were also offered. Everything was edible and the lamb main was very good.

There were no hot towels after dinner either but on the tray was a sealed wet wipe. No further drinks were proactively offered and I didn't request any - but I assume they were available on request. There was no coffee/tea service either but presumably when your tray was collected you could just ask for it.

All in all a very satisfactory dinner service and a satisfying meal. (I still prefer BA/Comair in J for things like a choice of PDB, hot towels etc.)


As an aside: This was on an A319. The tray table folds down from the seat in front of you where it is folded with a hinge in the middle. On both my and my partner's tables the front part sloped downwards so much that your tray wanted to slide onto your lap. So you had to push your tray to the back part of the table to avoid a disaster. Most annoying.

This really good to hear and promising for SAA. Im also glad to hear that you had a great crew, who had initiative!
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Old Nov 14, 16, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by evanb View Post
Yes, there will be a meal service in J, and either meal or snacks in Y.
This is not correct regarding J
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25567777-post2.html
Meals in J are before 9am and after 5pm. All other times you get a crappy snack.

Originally Posted by soxfanndc View Post
Wow, thank you all for such thoughtful replies. Thanks, ESPECIALLY, for the descrip and photo. very very helpful! I should add, too, that my expectations will be tempered but also ANYTHING in the way of food is an improvement over US Airlines. With VERY little exception (only on select routes) US carriers would NEVER serve anything in the way of "food" on a two hr flight, even in J. so the fact that there is a snack, even a prepackaged one, is a step up from what US carriers offer so while my expectations will be tempered, I'm slightly impressed. thanks everyone
UA has full meal in J for 2.5hr long flights during dinner time

And at least they communicate what you'll get (or not get) on their website

Oh and no liquor or wine on SA before 12pm

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Old Nov 28, 16, 11:48 am
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Just flew J from JNB to CPT earlier today on the 1010am flight - 'snack' was a croissant, some cheese and a few pieces of cut-up fruit. NO BOOZE! FA said they don't serve liquor on the domestic flights departing before 11am. Lame.
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Old Dec 3, 16, 6:46 pm
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Glad I'm booked on a 1p flight next month so I can at least get a real drink! Remember there is food in the SAA lounge, at least a good sandwich spread, some hot food items (chicken skewers). Though I do prefer BA|Comair catering (and the SLOW lounges).
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Old Dec 26, 16, 12:41 am
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Two weeks ago I was on SA337 in J, departing at 13:00 JNB-CPT and got a full meal served, salad, hot main, dessert, small soft cheese thingy and crackers, full drinks service (but no bubbles).
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Old Dec 27, 16, 2:01 pm
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I was on a 13:15 flight from CPT to JNB today on SA334. Full hot meal service in J within choice of beef or fish. Came with Greek salad and dessert served all on one tray. Also economy class also got hot meal services with choice of beef or chicken.

In J booze included wine and amarula.

In Y there was selection of wine too
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Old Dec 28, 16, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by wijibintheair View Post
Two weeks ago I was on SA337 in J, departing at 13:00 JNB-CPT and got a full meal served, salad, hot main, dessert, small soft cheese thingy and crackers, full drinks service (but no bubbles).
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I was on a 13:15 flight from CPT to JNB today on SA334. Full hot meal service in J within choice of beef or fish. Came with Greek salad and dessert served all on one tray. Also economy class also got hot meal services with choice of beef or chicken.

In J booze included wine and amarula.

In Y there was selection of wine too
You sure two sure about that ? Unless SAA have found some money in their budget all of the sudden , if so that is marvellous news !
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