Aruba From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
And why when I was on the flight from JFK-JNB, right when we were taxing to the runway in DKR the Flight Attendents sprayed this spray around the whole cabin. They held it above there heads and just walked through the whole aircraft. But they didn't do this in JFK. They did it on my return flight to IAD also in DKR.
What was this stuff. It smelled sort of good. But it made the whole cabin foggy for a few minutes.
B738,B752,A310,A319,A321,A343,A346,Dash8,EMB170_JFK,BDL,MBJ,SJU,AUA,DKR,JNB,CPT,HDS,IAD...But South Africa is the best!
Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3079 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2065 times:
Quoting Aruba (Thread starter): 1)Why does SA have to stop in DKR on their flights from JFK - JNB and from JNB - IAD?
I think this is because JNB is at a high altitude, so they schedule a fuel stop to reduce the fuel load in order to take off in the thin air. The aircraft are capable of doing USA-JNB non-stop, but I'm not sure that they do - they stop in Dakar southbound to provide a connecting service there. It's also closest to halfway. A sea level airport (eg CPT) wouldn't need the stop.
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8764 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
Quoting Ansett767 (Reply 9): It's weird, as on my VS flight from LHR to SYD.. on the HKG to SYD sector they sprayed it... but not when I have taken the QF flight form HK to SYD odd!
that is because all QF ( and NZ ) aircraft are treated with a residual insecticide from time to time and so there is no longer any need to spray on arrival into New Zealand or Australia , for other carriers it is not worth the hassle of having all their a/c treated for the occassional rotation into Australia or New Zealand so they just get sprayed on arrival ( or , more usually , at top of descent )
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Speedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1768 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
Quoting Signol (Reply 8): The aircraft are capable of doing USA-JNB non-stop, but I'm not sure that they do - they stop in Dakar southbound to provide a connecting service there
They do fly non-stop, the A343 and A346 fly in non-stop from KIAD, and I think it's in the order of around 15 to 16 hours flying. Outbound is a stop in GOOY due to range issues with cargo, high altitude at JNB and winds.
N383PA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 11): They do fly non-stop, the A343 and A346 fly in non-stop from KIAD, and I think it's in the order of around 15 to 16 hours flying. Outbound is a stop in GOOY due to range issues with cargo, high altitude at JNB and winds.
I doubt that SA fly the A343 nonstop from IAD to JNB as the A346 just about manage to do this and they have to
leave about 20 seats empty due to weight restrictions. As far as I know the A343 has less range than the
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27514 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1791 times:
Quoting 787KQ (Reply 13): Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 6):
This is an anti-insect spray. I have heard of it being used on flights from Africa and the Caribean where insects/disease may be a problem.
So insects are a problem in the US, which explains the spraying before landing in Sydney?
Chalk it up to paranoia put into regs.
A species of insect pest unknown in Australia could easily arrive on an aircraft and potentially cause problems for their agriculture industry. Why not be on the safe side if they perceive a problem? They've been spraying aircraft arriving in Australia as long as I can remember. I think it's partly because Australia is so isolated geographically and many of its animal (and plant) species are found nowhere else.