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A double header today - we bring you (1) the launch of Fly Go-Air & (2) Kulula Lucky Dip flights (scroll down to see).

Cruise news: From R17,320 for 2 outside cabins for 3 adults & 2 children on OP013, the 7 Jan 2013 MSC Opera cruise to Maputo & Inhambane.

Fly Go-Air now open for business

Fly Go-Air is the brainchild of Rajesh Sivsanker, who is its Chief Executive Officer. Initially the plan was to launch flights from Pietermaritzburg, until presumably it was realised that the economics don't make so much sense, and the airline is now going to be based at Johannesburg's Lanseria Airport (Ed: With e-tolls back in play, Lanseria Airport is a smart choice for those wanting to go to Sandton, as you can avoid the e-tolls on the back roads).

Lanseria to Kruger

The initial route is from Lanseria to Nelspruit's Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with the inaugural flight taking off on the 15th November 2012. Since British Airways suspended their Johannesburg - Nelspruit flights in February, it's only been South African Express flying the route (although Fedair does shuttle flights to the lodges in the Kruger), so we were delighted to hear that Fly Go-Air would be adding some competition. Flight prices from Lanseria to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport start at R999 one-way, and you can book up to the 30th of January 2013. Flights are Mondays to Fridays, on Saturdays there is only a Lanseria to Kruger flight, and on Sundays only a Kruger to Lanseria flight.

Planes

It's not yet known what aircraft Fly Go-Air will be using on the Lanseria - Kruger route, but they will be leasing the planes (it's not known from whom). The rumour is they'll be Embraer 135 aircraft.

Meals & drinks

Fly Go-Air is not following the low cost carrier model - they will be offering free meals and drinks on their flights.

Lanseria to Polokwane

From the 14th January 2013 Fly Go-Air is launching its second route, from Lanseria to Polokwane Airport. Currently it's just Airlink flying that route, so their entry brings much-needed competition. Flights are scheduled to leave Lanseria at 15h30 each weekday and to return from Polokwane at 08h30 the following weekday.

Kulula lucky dip flights

Try your luck and see if Kulula can make your day with a low flight fare this November. Book and travel from now till 30 November 2012, very limited availability (i.e. don't be surprised if you can't find the price below).

Jo'burg to
Cape Town
from
R722
one way (incl. taxes)
Lanseria to
Cape Town
from
R639
one way (incl. taxes)
Jo'burg to
Durbs
from
R574
one way (incl. taxes)
Lanseria to
Durbs
from
R491
one way (incl. taxes)
Cape Town to
Jo'burg
from
R722
one way (incl. taxes)
Cape Town to
Lanseria
from
R722
one way (incl. taxes)
Durbs to
Jo'burg
from
R574
one way (incl. taxes)
Durbs to
Lanseria
from
R574
one way (incl. taxes)
  • These fares are only available on kulula flights and are subject to availability. 

  • Flights cannot be guaranteed till payment has been confirmed.  

  • These prices are only available online and NOT through Kulula's Contact Centre

  • Tickets are available for travel one way from 1 November until 30 November 2012 and all taxes are included

  • Offer excludes group bookings, special events, long weekends, school holidays and peak periods

Kulula plane parked at Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg

 

From R4375 per person for 3 nights at Lalibela Game Reserve

London flight prices
Not quite feeling a white Christmas, but still want to indulge in the festive atmosphere? Head to London this November and see the magical lights twinkling in Oxford and be inspired by the legendary shop-fronts. Pick up a few special gifts in Covent Garden and don't miss the exceptional display in Carnaby Street. Despite the lack of snow, you'll still want to make sure to pack the mittens! Just skip the chunky knits, you want to leave enough room to bring all your shopping home!

flight path from London to Johannesburg


Cheap JNB-London from R8,126*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 15 Nov, return 22 Nov 2018)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,051*
(Virgin Altantic /BA- depart 15 Nov, return 22 Nov 2018)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,951*
(Virgin Altantic /BA- depart 15 Nov, return 22 Nov 2018)

Direct JNB-LON from R8,126*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 22 Nov, return 29 Nov 2018)

Direct CPT-LON from R11,276*
(British Airlines- depart 22 Nov, return 29 Nov 2018)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R16,959*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 13 Nov, return 20 Nov 2018)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R23,216*
(EgyptAir- depart 14 Nov, return 21 Nov 2018)

B. Class CPT-LON from R30,263*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 Nov, return 21 Nov 2018)

1-way JNB-LON from R4,879*
(Saudi Arabian Airlines- 22 Nov 2018)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.

‘Sea Shadow’ is Abu Dhabi's first locally produced movie, and you can watch it onboard Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Oman Air, and Qatar Airways on their in-flight entertainment systems. The movie screen until 30 November on Etihad, 1 February on Oman Air and flydubai, and 31 March 2013 on Qatar Airways and Emirates.

Are you in Cape Town over New Years and wondering what to do? Pigalle is a favourite restaurant. When we reviewed it there was a live band playing, and it has a bit of a cruise-ship feel to it. They're throwing a New Year's Eve 2012 party, on .... (you know what date!). No under 14's.

The Avro RJ-85, which Air Botswana purchased from Lufthansa, has arrived in Botswana.

On 31 October Air Botswana commences flights from Lanseria to Gaborone.

The Purple shall rule! Daniel MacArthur wrote a bit about his flight from Port Elizabeth to Bloemfontein, which was part of his training to get a Commercial Pilot's License:
- "I watch the roads and towns go by and think to myself "who in their right mind would live out here?!""
- "I pass over the only interesting thing on this flight, Gariep dam, and I'm still shocked at how big it is."

piper cherokee plane

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The Bottom Line: Ashok Khemba, a bureaucrat in India, simply cannot tolerate corruption. He has been hounded out of his office 43 times for fighting graft. In every job he takes he does his best to ensure everybody follows the rules and whistleblows if they don't - this does not always go down well with his bosses.