Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8349 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5832 times:
I just did JNB-LHR-JNB on SAA, 744 there and 346 back. Great service, good food, good IFE (AVOD), pity about the delayed departure from JNB due to problems with the No 2 thrust reverser but apart from that it was a good trip. I know SAA is expensive but if price is the issue then take the cheap flight on GF. Did you check EK?
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Varig_dc10 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5809 times:
SAA is another airline I've always fancied trying, but they cost another £200 on top of VS and BA. I was also looking at using the LH ticket (code share) to catch one of their A340-600's from FRA. But the minute you select an SA flight, the LH ticket price goes up significantly.
The problem with EK is that I can't find a website which will give me a single price from NCL to JNB. All I have been able to get so far is one price for the BA section (NCL to/from LHR) and another for the EK sector (LHR to/from JNB).
Can anybody tell me a website which will provide both as a single price?
Andz, do you know any decent booking websites in South Africa. I've tried Flight Centre, but you have to email them your route details. They don't provide a price on-line.
PS StarGuy... I knew I should have stuck the word 'female' in there somewhere.
Planemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1653 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5703 times:
Personally speaking I would go on GF. Their service is exceptional and 2nd to none. The 332's are great because they have PTV's (lacking in LH) and they have a bigger seat pitch in economy than BA, VS and LH. Also, the scenery when landing in BAH is really amazing, especially the reefs.
Well worth going the longer way with quality than going the fastest way and not enjoying the comfort and service if you ask me.
Is you could not go on GF then my 2nd option would be BA as they were voted airline of the year by Skytrax. LH would be my last option.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 71 Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5702 times:
Quoting Varig_dc10 (Reply 5): I was also looking at using the LH ticket (code share) to catch one of their A340-600's from FRA. But the minute you select an SA flight, the LH ticket price goes up significantly.
I can certainly understand why...
Interestingly enough, the price doesn't change a bit if you book them from within Germany - regardless of whether you take a "real" LH flight or the (greatly preferrable) SAA flight with LH flight number.
Interesting to read that SAA is so expensive in the UK - over here, they're usually cheaper than LH (that is if you book SAA-flightnumbers instead of SAA flights with LH flightnumbers) - combined with better service and comfort, it makes the choice between those two quite easy.
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 35 Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5651 times:
Quoting Varig_dc10 (Reply 5): SAA is another airline I've always fancied trying, but they cost another ï¿½200 on top of VS and BA. I was also looking at using the LH ticket (code share) to catch one of their A340-600's from FRA. But the minute you select an SA flight, the LH ticket price goes up significantly.
Take the CPT-LHR vv flight. It is daily and operated with 346. JNB-LHR vv. are mainly on a 744 and within the next few weeks, no regular 346 is scheduled on this sector.
Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
The best thing about this route is that I get to clock the CRJ-100, the BAe 146-300 and the 737-500, which I have never flown before. Normally LH-800 is operated by an A319. But for some reason it's a 735 on the day I fly.
I was actually advised by a German not to fly LH, because he thought they were rubbish. But I just like trying different airlines, whether they are good or bad.
Reckon I'll still have to do another two return trips to Jo'burg, so I'll have to work out who else to try next. Apparently AF are going to start using 777's from CDG, so I might even try flying with them again. Emirates is also another option.
ZKNBX From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 464 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5545 times:
varig_dc10. Don't say I didn't warn you. OK? I don't know anybody who would willingly put themselves through LH B744 Y class again. I guess on the brightside, you can laugh about it because it is so awful! And regardless of what I say, you will be surprised for the worse!
Varig_dc10 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5454 times:
Due to the new restrictions in place at British Airports, all hand luggage must go in the hold, including laptops.
I'm a bit concerned about sending my laptop all the way to JNB in the hold. The last couple of times I've flown to JNB, my cases have been cracked.
So I was thinking of retrieving my hold luggage at FRA.
Assuming my hold baggage makes the connection at DUS, I will have 4.5 hours to get through security at FRA, retrieve my hold luggage, check it back in again, then get back through security for my flight to JNB.
What is security like at FRA normally? Will 4.5 hours be enough time?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8349 posts, RR: 11 Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5441 times:
Quoting Varig_dc10 (Reply 22): What is security like at FRA normally? Will 4.5 hours be enough time?
I have found FRA to be the fastest in and out airport I have been through. Baggage claim seems quick (maybe because it is such a long way to walk that the baggage gets there before you!) and security going out is pretty quick too.
Disclaimer: this was before the current step up in alerts, but I think 4 and a half hours should be plenty.
You are right to be concerned, it might make it safely all the way here and then be swiped by the baggage handlers.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...