Good morning from London! Last night I flew from Johannesburg to London on South African Airways, a flight which was operated by an Airbus A330-200. As some of you may recall, my outbound flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg was operated by an A340-600, which featured a slightly different type of business class product.
I’ll have a full trip report shortly (I’ll actually start publishing it tomorrow), though in the meantime I figured I’d share 10 pictures of last night’s flight.
While I’ll save the details for the review, I will say that there are pros and cons to the A330 and A340.
I slept extremely well on the outbound on the A340-600, though I found the cabin design to be rather ugly, the entertainment to be outdated, and I didn’t like that business class consisted of one cabin with 42 seats, where you really felt like you were part of an assembly line.
The A330-200, on the other hand, had a slightly nicer design and a better entertainment system (not in terms of selection, but in terms of responsiveness and picture quality). I also liked that business class consisted of two separate cabins with three seats each, which made it feel a bit more private.
However, the seat didn’t go fully flat. It wasn’t some horrible sloping seat, but rather the footrest just didn’t go up all the way, and the angle was annoying enough so that it prevented me from sleeping well. The A330-200 also doesn’t have privacy partitions between seats.
With that in mind, here are 10 pictures from my flight, with more pictures and details to follow soon: