Flight review for South African Airways (SAA) codeshare with Qantas from Johannesburg to Sydney.
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Configuration: 3-4-3 seats
When: June 2013
Check-in Online check-in is available 24 hours prior to the flight. If not, the counter is easily identified at Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport by the Qantas branding on the screens. Even if your ticket is a South African Airways flight number, the flight code-shares with Qantas flight and operates on a Qantas plane.
At the airport Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport is a short drive from Sandton but be careful of peak hour and unpredictable traffic on the way to the airport. After clearing customs, the airport has a large variety of shops, restaurants and bars. If you need some last moment souvenirs or gifts, there is an Out of Africa shop as you turn left from clearing customs that is full of African gifts from painted ostrich eggs to hand made beaded necklaces.
Onboard All passengers receive a pillow, blanket, headset, eye mask and toothbrush set. The inflight entertainment is Qantas on Demand, which allows you the freedom of choice on what you view/listen to. In addition to this, there is an inflight magazine for light reading and a brochure for on-board duty free shopping that is available.
Crew The fact that the flight was rather empty meant the attention to the passengers from staff was enhanced. Even when the flight hit some heavy turbulence, the staff continued to assist by calming down passengers.
Food & drinks The best thing about this flight was that in addition to the full meal that was served, you also received a snack pack bag full of goodies including nuts, chocolate and mints. This was a nice touch as it meant you could snack when you felt like it, and did not have to wait for the next meal service.
Did you know? SAA ticketed flights from Australia to South Africa currently allow 2 pieces of check-in luggage at 23kg each per person. Note it is only on SAA tickets and Qantas tickets do not allow this.