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BA6302 Durban Intl (DUR) - Cape Town Intl (CPT)
 
Date: 11 December 2004
Departure (scheduled): 14:00
Arrival (scheduled): 16:05
Aircraft: Boeing 737-400
Cabin: Club (upgrade!)
Seat: 1A
  

I checked-in with the intention of getting both boarding passes as I was simply connecting in Cape Town before making my way to London. This caused a slight amount of confusion as almost everyone who goes to London from here goes via Johannesburg! Oh well, I like to be different! Eventually I got both BP's and was surprised and delighted to be told that I had been upgraded on this first leg to CPT. I asked if I could do a swap and get an upgrade for the CPT-LHR leg instead (with a cheeky smile on my face of course!) and was of course turned down!

I was again pleasantly surprised by the lounge in Durban, which again had good facilities and a good view over the airport. There were two Comair aircraft on the apron and it turned out, thank god, that we would be taking the newer -400 version for our flight to CPT.

We boarded again via the tarmac and upon entering the cabin I was pleased to take seat 1A (its always nice to be sitting in 1A ) although I was slightly dismayed that there was no window next to this seat! Although there was a window further forward, I had to lean forward to get any sort of decent view out of it.

Take-off was smooth and surprisingly quiet, which just added to the impression of how noisy the older -200 variant is. Club was fairly empty, maybe only 5-6 passengers in 4 rows of Club, which is arranged in a 2-2 format, although using the adjustable economy type seating which is used on BA's Club Europe.

Food service was naturally more formal than economy, but there didn't appear to be a menu choice as such. I was served with some fruit and then a warm bacon roll, along with a couple of beers. This was well presented, but not overly good quality, unfortunately.

As this was my fourth 2-hour flight across South Africa in a week, I was starting to get used to the terrain, but the weather was much clearer for this flight, so I whiled away the remaining time just looking out the window as the veld flew past beneath.

Landing into Cape Town was smooth and we deplaned onto a bus to go through to the terminal building.