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SAA boozers have to fly after lunch

SAA has announced that they are no longer going to be serving alcoholic beverages before noon, as they "believe it is inappropriate to serve alcohol on morning flights" - apparently it suddenly becomes appropriate at noon. We predict that Manto will be switching to British Airways. For those who enjoy sipping on alcoholic drinks, "SAA will continue to serve a full bar service after 12 o'clock".

Kulula.com Airline

Serves booze from 10am

British Airways

Serves booze from 10am

South African Airways

Serves booze from 12am

1Time Airline

Serves booze all day

Mango Airlines flight to Johannesburg

We review Mango Airlines on this flight from Cape town to Johannesburg, and vow we'd rather pay extra to fly with 1Time, Nationwide or Kulula than climb into the Mango can again.

1Time flight1Time versus Mango Airlines

On a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we compare 1Time airlines to Mango Airlines.

Avis slightly more dangerous than Hertz

We compare Avis and Hertz's Johannesburg airport outlets, and how their knowledge regarding car babyseats shapes up. While both Avis and Hertz are pretty clueless when it comes to delivering the correct car babyseat (different age babies require different size seats), Avis beats Hertz to the bottom by a short head.

Melrose Arch Hotel versus Holiday Inn Garden Court (Sandton)

While much more swanky than the Holiday Inn, the Melrose Arch Hotel is seriously lacking in certain areas (although it does have awesome pepper grinders!). We review the Melrose Arch Hotel, and see how it shapes up against the Holiday Inn Garden Court (in Sandton).

Pilots and pay

Ever wondered whether pilots get paid the same on the various airlines? Anecdotal evidence has it that:

SAA subject Ugandan minister to new form of "apartheid"

Maurice KagimuUganda's economic monitoring minister, Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka, claims that on a South African Airways flight he was the victim of a new form of “apartheid; shocking, crude and embarrassing! All the passengers were sprayed as if they were carrying bedbugs or lice. To me, this is a new form of apartheid created by these people to mistreat others. We don’t carry bedbugs to be sprayed.” Hmm. Clearly nobody has explained to the Ugandan minister that spraying a plane is standard practice for all international flights.

Cardiac arrest on SAA flight

A man went into cardiac arrest on board SAA flight 316 from Cape Town to Johannesburg, which left Cape Town at 0838 on Saturday the 11th August. Two passengers with medical backgrounds assisted the man, probably saving his life. "We saw this man, he stopped breathing and started gasping for air. Then he went pale. We thought he was going to die."

New South Africa flight routes

Thanks to some input from a reader, "George flights!!!", we have updated our web pages for flights from Jeddah to Johannesburg and flights from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg. We have also refreshed our webpage which helps you get onto a cheap flight to Johannesburg.

Lanseria AirportLanseria Airport is rising

In our last survey of flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we were surprised to see that the Kulula flight from Lanseria airport turned out to be cheaper than any flights from OR Tambo Airport (partly because of the lower airport taxes). Then last week LAM announced that it would be operating its Johannesburg to Maputo flights from Lanseria Airport. We needed no further encouragement, and have set up a dedicated webpage for Lanseria Airport.

International flight news

Busses are cheaper than planes again! In our latest comparison of travelling costs from London to Paris , the National Express (a bus service) offered the cheapest trip from London to Paris, with a British Airways flight coming in second cheapest.

We have expanded our flight routes to cover flights from London to Brussels, flights from Manchester to Newquay, flights from Manchester to Plymouth (UK), flights from London to Plymouth (UK) and flights from Manchester to Bristol (UK).

Inclusive flight pricing is the way forward

In February, the UK's Office of Fair Trading issued a warning gainst 13 airlines which did not include all costs, such as taxes, in their advertised flight prices. As a result eleven airlines have changed their pricing to include all costs (bmibaby, easyJet, Flybe, flythomascook, Germanwings, Globespan, Jet2, Thomsonfly, Monarch, Sky Europe and Wizz Air). And back in South Africa we have Kulula.com turning the clock back - they used to display flight prices inclusive of all costs, but have recently decided to exclude airport taxes (other culprits of this practise are South African Airways and Interlink).

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