Traveller writer David Rood flies South African Airways, Business Class, from Johannesburg to Perth on their Airbus A340-600.


Johannesburg to Perth, 9 hours 10 minutes.


There are 36 seats in the section. Mine is 11F, an aisle seat in the middle. Each seat is 53 centimetres wide with a forward-facing flat bed and a 185-centimetre pitch.


Business class provides a two-piece baggage allowance, weighing in at 32 kilograms per bag and an additional allowance for a piece of sporting equipment, weighing up to 20 kilograms. This all comes with priority check-in and baggage handling.


Business class on this flight is about good, old-fashioned size and space, complete with leather trim. The seats are configured in a 2-2-2 layout. The electronic seat adjustment is easy to get the hang of. When I board and find my seat, the welcome sight of folded blankets and sheet alludes to the sleep to come. The Temple Spa amenity pack is tucked into a compartment on the seatback in front and I have to get up to reach it. Good, old-fashioned size and space.

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