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  • AMcWhirter
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    I know that some of you regularly travel between Europe and Cape Town but the number of options is limited. So I thought you would like to be informed of a new air link starting in 2018.

    Austrian Airlines says it will fly Vienna-Cape Town twice weekly with a three-class B777-200ER from October 27 next year.

    http://atwonline.com/airports-routes/austrian-airlines-confirms-tokyo-cape-town-comeback


    bluemooner
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    Curious why no European airline (other than Turkish via Joburg) wants to fly direct to Durban. Commercially it is the 2nd largest city of S Africa and has an ultra modern airport. Also has a superb coastline with good facilities.
    ME airlines Emirates and Qatar also fly direct, but that adds hours to the flying time.
    And changing in Joburg adds at least 3 hours transit time to an already long trip.


    capetonianm
    Participant

    I used to use Austrian years ago from JNB. Great news as they are a superb airline and VIE is a good stopover option.


    openfly
    Participant

    Thomas Cook high season operation three times a week LGW-CPT is impressive for the price. Used it ex CPT on the Monday daylight, faultless. I don’t do economy if I can avoid it but this was impressive. Ok…you have to pay for the bar, but you get a meal, a snack and a Magnum! Comfy seats and excellent legroom. £270 single in high season…unbeatable value. Booked again for next year. Premium economy is available at £570, not quite such good value.


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Thanks for the heads up Alex. This is a service I’d definitely try and I only wish they were starting this year rather than late 2018.

    Another great alternative is Edelweiss ex Zurich. It is seasonal but the business class is superb, the staff are very friendly and fares quite competitive. If you’re booking ex LHR or MXP you need to do it through the Swiss website.


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Sorry to late to edit, but I should add that for those who like day flights Edelweiss have one of their three flights a week returning from CPT during the day. A 9 am departure I think.

    https://www.flyedelweiss.com/en/pages/home.aspx

    Whoops, just seen day flights are gone, now only 2 flights a week and both night flights in each direction. Shame as I wonder why they reduce the frequency when Lufthansa’s flights to CPT are always full and often wait-listed, as is KLM.


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    bluemooner – Re Durban. I’m sure BA used to fly there some years ago.

    Today I see there will be one less option as ET (with connex from Europe) is closing its Addis-Durban route this month.

    http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/273742/ethiopian-ends-durban-service-in-late-july-2017/


    bluemooner
    Participant

    AMcWhirter – I travelled on the flight. It stopped at Harare. I remember once thinking I would get off, go in the terminal and stretch my legs. As I walked down the aircraft steps there were armed soldiers on the terminal building roof. I turned straight around and back into the aircraft!
    As an ex pat in those days, I used to drive past the old Durban airport on the way to see clients. It was somehow comforting to know that there was a British Aircraft to take bring me home at a moments notice.


    capetonianm
    Participant

    BA had a service into DUR I would guess in about 1982 which was a continuation of a LHR JNB service twice a week.


    Reeferman
    Participant

    According to “My Flightpath” it appears I flew London to Durban in May 1993. It was on BA057 – probably via JNB, but I can’t recall for sure.


    bluemooner
    Participant

    The Durban flights were definitely via Harare and not via Joburg, I was a passenger on it.


    Reeferman
    Participant

    I can’t speak for any service via Harare as I’ve never been there – so will take your word for it. However, as capetonianm says, BA had a flight via JNB – which was also the one I took in 1993, I believe.


    SimonS1
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    I can’t speak for any service via Harare as I’ve never been there – so will take your word for it. However, as capetonianm says, BA had a flight via JNB – which was also the one I took in 1993, I believe.

    Indeed. I believe BA57 still goes to JNB now, however the hop on to DUR is via Comair these days.


    capetonianm
    Participant

    I am not aware of any LON-HRE-DUR operated by BA but there was a LON-JNB-DUR and it was about 1993, not 1983 as I put in my posting earlier. I expect that some of the 747-436s that they used then are still in service, except the one that ended up adorning a building at Jan Smuts a few years ago. Some of the ones delivered in 1990 are still in service.

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