Flymad From South Africa, joined Jun 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
Good day folks!
i'm hoping someone with SA contact can assist me. I will be flying to MRU (SA 190) on Jan 06 and according to my travel agent, the flight has been upgraded from a B738 to anA340 (200 I think).
If this is the case and as it will be the first time I'm going to fly on a 340, what is the possibilty of a peek into the cockpit and when will be the best time? I feel before take off, the guys up front are busy and don't like to disturb them, but I don't know if it will possible on arrival at MRU.
TravellerPlus From New Zealand, joined Nov 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
Sigh, I miss the old days of cockpit visits... My first cockpit landing was in a Safair 707 into Jo'burg. How times have changed! I hope you get to go up front on the A340. Still, I'm sure the old 707 crew would have said that two guys with TV screens and a joy stick sounds far too much like X-box than real flying
My advice is to let the cabin crew know early of your request. Asking as you disembark can take them by surprise. Who knows, if you have your camera, maybe they can take it up front for the crew to take pictures. My experience is that the friendly SAA crew will try to make your trip special if they can.
What goes around comes around....unless your luggage is not on the carousel...
Flymad From South Africa, joined Jun 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
Thanks for the replies guys. I realized that during flight is imposssible, although it would have been great (also miss the good old days). I want to do a TR for the trip. As as an aside, does MRU have jetways or do we cross the tramac to and from the plane (just thinking about photo opportunities)?
KhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
Quoting Andz (Reply 1): After arrival is your best time. NO CHANCE in flight and before take off is too busy for the crew.
Never say NEVER (or NO CHANCE). Given past experience on SA, okay, technically it was SA Express (or whatever), after handing out candy to the crew and even some pax on the flight, a pax was invited up to the flightdeck for landing.
Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
Just speaking from experience, and if they make an announcement to that effect (which they do on every SAA flight) then it's pretty ignorant to still ask. Flymad asked about SAA contacts, my contact knows what happens to pilots if they allow it in flight so I guess your chances are zero.
I have jumpseated plenty times in the past (thanks to the abovementioned contact) but those days are long gone.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Actually, there are jetways in MRU! I dont know when you went to Mauritius, but when I was there on holiday (May last year) I can assure you that AF was parked at an airbridge both on arrival and departure.
Eh, you're probably right. I have an appalling memory. I really shouldn't answer these questions. I do travel a lot and these places tend to blur together. I haven't been there for a few years now. Thanks for answering.