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Get­ting to Cape Town, South Africa, is not as easy as a short drive to a U. S. port, but a flight from New York aboard South African Air­ways is im­mensely more en­joy­able. The ser­vice on the flag car­rier of the coun­try is rem­i­nis­cent of cruise line hos­pi­tal­ity and the staff are ex­cep­tion­ally wel­com­ing. Rather than dread­ing the long re­turn flight home, I ac­tu­ally looked for­ward to it.

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “It’s not per­sonal, it’s just busi­ness.” Just busi­ness? With South African Air­ways busi­ness, noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. Its highly ac­claimed busi­ness class is all per­sonal. Per­sonal at­ten­tion, per­sonal ser­vice, and per­sonal space un­like any other.

Of­fer­ing ser­vice from se­lect U. S. cities as well as a host of in­ter­na­tional cities, a flight with SAA be­comes a jour­ney into re­fined lux­ury. This air­line could bet­ter be de­scribed as a fly­ing ho­tel, trans­port­ing you to your des­ti­na­tion in leg­endary com­fort. Fac­tor in VIP treat­ment in air­port lounges, on­board ameni­ties, and a re­clin­ing seat that trans­forms into a restora­tive bed as­sur­ing that you ar­rive fresher than when you left.

The air­line is proud owner of the dis­tin­guished A330-300 air­craft. Each busi­ness- class seat fea­tures a 15- inch state- of-the- art touch­screen en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with more than 100 movies and a wide va­ri­ety of TV pro­gram­ming de­signed to keep you en­ter­tained through­out your flight.

In tes­ta­ment to the com­pany’s rec­og­nized es­teemed sta­tus, two of South Africa’s renowned chefs, Reuben Rif­fel and Benny Masek­wa­meng, have been em­pow­ered to cre­ate sig­na­ture meals that ri­val those found in highly rated restau­rants.

When you’re ready to sleep, the re­fined lux­ury liner’s busi­ness class fea­tures a newly de­signed flat bed that’s nearly six and a half feet long with in­creased pri­vacy and sub­stan­tial per­sonal stor­age space. Nestling up un­der a cozy du­vet with a plush pil­low de­fines the essence of priv­i­lege in fly­ing with SAA, reemerg­ing at your des­ti­na­tion in­vig­o­rated with a new lease on life.

As a mem­ber of the Star Al­liance, pre­mium pas­sen­gers have ac­cess to hos­pi­tal­ity lounges in se­lect cities within the com­pany’s ex­pan­sive des­ti­na­tion pe­riph­er­als. Catch up on work or sim­ply re­lax away from the crowds with undis­puted am­biance. Fly­ing be­comes an in­te­gral part of any long- dis­tance travel plans and trav­el­ing with South African Air­ways makes it a plea­sure to look for­ward to.

South African Air­ways

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