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FLIGHT REVIEW: South African Airways – Johannesburg to George

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Carrier: sa express

Aircraft: CRJ 700 Express Jet

Flight Number: SA1501 – Departing 6:50am

Duration: 1 hr 40 mins

Class: Y – Economy

Configuration: 2-2

Check in experience: Maybe it was because it was so early in the morning,  but I was the only person at check in, so it was quick and easy.  Bags were weighed before going to the check-in  counter. It was the fastest check-in I have ever experienced.

On time performance: The flight was late to boardhey 20 minutes, which was  not made up during the flight.  Therefore  the arrival time in George was 20 minutes late.

Seat/Cabin conditions: The plane is only small, with a seating configuration  of 2-2.  Carry on luggage has to be small  otherwise it is taken off you at boarding and stored with checked luggage.  The seats were spacious and due to light  load, there were plenty of empty seats so it didn’t feel like a small plane.

Meals & Snacks: A cold breakfast was served consisting of a ham and  cheese croissant, bannana muffin and yoghurt.   Tea, coffee and juice was supplied along with water.  On such a short flight, a meal is not really  required.

Service:  There were only 2 cabin crew as the plane is rather  small.  They were quick to serve the meal  and clean up afterwards.  All staff were  pleasant and quite friendly as we chatted about my itinerary details.

Entertainment:  There  was no inflight entertainment besides an inflight magazine and creating your  own entertainment by looking out the window.   As it was such a short flight, this was not a bother.

Kate Webster
Kate Webster
Kate Webster is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause. Born out of a life-long love of travel, the ocean, wildlife and conservation and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.