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Johannesburg to Cape Town

British Airways showered themselves with glory on this flight BA6425 from Johannesburg to Cape Town, on 6 Dec 2009, when they assisted our crying toddler by giving her some playing cards with animals. Respect. We wish we could say the same about ACSA at O.R. Tambo International Airport , but all we can say is that in the males toilet the plank was missing, so one had to either squat or sit on the ceramic - sies! Shame on you, ACSA, and as for the females' toilets - they were filthy. We laugh at foreigners when they wonder whether the drinking water in South Africa is safe, but when I see the state of the toilets at Johannesburg Airport I am not surprised.

British Airways check-in at Johannesburg Airport

What's interesting about the British Airways check-in at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo is that they seem to be being shared with Iberia, KLM, NWA, Skyteam, Kulula Air and Cathay Pacific. Makes sense to save costs like this.

BA KLM NWA & Skyteam check-in at O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) British Airways & Kulula Air check-in at Johannesburg Airport British Airways & Iberia check-in at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport British Airways & Cathay Pacific check-in at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport

It was probably the longest British Airways check-in I've experienced, and they didn't offer the free newspapers which they sometimes do (but this was hardly remembered after the generosity they showed towards our todller).

British Airways check-in at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport

Contrasts with Kulula

The British Airways safety announcement is clinical and thorough and does the job professionally - I missed the humourous Kulula announcement...much more fun.

Boarded late

Like our Kulula flight from Cape Town, the British Airways flight back was slightly delayed (15 minutes).

Asian Vegeterian meal

The asian vegeterian meal I ordered was like curry on bread - pretty tasty.

British Airways plane parked at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

British Airways vs SAA

I updated our comparison of British Airways vs SAA after this flight and still vote British Airways as the top full service carrier in South Africa. But in all honesty, it's been about a year since I've flown SAA, and although I have booked with them I've never flown Interlink Airlines (Interlink bumped us onto a Mango flight when we booked with them).

Playing cards

Our toddler started crying when the plane was landing as she didn't want to put her safety belt on. A very kind air hostess came and gave her playing cards with pictures of animals on. Well done British Airways, this creates masses of goodwill amongst us parents.

Animal Snap cards British Airways supplied on their flight

Last BA flight review

South Africa Travel Online's last British Airways flight review was on the 1st August 2009, where we were impressed by the fact that they were offering Woolworths Food on their menu.

British Airways plane operated by Comair

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