I presume you are flying into JNB
, where AF
will operate a daily B773ER and a thrice weekly A343 later this year. Both fleets have been reconfigured with the new business class (NEV
) and I find the seats comfortable enough. KLM flies a daily B74E/744 into JNB
, which still features old style C-class seats and rather limited IFE. However, KLM also flies a daily B772ER into CPT
, which has the new C-class with a truly great IFE, although I am not wild about the seats themselves. Seat wise, I would pick Air France, overall.
There are however other considerations to be made. Both KLM southbound flights are daylight flights, whereas Air France only operates overnight sectors. As a hub, AMS
is to be preferred over CDG
any day of the week. Catering wise, on the other hand, I feel that AF
hands down, although I do realize that that is a very subjective observation.
There is of course the compromise solution: as most AF
fares can be combined anyway, why don't you fly out on one carrier and fly back on the other?