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Mar 19th, 2006, 08:47 PM
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Feedback Needed - South African Airways' JFK-JNB flight via Dakar

Has anyone taken this South African Airways' Airbus 340 flight out of JFK recently? A few of us are planning to purchase a ticket in coach class (USD1000 excl tax - not too bad a fare)? Wondering if the seat pitch, IFE, food and service are any good (I am a tall guy). Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Mar 20th, 2006, 05:28 AM
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We were on this flight June-July 2004. In our case, we did not stop in Dakar outbound, but did stop on the flight back to the US to let off/take on new passengers and fuel. About 2 hours on the ground. They did a very extensive search of the plane cabin once the Dakar passengers disembarked, asking us to hold our carry on luggage, etc. on our laps until they completed the security search.

Seat pitch was standard - in other words, cramped as usual. I'm 5'2" so I can manage, but my husband - 5'11" - was more than a bit cramped. Food was really bad on our flights - we had snacks with us luckily. Service outbound was good - frequent water/OJ service after dinner. On the return flight, the service was really bad. IFE was pretty good - plenty of movie options on individual systems as well as some documentaries. I don't remember if there were any sitcoms or news segments.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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I read that Delta are going to start daily JFK-JNB flights ( stop in Dakar ) later in the year with 777s
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Mar 20th, 2006, 06:23 AM
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Actually, DL will start ATL/JNB service Dec. 4. There will be a stop in Dakar.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 10:17 AM
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I have flown that service regularly. Coach is HARD WORK.
I believe that the pitch and leg room is pretty standard and comparable to other long haul carriers, what makes the flight tolerable is the personal monitor and the choice of viewing, it's one of those multi channel tv's that allows you to pause, rewind etc.

I have always found the food and service to be OK. It's an airline and not a restaurant, so I've never had high expectations.
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:23 PM
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Folks, thanks so much for the feedback. I guess I will have to rough it a little bit. They told me the seat pitch is 34" and I think that is pretty generous for economy class compared to other airlines.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Has SAA finished retrofitting their A340's? The seat pitch in economy used to be 31" but is supposed to be 34" after the refit which is pretty good for economy.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:04 PM
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Yes they told it's all 34" now, at least for the JFK-JNB flight. I am pretty sure the IAD-JNB and ATL-JNB flights have been refitted as well.
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