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User currently offlineAeroAussie From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 264 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

I'm going to be going back to Australia for christmas, and I'm thinking of doing it on SAA, as they offer the shortest routing from JFK. Anyone have any experience with them long-haul? Decent seat pitch in coach? (Will be flying 744s and 743s, if that helps...) Will I arrive in Perth ready to kill myself, or feeling refreshed? Any input, positive or negative, is welcome.
THANKS!
-Nick

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User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Just out of curiosity, what is the duration of that trip?

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

I flew the ATL-PER trip about two or three years ago.
Let me tell you... once you reach Jo'burg and you have a long layover... and then another ten hour flight... you'll be ready to just about KILL yourself.

I was in Business Class... and it was truly the most daunting challenge to just get back on the airplane in Jo'burg. Of course, I did it and had a great time in Oz.

It is a LONG flight... but just be prepared to fly for 16-18hrs non-stop and then the hop from CPT-JNB (one-stop on the way back, via Sal Island), in addition to a six or so hour layover, and then another 12hrs (door to door) to Perth, and you should be fine....

Wipe it out in your mind and you'll do fine... it's ALL psychological.

It's no picnic, but it's better than traversing two entire continents AND a huge ocean.

N 8 6 3 D A


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

i would take this route... it seems it would be shorter than the kangaroo route to SYD, and then across the continent again...shorter than taking qantas via lax and syd too...i would take this if i were going to PER

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

It's no picnic, but it's better than traversing two entire continents AND a huge ocean.

Actually.... JFK-LAX-SYD-PER is more than 1000mi shorter than JFK-JNB-PER, and also offers more connection/stop-over opportunities should anything unplanned occur. I'd call that the better deal.

[Edited 2003-08-30 00:32:38]

User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Your routing might be a bit long - JFK to Joburg is about 16 hours, then say 4 hours layover, followed by a 10 hour perth flight - thats 30 hours.

JFK to LAX is about 6, pluys 2 hour layover, plus 14 hours to Syd, plus 2 hour layover, plus 4 hours to Perth is 28 if you get good connection times. PLus you dont have 2 long haul flights- you'll have 2 medium and one long haul.

Although I rate SAA much higher than QF or UA, I don't know which option I'd choose. I reckon QF's IFE would be better now... with PTVs. but the Food and Service on SAA I always find fantastic. Also their seat pitch used to be 34" which I think has now been standardised to 33 or 32" on the 744's - Does anyone know?

I haven't flown SAA for a few years now, but used to fly them very regularly in the late 90's. They were super.... (compared to QF) but average (compared to SQ).



User currently offlineAeroAussie From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

ConcordeBoy, you're a little off the mark. JFK-JNB-PER is definitely shorter than JFK-LAX-SYD-PER. Total travel time via JNB is 26hr 25min with connections. (It's only 2 hours in JoBerg.) Total time with QF/AA is 30:25. So, while mileage-wise it may be shorter (I haven't looked yet) it is definitely quicker through JNB. I've done this (NYC-PER) through LAX/SYD before, as well as LHR/SIN, and YVR/HKG. The routing through JNB is defintely the shortest, and the only option to have only one-stop and stay on the same airline. (Yes, I know, SAA stops at SID on the way back, but you can't always win.) Anyway, if anyone finds anything shorter/cheaper, do let me know!
Thanks again,
Nick


User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

How about taking Malaysian from EWR-DXB and Emirates from DXB-PER? Its only 1 stop and 12,470 miles...

User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Have you looked into EWR - DXB on MH (very cheap fares on their web-site at the moment - about $400r/t) and then DXB - PER on EH? That would be one-stop in both directions. EH prices out at $800 online, but you should be able to get something cheaper.

User currently offlineAeroAussie From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

I will give that a try.

User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

Good stuff, AeroAussie. Please let us know what you decide upon.

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