FlySafair is a South African budget carrier based in Johannesburg. I had the opportunity to take a pre-dawn flight on FlySafair from Cape Town to Durban.
FlySafair 737-800 Review (CPT-DUR)
I joined the trip rather late in the game and booked my ticket two nights before for $125 from CPT to DUR. Had I booked further in advance, my ticket could have cost less than half that price.
While FlySafair, a subsidiary of Safair, does not have a real business class, it does offer a pseudo business class in rows 1 and 2 where the middle seat is blocked (much like business class within Europe) and a snack and beverage (from the economy class buy onboard menu) is included.
FlySafair has a mobile app and fairly easy-to-use website, but I was unable to check in online, ostensibly because there were no seats left to assign (I was offered the chance to pre-book a seat for $9-29 when booking, but declined). When I checked in, the seat map showed every seat assigned.
I was not worried, though. I figured there were probably some blocked seats plus there would be a large no-show factor for a 6:00 am flight. Sure enough, while checking in at at the airport I was immediately assigned a window seat in row three. Score!
We arrived early, just to be safe, and ended up with plenty of time to spend in the Bidvest Lounge (via Priority Pass, though FlySafair does sell access to this lounge as well).
Boarding commenced at 5:30 am from gate A9 and we were among the last to board.
FlySafair (FA) 160
Cape Town (CPT) – Durban (DUR)
Tuesday, July 19
Depart: 6:00 AM
Arrive: 8:05 AM
Duration: 02 hr, 05 min
Distance: 795 miles
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Seat: 3F (Economy Class)
A flight attendant offered a very cheerful greeting for such an early hour and I found my seat quickly in row three. I’m not sure if there were standbys or if everyone just showed up, but the flight went out full.
The captain greeted us over the PA and announced a flight time of 1 hour, 47 minutes and smooth skies enroute to King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
It felt like Ryanair, with the safety card plastered on the tray table in front of you. The 737-800 had 189 seats aboard with 30 inches of pitch and 17 inches wide. The configuration is a standard 3-3.
Row one on the port side and row two on the starboard side are bulkhead seats and have extra legroom. The emergency exit rows (16 and 17) also have extra legroom.
After a few cups of coffee before the flight, I got up to use the lavatory in the rear. A standard (very dated) 737-800 lavatory, but clean.
Food + Drink
FlySafair offers snacks and drinks for purchase. Here is the menu:
I ordered a bottle of sparkling water, more for the road once we landed than for onboard. I thought the prices were very reasonable for an airline. Note, the coffee was powdered (I asked).
IFE + Wi-Fi
This aircraft had no in-flight-entertainment, wi-fi, or power outlets.
I enjoyed watching the Southern stars outside my window and then the sunrise:
This was my first time flying FlySafair and I give the 737-800 a good review. I knew I was booking on a budget carrier and appreciated that the flight landed safely and on time…that’s about all I can ask for.