You may have seen the ads on the back cover of Airways mag - SAA will be attempting to beat PanAm's 54hr07min12sec SFO-SFO via both poles record of October 1977.
The route for this attempt is JFK (dep Sat Nov 17) - Rio Gallegos, Argentina - Perth, Western Australia - Beijing - JFK in a planned flying time of 45hr 56min.
Was checking the Perth Airport website (my local) and saw it listed in their general northern hemisphere winter (Oct-Mar) schedule as:
Monday 19 Nov SA2217 B747-400 From RGL arr PER 0305 dep 0430 To PEK
Hmm, 0305 on a Monday morning??? Am I *that* keen .... history in the making and all that, and it is November - hmm, we'll see.