By:Christopher A. Pape
While the thought of a 16 hour flight can be a bit daunting, South African Airways whisks you in style with a direct flight from JFK to Johannesburg. With their premium business class enjoy the best of South African hospitality in the sky with seats that recline 180 degrees to fully flat beds, five course meals designed by celebrity chefs, award winning South African wines, and world class entertainment. Relax and refresh in the comfort of their first class lounges with luxurious amenities including showers upon departure and arrival.
The long flight hours will literally fly by as you experience gastronomic delights prepared by renowned celebrity chefs, Chef Reuben Riffel and Chef Benny Masekwameng who have recreated a five star dining experience serving classic dishes with a South African flair. Chef Reuben honed his culinary skills as the Executive Chef at the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant in Franschoek and later opened the highly lauded Bruno’s Brasserie in Cambridge, England. Cooking since he was a child, Chef Benny Masekwameng has worked his way up to become the Executive Chef at Tsogo Sun and also a Masterchef South Africa judge. Whet the appetite with tempting starters that lead to the exquisite main courses and finish with a sweet finale for a satisfying meal. Each course is paired with award winning South African wines and imported champagnes selected by their Group Sommelier, Bongi Sodladla to enhance the chef’s creations.
Enjoy entertainment from around the world on screens ranging from 10” in economy to 12” in business class. With over 100 movies to enjoy on demand from the latest blockbusters to timeless classics there is also a wide selection of international African, Bollywood, and Asian titles as well as 100 TV features, including the latest full-season series, comedy shows and family programming. Gamers will never be bored with 15 games to choose from to show your competitive streak as you play against fellow passengers.
To address all the necessary medical requirements for entering South Africa, SAS also provides a network of SAA netcare clinics that provide specialized travel healthcare services including all vaccinations including yellow fever, preventative medications including malaria, international inoculation certificates, and post travel diagnosis, treatment and care to ensure a safe and healthy trip.
The best way to visit this fascinating part of the world is on South African Airways where you can leave the urban jungle of New York City and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
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