SAA flight review
31 Jan 2010
Who says Kulula has a monopoly on in-flight humour? I overheard an SAA flight steward saying to a passenger on our flight: "Sir, I see that you and your wife have been given seats in differnt rows of the plane. When the passenger arrives who's sitting next to you, I'll ask them if they will swap seats with your wife. Sorry Sir, if you were trying to avoid your wife."
We needed to get a flight from Cape Town to Durban to board our MSC Sinfonia Cruise. Last time we reviewed an SAA flight was on the 22nd Feb 2009, when we used our Voyager miles to purchase an SAA ticket, and the airport taxes they charged us resulted in the ticket costing more than a low cost carrier, so we're happy to say that this time from a cost perspective SAA were cheapest (yes, even cheaper than the low cost carriers).
A difference between SAA & BA which comes across strongly, is that BA provides tastier meals. For the kiddies meal SAA provided one large roll for our 3-year-old, whereas BA provides 2 smaller and easier to handle rolls, and BA also provides dried fruits which SAA did not. I also discovered that South African Airways no longer serve tomato cocktails:(. Can you believe that I ordered an Asian vegetarian meal and got a tasteless roll with cheese and cucumber and too much margarine on it (see photo - I do hope this was an operational stuffup, and that SAA's chefs don't really think this constitutes Asian vegetarian fare).
The captain decided to abort his first try at a landing because of bird activity in the area (probably more on pilots minds since the Interlink bird strike grounded them for a while).
We phoned Excite Taxi Services and within 15 minutes they were at our house. It cost R220 to get from Pinelands to Cape Town Airport. Give them a call at 021-4484444 if you need a transfer to Cape Town airport.
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