Easy short flight from Johannesburg to Harare. Boarding was slow, flight attendants were friendly. They did a meal service on this short flight, including wine, which was pretty cool.
Loved the customer service and the fact that everything was on time, the served refreshments are a cherry on top
Flight was moved forward by 2 hours with 3 days notice. This meant I could not connect from flight from Johannesburg. So did not take the flight and drove to Kasane. Will never use Air Botswana unless absolutely necessary. Mark
There was no entertainment, but that is not expected on a flight less than 2 1/2 hours. Uber clean aircraft, good boxed meal and friendly flight attendants. Very please with the experience
The check-in line was long and people were put in front of me in the line even after I said I had checked in online. It took me an hour to finally get my documents checked and drop my suitcase. It was horrible!
Pros: "Flight was on time and crew was great"
Cons: "good short flight"
Pros: "Time keeping, plane was well sized and okay"
Cons: "Didn’t get a single sensible meal!"
Pros: "Attendant was professional"
Cons: "It was okay"
Pros: "Everything was good!"
Cons: "For a short flight on a small aircraft nothing could have been better."
Pros: "It's a shorter flight so, no IFE. The front row of the business section was nice. I'm glad that reserving those seats worked out for this flight, although it didn't on all the other flights."
Pros: "flight was on time food and drink"
Pros: "I was forced to give my carry on bag to be put in the hold. They said that it would not fit in the plane. When we got to our destination, i found that a large sum of money from my bag was stolen,"
Cons: "Security of our baggage should be better. And if you cannot fit the standard carry on bags, then please say so when people make their booking so that they can pack accordingly and do not bring carry on bags that they have to give up at the last minute. it is impossible to remove items last minute."
Pros: "Tayla the stewardess was very sweet!"
Cons: "Nothing. It’s a small plane!"
Pros: "Excellent service"
Cons: "Luggage was riffled through and item stolen"
Cons: "Delayed flight with close connecting flight and none of the flight or ground crew were able to communicate with the connecting flight gate agents. No priority for deplaning and tarmac shuttle was given to those with close connecting flight. Had to sprint through airport and barely made connection."
Pros: "Everything was good"
Pros: "There was hardly anyone on the flight so I got a row to myself! Also the flight was fast and smooth and landed on time despite boarding about 45 minutes late"
Cons: "At the beginning they needed 8 people to move up front for take off which was weird but obviously not anyone’s fault, and if the flight was full wouldn’t have happened, so it’s probably not something that could be done differently but was just weird."
Pros: "Seats were noticeably more spacious than comparable airlines. Good entertainment system and selection of films."
Cons: "Location of plug sockets, very difficult to use."
Cons: "The staff at Vic Falls airport tried to charge me several hundred dollars for extra bag fees. The fee kept changing depending on who I was speaking with and when I agreed to pay with my AMEX they said they did not take AMEX so they eventually waived the fee. This was only done after showing the manager a printed copy of my booking which listed that passengers are allowed 2 checked bags each. This was all done in the office of the South African Airways who I assume was managing the Airlink flight."
Pros: "It was good just the way it is."
Cons: "Why put cheese on the cross bun not good at all."
Pros: "Boarding was on time, and flight went smoothly. Loved the timing, giving me the whole day to explore the area and move on to the National Parks in the area. Breakfast at Uppington Airport is the best!"
Pros: "Airport check in went quickly and smoothly! Waiting lounge was excellent!"
Cons: "Nothing to report."
Cons: "Lazy agent said we were too late but bags not booked through on connection which helped cause delay"
Pros: "Pilot effectively communicated about the fueling delay and the imminent storm."
Cons: "Refueling issue : After boarding we had to sit on the aircraft to wait for the refueling driver to arrive and fuel the aircraft. This resulted in a delay of some 20 minutes. ssue"
Pros: "The crew was nice, overall a good flight."
Cons: "Had to pay extra baggage on a long layover, because we couldn’t check our bags all the way. My husband amd I had seats next to each other and then when we got to the gate, they had switched his seat... not ideal traveling with a 4 month old."
Pros: "We were on a small cramped plane. The food was horrible."
Cons: "Rude employees at the counter in the airport."
Cons: "We were very upset as we missed our flight to Maseru due to circumstances beyond our control. As a result we had to pay for another set of tickets and pay for s hotel room as no other fflights that day. We arrived to airport in plenty of time however there was a backup at immigration. We waited 10-15 minutes than an employee had everyone in line move to a different line. By the time he slowly walked us over our plane had already boarded. The bus was still there but we were not allowed on. Also, the representative said the boarding was delayed 3 minutes. Actually they boarded early. All along way we were assured there was no problem making flight."
Pros: "The crew were great."
Cons: "The flight was delayed by 2 hours. We barely made our connection flight in Johannesburg, which resulted in us having to run through the airport. We did not have time to get dinner."
Cons: "With over 1.5 hrs to check in, guards allowed others to cut in front and my son was told no problem, he would not miss his flight. He did miss his flight and couldn’t apply his ticket to another flight. Had to pay in full to buy another ticket for a flight 5.5 hrs later. Not good!!"
Pros: "Quick cool spacious"
Cons: "They left us in a hot hot bus for a long time at terminal and on the run way."
Pros: "The plane from Antanarivo as on time - quite an accomplishment for Madagascar!"
Pros: "Stewardess was very professional, spoke clearly, was very helpful. On time and affordable rates!"
Pros: "Comfortable transfer to Skukuza from Johannesburg"
Cons: "The flight was not listed on the departure monitors in the hall where we arrived. We had a hard time finding the terminal and then the check-in counters and the departure gate. If the flight would have been listed it would have been easier, no asking around required."
Cons: "Staff not so friendly"
Pros: "seats were nice"
Cons: "food was cold. no entertainment for 3-4 hour flight"
Cons: "The flights were not operated by South African Airways, so when we arrived to Johannesburg we had to take our luggage and register it again and make a second check-in. Because both flights were operated by airlines different from South African Airways we were not able to accumulate our One World miles."
Cons: "Spraying a very potent chemical in an already crowded small plane that send people home sick is not the best way to treat passengers. We do recognize there is probably a reason for doing it. Has the airline consider the impact on those with respiratory issue? Some passenger could not stop coughing until their final destination. Hope they find a better way."
Pros: "The flight attendant was really friendly and accommodating. Flight was on time."
Cons: "Can add a few more options for snacks. The chips and candy are pretty crappy."
Cons: "No priority boarding. 15 minutes waiting inside a cramped bus. First three rows in plane are curtailed off but seats are exactly the same as the rest of the plane. Beverage selection was poor and again same as in economy. The lunch was the only difference: a plate of chicken instead of a sandwich. SO WHAT DID I GET FOR PAYING BUSINESS? a curtain, a plate of chicken and exclusive access to the toilet at the head of the plane. Shame on SAA for selling this as a SAA business flight. Or Kayak for wrong advertisement. In the future I will definitely not pay for business as it is absolutely not worth it and will try to fly this portion with Air Botswana"
Pros: "Seats wider (or seemed to be so) than most economy flights. Flight crew courteous."
Cons: "Have lived in Madagascar for almost two decades and have never seen such disorganized boarding. No signage, staff all the same uniforms (thus no visual clues), no gate noted on boarding pass. Very frustrating. Two Airlink flights were leaving at the same time due to a delay for one flight, so better communication needed. Plane toilet disgusting and would not flush."
Pros: "Small plane but a very short flight, so its fine."
Cons: "Lost baggage. Sent to Jouburg instead. Second day at Cape Grace in dirty safari clothes. Still no bags."
Pros: "Pilot and Stewardess were good and airport was nice. I appreciated the flights from Cape Town to Skukuza and from Skukuza to Johanesberg."
Cons: "Airport crew not able to answer questions outside of their scope of responsibility. I asked a question several times and reply was "good afternoon". finally another person helped and directed me to another part of the airport where I asked the same question and received blank faces until supervisor showed up."
Pros: "It all went as expected. Today, that is excellent"
Pros: "I enjoyed looking out the window as we flew. Interesting countryside compared to what we have where I live in the U.S."
Cons: "Maun airport is small but it gets the job done. The people at the SAA counter were not well versed with checking bags to your final destination when you continued on from Johannesburg."
Cons: "Delayed flight due to airplane malfunction and caused late arrival and could not make our connecting flight. Had to argue for support to stay in Johannesburg due to the inconvenience"
Cons: "THe check in lady on the flight from Cape Town, was surly, rude, unhelpful, arrogant...just awful"
Pros: "Quick check in"
Cons: "Quants needs to upgrade they are falling behind in th bussness class game quiet badly This is my third trip in 4 years from Sydney to JHB and the service, seating etc is the same Tiered plans tiered overall"
Cons: "People were not the friendly except for the stewardess"
Cons: "Better Movies and music"
Pros: "Courteous crew"
Cons: "Entertainment console only partially working. Toilet vacant/occupied indicator not working fully."
Pros: "Crew was amazing!"
Cons: "In flight entertainment"
Pros: "A very comfortable flight (with a full plane and in economy). The crew was clear, gave good instructions and were available to help. Even though the flight started bumpy, they will still able to complete service on a short flight."
Cons: "Despite my status with Star Alliance (Gold...the highest), I still was not allowed to take my roller carry on into the plane. There was plenty of space as they were allowing NO one in economy to take a roller carry on. Despite requesting it twice (I was at the end of a long, 3 day journey from the US to Harare) I was denied. This was unnecessary and spiteful to those of us who fly frequently."
Pros: "Business Class on the Code Share, South African Air was superb"
Pros: "The crew between Joburg and Accra were friendly and fantastic. Less so the crew from Accra to DC"
Cons: "SAA’s food quality has declined over the past 20 years. And entertainment seems to be running a bit behind compared to other airlines."
Pros: "Not on the flight"
Cons: "Connecting flight was late"
Pros: "For a flight of 1 1/2 hours, we were served a delicious hot lunch."
Cons: "Terrible customer service. Put my fiancé and I in separate parts of the plane."
Pros: "All aspects of this flight were good."
Cons: "When we were waiting prior to our flight in the duty free area of terminal "A", Kayak notified me via text that the flight was scheduled for terminal "B". If I had not taken the same flight before many times, I would have been concerned with the incorrect information Kayak provided."
Cons: "The food was bland and they didn’t have enough of each option. For one meal I couldn’t get what I requested and just barely got it for the second one."
Pros: "The crew is always nice and friendly"
Cons: "Upgrade media units"
Pros: "Friendly accomodating crew. Flight was delayed but made up the time in the air."
Cons: "Its a short flight, hard to complain about anything."
Pros: "The plane was old and the seats were not very comfortable."
Pros: "Comfortable seats for domestic flights. Clean plane"
Cons: "Domestic planes not big on entertainment."
Pros: "The last leg of our trip was very comfortable, modern seats, pleasant service, and great food."
Pros: "Some of the crew were very nice, and flight left close to on time"
Cons: "Tv didn’t work, when I asked for help I got a bad attitude from 3 different flight attendants. Finally one very nice one found me a new seat with working television."
Cons: "Many seats the entertainment system didn't work. Both on our outgoing and return trips. Our seats going had one of the two systems inoperable. Coming home both were inoperable. They both were 16 hour flights!!!"
Pros: "Quick flight."
Cons: "Poor luggage handling."
Pros: "I like that I got an aisle seat this time, even though it was toward the rear of the plane. Because of my right knee, I requested an aisle seat on the flight from NY to Johannesburg, but somehow I didn't get one. I thought the crew was very accommodating and helpful"
Cons: "The delay because of problems with loading the baggage got us to JFK late. And that was just on the plane after we had to stand in the longest line before boarding. I also couldn't really enjoy the entertainment (e.g. movies or music) because the headset didn't fit well into the arm of the seat. I could only hear voices when I held the headset cord in one position, and it was difficulty keeping it in that position for an entire movie."
Pros: "We landed"
Cons: "Delayed departure No priority luggage handling (not in Iohannesburg and not in Cape Town). Luggage was marked “Priority” by carrier but it came out last off both legs. Not sure that works. Seated a super sized human in middle seat; this person could not even open the tray fully. Overflow several inches into my seat. Made for a very uncomfortable last 2 hours of a long journey."
Pros: "Seat was ok, as was the amenity kit provided"
Cons: "Crew was the worst - one air stewardess in particular was aggressive and rude and treated me like dirt when I asked for water. I just felt like I was a nuisance and inconvenience to the air stewardess party in the back of the plane."
Pros: "The crew was incredibly attentive and professional. Aircraft was clean."
Pros: "Flight was great overall"
Cons: "The flight was slightly late and made me miss an expensive excursion I had to forfeit and unable to re-book. I missed the highlight of my trip."
Cons: "Inflight services were poor"
Cons: "Audio on the in fight entertainment did not work, The headphone jack was not usable."
Pros: "Excellent, kind , helpful and friendly crew on my Johannesburg to NYC flight - one of the best I have ever flown with ! Thank you !"
Pros: "Overall good as expected. The onboard crew were unfailingly charming and helpful."
Cons: "At O. R. Tambo airport in JNB the boarding/security process at the gate was chaotic, with massed passengers held on line on the boarding jetways and stairs for over an hour and no explanation given."
Pros: "The flight attendants were gracious and friendly."
Cons: "The food was not great. Flapjacks for breakfast.."
Pros: "The long layover didn't help, but having the SAA staff at the foot of the stairs to the plane taking handluggage away to be checked was not appreciated, especially considering the plane was no more than at 75% capacity. In-flight meal was simple but well-prepared and tasty."
Pros: "The flight overall was really comfortable. Crew were friendly, entertainment was extensive with multiple options. Flight was empty so seating was really comfortable."
Cons: "Food was awful. We chose the Muslim meal and it was really bad. I would prefer going with a Seafood or vegetarian option. For such a long flight breakfast was really measly and no snacks were provided Bathroom were filthy. There should be a backup plan to keep bathrooms in better condition for long flights."
Cons: "My luggage was "lost" for more than half of my trip and when I finally received it all of my electronic and various other items were stolen."
Pros: "The special meal order was carried out."
Cons: "The entertainment system didn't work on either 15-hour flight. that made the trip very difficult."
Pros: "Nothing... We were bounced because they oversold"
Cons: "Bounced. Told us nothing. Seemed impressed that they were paying for an off airport hotel for us. Gave us a minor voucher that expires in a year and is not transferable so worthless."
Pros: "I don't remember a great deal after flying for many long hours. I do know I enjoy the vegetarian breakfasts quite a bit."
Cons: "I can't think of anything that was untowards. There was a minor delay in boarding I think but that wasn't a concern to me. I like to think we are each doing our very best. The flight attendants work very long hours with a slew of people. I appreciate your inquiries."
Pros: "Bathrooms were relatively clean throughout the flight"
Cons: "Outdated aircraft. The TV screens were poorly functioning/blurry and very limited in selection. No USB charger available. While 3 meal options were available, options ran out quickly. I flew two other international flights earlier this year (Qatar and United) and there was a clear difference in quality that was lacking in South Africa Airlines."
Pros: "I had two seats next to me vacant so I was able to spread out a little. :-)"
Cons: "Technology sucked. TV screens were old and none of the headphone jacks worked. Very annoying for a 16 hour flight."
Pros: "The ground crew were very efficient and kind. I felt like we were in good hands throughout the process, which included checking everyone's visas. Above all the flight crew was helpful, friendly and quick. they took very good care of us. I thought their service on the flight was exceptionally good."
Pros: "The flight was comfortable. The meal was very good and so was the complimentary Castle Lager. I really enjoyed conversing with my seat row mates from England!"
Cons: "The boarding gate check in was very slow and the boarding via a bus was also slow."
Pros: "Entertainment was vastly improved vs the outbound flight. Not as great though as other airlines. Has serious catching up to do on quality of flight and entertainment to other airlines"
Cons: "Boarding was messed up with wrong information on the monitors, 2 lines formed. Service was not ok considering it was business class."
Cons: "I missed it due to the delay of LH"
Pros: ".Ability of the pilot and in flight communication to passengers during thunderstorm - Excellent"
Cons: "Quality of the in flight meal-poor. Communication to passengers about storm and delays prior to bith flights"
Pros: "First leg of flight from Johannesburg to Senegal, the crew was good. Second leg from Senegal to Washington, the new crew was horrible. So much unnecessary attitude by multiple attendants."
Pros: "Comfortable seats, good meals"
Cons: "On both flights, personnel did not pick up trash after serving meals or snacks. Other airlines much better. Last half of flight, unable to watch movies because kept breaking up or shutting down."
Pros: "The flight was delayed due to an aluminium container hitting the aircraft on the ground. The captain kept informing and reassuring us on regular basis."
Cons: "Special order meal not delivered without explanation."
Cons: "One hostess was very brusque and unfriendly. The curry beef was very hot (tasty but way too hot for I'm sure many of the passengers, especially children). And this was the second too hot curry I got from SAA."
Pros: "The crew was professional and polite."
Cons: "The extra-legroom seats at the front lose width due to extra-wide armrests that hold a fold-out tray. The seats are not padded enough to be comfortable for a long flight or to sleep in. The food was what you think of as airline food; it was much better from JFK to Johannesburg. And they lost my luggage."
Pros: "A perfectly normal flight, once I got onboard."
Cons: "Transferring from a transatlantic flight was ridiculous in Johannesburg."
I lost my checkin baggage from Harare to Johannesburg. I nearly missed my connection flight. The plane was delayed for more than 2 hours without any communication from the team on the ground.
Cons: "I paid for extra legroom (and the seat was correctly noted on the receipt) but upon boarding found that I had been allocated an ordinary seat. For a tall man this small aircraft is very unforgiving. I could also not fit my briefcase into the o/head locker."
Pros: "Seat is comfortable"
Cons: "No entertainment n food."
Cons: "very dirty. There were food particles all over our seats and the life vest had fallen out was sitting on the floor of the plane. Take off was rough, the worsts I'd ever experienced in my life. The plane was unstable on the runway and then unstable for the first 10 minutes. I started crying and my husband was sweating bullets. When things calmed down and I asked the stuardesses for a glass of water they said it would cost money - wow. By the way, they never went over the safety procedures at the beginning of the flight and the exit row seats were empty. All of this made me even more nervous. I will never fly fastjet again, no matter the savings."
Pros: "Just like any other budget airlines, and it serves food if you pay for them."
Cons: "The boarding gate opened only 2 hours before flight."
Pros: "Fairly new nice aircraft with decent legroom"
Cons: "My flight was cancelled two hours before departure and I was notified by e-mail (that I only saw when I was at the airport). Next flight was 8 plus hours later. No rebooking to another airline. They suggested that they refund only the base fare (no extras/baggage etc) and then I can pay my own fare on the other airline. This is not an acceptable response as they could have reprotected their passengers to avoid us waiting at the airport for 8 hours."