SAA: the magic seat #

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Sep 13th, 2005, 03:45 PM
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SAA: the magic seat #

Hi, all you solo travellers, who can't (or don't wnat) afford business class on your trip to southern Africa.

SAA has a new seat layout on their A340-600s which hasn't been published so far in the booking computers or on their website.

The magic seat # is 73D, at the end of the plane (they have enlarged the distances between seat rows, and now there are fewer rows). As far as my TA has been told by the German SAA representative, seats 73E and 72D are non-existent. You certainly can imagine what this means.

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Sep 13th, 2005, 03:49 PM
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Mmmm, just encountered Flensburger syndrome: wnat=want, has=have, etc.
 
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Sep 13th, 2005, 06:44 PM
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Hi Mitch,
Solo traveler here that can't afford business class. I was searching SAA website last night viewing the seat plans now that I found out we are on a 747. Still trying to figure out the best seats. Was referred to airlinequality.com (seat pitch guides) that is supposed to give you the "best seat tip". I am not sure how accurate this is. I have heard in some cases if the flight is half full, you can stretch out on a full row of seats for a good nights sleep, I would love for this to happen! Any feedback?
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Sep 13th, 2005, 11:44 PM
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Not much chance on any spare seats on SAA at the moment, they are all very full.
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Sep 14th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Bwana-is this true on the 300 also? I think I'm on the 300 jfk-jnb.
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Sep 14th, 2005, 09:53 AM
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Dennis,
sorry, I don't know.
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Sep 14th, 2005, 10:50 AM
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CarlaM -- Definitely try to get upstairs in the 747 if you can (rows 80 and above). There really is more legroom upstairs.

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Sep 14th, 2005, 08:13 PM
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Zpenci, thanks. I will definitely try to request this. Every little inch counts on those 31" seats! Not leaving until the end of Nov so maybe flights won't be filled to capacity at that time.

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Sep 15th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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Carla, I think it's best not to plan on an empty-ish flight. Every flight to SA that I've ever been on in the last 25 years, from Europe or from America, has been full to bursting.
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Sep 15th, 2005, 12:54 PM
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A great site is seatguru.com
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Sep 15th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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napamatt,
Unfortunately there aren't any SAA seat maps on seatguru or seatexpert.
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Sep 15th, 2005, 02:40 PM
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Patty

I thought they were on there at one time. I think they do have seat maps on their site.
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Sep 15th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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The seat maps on the SAA site are reduced in size and unreadable. Unless you know how to extract an image's web address, you should save the seat map image to your computer and view it with your default image viewer.

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