South African Airways (SAA) is upgrading its fleet with five new state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, super-comfortable Airbus A330-300 aircrafts.
The A330-300 is a wide-bodied aircraft, quieter than previous-generation airliners, equipped with advanced avionics and navigation systems and ultra-fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent engines, resulting in lower fuel burn and lower carbon emissions for that matter.
The latest model A330-300s feature an increased 242-tonne maximum take-off weight and have an extended range of 6,350 nautical miles (11,50km) – typically routes of up to 11 hours – compared with previous versions of the aircraft. This combination of superior payload and range will enable SAA to expand its route network in Africa and beyond.
The A330s complement the airline’s existing Airbus long-haul and domestic/regional fleet, which includes ten (10) A320s which were delivered in 2016.
Customers will be particularly pleased with SAA’s investment in the latest-generation on-board amenities and other cabin features on their A330-300s.
The airline has selected warm, neutral colours and finishes for its cabin furnishings to provide a comfortable, elegant, hospitable and relaxed ambience, which will leave travellers feeling well rested after long flights.
The SAA A330’s upmarket interior design resembles the elegant surroundings of its airport lounges, where warm neutrals invite you to feel at home.
Economy Class on the A330 is fitted with 203 newly designed slim-line seats, all with extra personal space and generous legroom for the passengers’ travelling comfort. Each seat is fitted with a 10.1” screen, individual USB charging ports and access to shared PC power points.
To make flights more enjoyable, Economy Class customers are offered a handy amenity kit with socks, eyeshades and a toothbrush with toothpaste. Passengers travelling with babies and wheelchairs will appreciate the double-size bathroom situated in the middle of the Economy Class cabin, which also incorporates a large fold-down table for changing babies’ nappies.
Changes in the aviation industry have evolved Business Class to today’s high standards, which are in some ways closer, and in other ways superior, to the First Class of previous years. SAA was the leader in introducing the first flat beds in Business Class 15 years ago, and is still setting the standard today.
SAA pulls out all the stops to treat its Business Class passengers to an unforgettable journey. Whether you’re a seasoned or a first-time traveller, Business Class on the A330s is sure to make you feel right at home in your very own living space. Upon boarding, you will be welcomed with a bubbling flute of Méthode Cap Classique and then spoilt with an amenity bag stocked with travel necessities and indulgent cosmetics. And when you’re settled in, your taste buds and appetite will be treated to exquisite à-la-carte menu, proudly South African cheeseboard and skilfully selected wines.
Seating in Business Class cabins is in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, offering increased privacy and providing all Business Class passengers with direct access to the aisle. The A330-300s offer more Business Class seats than the largest aircraft in SAA’s current fleet.
The updated cabin layout includes customised seats that lie fully flat at 180° and extend to almost 2m. The seat is also extra-wide at 23”. Each seat is designed to offer more privacy, individual aisle access and even more personal top and stowage space. A large tray table pops out when pushing the tray table button, which is more user-friendly than traditional tray tables.
When combined with a soft, warm duvet and luxuriously large pillows, this space of your very own will ensure you enjoy a good night’s rest. Padded seat covers provide extra comfort.
Noise-cancelling headsets will help you relax and unwind when you feel like taking some time out. They also bring to life the audio-channels and soundtracks of SAA’s wide range of in-flight entertainment options – all at your fingertips and displayed on your own screen. Each Business Class seat on the SAA A330 is equipped with a 15” video screen, power socket and USB port, so you can use or charge your tablet, phone and laptop at your leisure.
Boredom’s not an option on an SAA A330-300 flight thanks to its on-demand in-flight entertainment system, with full programme offerings in all Business and Economy Class seats. For the best viewing experience, each seat has a high-resolution screen.
The A330-300 incorporates the RAVE inflight entertainment system – a fully customisable and lightweight entertainment system from Zodiac. This new system offers each passenger their own personal television screen, featuring an intuitive, full-capacity and simple interface. The navigation will be available in six languages: English, French, German, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.
In addition, passengers will be able to stream a selected set of contents to their own personal device, such as a smartphone or tablet. The additional contents consist of a selection of digital magazines, a newsfeed offered by Agence France Presse (AFP), offering global news updates directly to your device, short tourism clips, a moving map which allows you to zoom in and out of the area you’re flying over, and more.
The offering will be expanded in the future with cached websites and additional short TV contents. The SAA in-flight entertainment app Airscape needs to be downloaded before travel for iOS and Android devices.