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Need help with AA mileage flights to Africa from US East Coast - for 4

Need help with AA mileage flights to Africa from US East Coast - for 4

Sep 6th, 2010, 06:28 AM
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Thanks Gardyloo - your assistance was really helpful and appreciated. I didn't think I was going to be able to get 4 seats all on the same flights, so this is really exciting for us!
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Sep 13th, 2010, 04:55 AM
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Yikes! I have a problem! I just tried to book the JNB/MAUN part of the trip on air botswana. It says no flights for the date I need - or for at least 4 days following! It says there is a flight the day before, but I've already got the connecting tickets booked! Any suggestions? Is there another airline that flies from JNB to Maun?
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Sep 13th, 2010, 07:59 AM
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Don't panic: Air Botswana would not have any sort of schedule available now for next July. You'll just have to wait a bit.

Alternatively -- and this might be the better option -- ask your ground operator (assuming that you're taking some sort of safari) to arrange for your Air Botswana flights. The people who deal with Botswana safaris are very familiar w/Air Botswana, and they'll know exactly what to do. And, in the event of some delay (which is not uncommon on Air Botswana), the ground operator will be in a much better position to straighten things out when things go T.U.

And yes, Air Botswana is the only carrier on the JNB-MUB route. Botswana and So Africa have agreed to a partial Open Skies deal, but part of the agreement was that Air Botswana would keep exclusive rights to JNB-MUB.
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Sep 13th, 2010, 08:30 AM
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Thanks for the response rizzuto. The freaky thing is they did show flights a few days ago when I was working on this. Don't know why they don't have them now! I've been in touch with my operator - not much help coming from there yet.

I can fly into Garborone or Kasane... frustrating.

There's a flight going JNB/Namibia/MUB (SA i think), but the times don't work on that.

Ok, trying not to panic.
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Sep 20th, 2010, 10:57 AM
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Ok, all flights are now in place. We do have to do a connection JNB/Gabarone/MUB, but at least we'll get there!

Thanks for all the help.

Cyn
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Sep 20th, 2010, 11:17 AM
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> We do have to do a connection JNB/Gabarone/MUB

I made that mistake once, never will again. Flight from JNB to Gabs was a little late, but no big deal. Only had about an hour scheduled transfer time in Gabs, but was assured it was no problem. Once in GBE, found that the flight to MUB had been delayed from 2pm to 3.30pm. Finally took off from Gabs at 4pm, at 4.10 the pilot turned the plane around and returned to airport because of odd vibrations in the tail section. Aircraft was changed, new flight left at 5.30, arrived in MUB at 6.30pm, far too late for charter connection to camp. Stayed at Riley's Hotel in Maun instead of Kwando camp.

I was told, and I have no reason to believe that it is or isn't true, that the newest a/c go on the JNB-MUB route, and the older planes, the ones most likely to have MX delays, are on the routes through Gabs.

I'd guess that I've taken around 1500 flights in my lifetime, and exactly 2 of those returned to the a/p from which they departed because of a mechanical issue. Both of those flights were Air Botswana.

I hope you'll have better luck than I did.
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Sep 21st, 2010, 04:15 AM
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Gulp! That's a little scary! I bet the planes are really tiny too. Flew from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi on a plane that had about 12" room between seats. I'm 5'4", and my knees were up to my chest.

I don't think I'm going to share your Air Botswana experiences with my travelling companions, rizzuto.
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Sep 21st, 2010, 05:53 AM
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The a/c themselves are reasonably comfortable, with acceptable leg room. I believe that the entire fleet are ATRs that can carry about 70 people.
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