northsouthnomad wrote:ET don't fly to Durban anymore. I am sure they will try again, but they had very poor perceptions in the Durban market
The route was started in 2015 and it seemed a good bet!
Just curious, why/how is the DUR market so different that JNB/CPT? ET must have some of the best route managers in Africa...
NYKiwi wrote:Not meant to be a trip report but wanted to say a few things.
Just returned from a trip to CPT on SAA (JFK-JNB-CPT). Overall flights good on SAA but 340-600 interior, mainly seats and IFE showing its age but still a good ride. I know SAA arent the strongest financial shape but overall happy with level of service etc but JNB has grown with massive foreign airline presence CPT also. I cant help think SAA model of having everything funnel through JNB doesnt help but i guess they lack the right aircraft to have split hubs.
Hopefully they get through there financial issues and upgrade long haul fleet.
What shocked me the most was that the JFK - JNB flight was barely 2/3 full which surprised me for only non stop given there extensive network in southern africa.
Your impressions are most welcome here and – so do I – I wish them to recover quickly from this tricky situation.
How can a double hub would work for SAA? From CPT it would be mostly (exclusively?) domestic, no?
Maybe the direct flight is usually so expensive than only "business" travellers (Eco+J) can afford it, VFR pax may prefer to endure a stop somewhere in East Africa/Middle East/Europe at a relatively cheaper price with as you stated a better soft product!
Have you already flown the return leg? Similar or much better?