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User currently offlineFlymad From South Africa, joined Jun 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2303 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.
Any suggestions?

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2302 times:
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After arrival is your best time. NO CHANCE in flight and before take off is too busy for the crew.


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User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2266 times:

After the flight and after the pax get off and depending on how long the ground time is, most crew like to show off their aircraft, to include the flight deck.


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User currently offlineTravellerPlus From New Zealand, joined Nov 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2251 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  Wink

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.

Cheers, TravellerPlus



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User currently offlineFlymad From South Africa, joined Jun 2006, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2229 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)?

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2179 times:
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Quoting Flymad (Reply 4):
does MRU have jetways

Looks like a couple of jetways. I tried to post a picture of the airport but it's not working.

Google Earth coordinates 20°25'54.90"S 57°40'36.20"E



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User currently offlineUmfolozi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1897 times:



Quoting Flymad (Reply 4):
I want to do a TR for the trip

Great! And remember to take lots and lots of pics! Looking forward to your TR.  Smile


User currently offlineKhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1852 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.

KhenleyDIA



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User currently onlineSpeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1824 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

I have often popped in at the cockpit prior to departure... although my ACSA ATC permit may help there  Wink. No jumpseat access for us either, which is stupid.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1770 times:
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Quoting KhenleyDIA (Reply 7):
Never say NEVER (or NO CHANCE).

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.



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User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1545 times:



Quoting Flymad (Reply 4):
As as an aside, does MRU have jetways or do we cross the tramac to and from the plane

No Jetways. You can take pics from inside. I think they only have a couple of gates from memory.



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User currently offlinePacifique75 From Portugal, joined Oct 2006, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1469 times:



Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 10):
No Jetways

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.


User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Quoting Pacifique75 (Reply 11):
I dont know when you went to Mauritius

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.

[Edited 2008-11-17 14:58:57]


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