Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11110 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3720 times:
I´ll have to go to Capetown for business in January.
Me poor chap!
There are two options for me. LH with the B744 and SAA with the A346.
I´d like to have some advice from someone who ideally has flown both.
I like LHs 744s (although I do not know if I can fly business or will be forced into economy), but have never been on board a (flying) A346. So I´m currently thinking to take both, one down there and the other on return as both are in the Star Alliance. Do SAAs A346 have PTV in economy?
Feroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
IIRC, SAA are not full members of Star as yet and hold observer status. Full membership will be completed during 2005
Ed: Just found a press release from SAA, which may clarify things..
14 December, 2004, JOHANNESBURG: An implementation timetable of immediate benefits for South African Airways (SAA) customers will be released early in the new year allowing them to start enjoying the results of the Star Alliance
AeroAussie From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3595 times:
Definitely go with SAA both ways. SAA have better seat pitch than LH in Y (who doesn't?...) and they have PTVs, which LH don't. If you are lucky enough to be upfront, SA still has a superior product - they have lie flat seats on all of their A340-600s and I'm not sure if LH has even begun to install the new Business class seats on their 744 fleet yet - even if they have, I would say that there are only a few aircraft with this installed and that your chances of getting the new seats aren't great.
Have a good trip!
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3475 times:
If you are flying SA 346, some tips for Y class:
Don't get a bulkheard seat, the advantage of the extra legroom is negated by the airbag in the seatbelt which is extremely uncomfortable and interferes with the table. The same applies for the overwing exit row 45. Best seat in Y is 74D as is has double legroom (there is no 73D). Another good choice might be 37D or 37G as the row in front has only 3 seats in the centre block so there is some extra legroom due to the stagger of the seats.
The IFE is excellent, AVOD throughout the aircraft, wide choice of movies, TV channels, music and games, as well as the outside cameras and the moving map display.
Have a great trip and enjoy Cape Town, I am there right now on holiday, the weather is wonderful!
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