Airline Review: Comair (regional Economy)
Comair is the second biggest network carrier in South Africa. The Comair fleet consists of two different Boeing aircrafts. While we already reviewed our flight in a Boeing 737-400, it’s time to review the Boeing 737-800, the newest aircraft type in the fleet. Our experience was quite good this time, especially as the food and the service were surprisingly good once again.
When we decided to fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg, we did have no other choice than booking Comair as we wanted to visit the amazing SLOW Lounge Cape Town.
- Airplane: Boeing 737-800
- Cabin Class: Economy
- Daytime: Noon
- Food: Lunch
- Seat Pitch: 31 Inch (79 Centimeter)
- Seat Width: 17 Inch (43 Centimeter)
After a lovely massage, we were very relaxed to board our Comair flight. Surprisingly, we were not awaited by one of the very old Boeing 737-400 jets Comair has in its fleet.
While the flight in the Boeing 737-400 was quite funny, we were actually happy to see an airplane with winglets which in that case meant we would board a Boeing 737-800!
Seating in the Comair regional Economy
As it also was the case with the Comair Boeing 737-400, seating in the Comair Boeing 737-800 was similar to what British Airways is (or rather was) offering on regional flights in Europe.
The seats in the Boeing 737-800 are not as old as the ones in the Boeing 737-800 and so is the whole interior. That said, the seat pitch and the seat width were still okay.
Even though we definitely had flights with more seat pitch, we had a comfortable time the two hours we were in the plane. Moreover, the plane was well maintained and clean, making seating in the leather seats enjoyable.
Lunch in the Comair regional Economy
In contrast to European airlines and especially British Airways, Comair still serves hot meals on all regional flights including the one from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In that very case, we were served some kind of chicken with noodles. As usual, there was no vegetarian choice available.
Yet, the meal was tasty and had the right temperature when served. The additional dessert was a yoghurt with blueberries which tasted very good. Last but not least, there was also a little chocolate bar as a finish. Surely, we were also to choose a drink of our choice.
Entertainment in the Comair regional Economy
Comair doesn’t offer any newspapers or magazines on board which means that the entertainment options are rather limited. There is also neither Wi-Fi nor are there monitors.
The only entertainment option available was the high life board magazine (South African edition). As I already mentioned in my first review, entertainment definitely is the weakest spot of the Comair regional Economy Class.
Bottom line Comair regional Economy
We enjoyed our Comair flight once again even though it was quite bumpy. The Boeing 737-800 definitely has the superior interior compared to the Boeing 737-400 as the seats are less worn out and the technique (air conditioning, lights) is just way more modern and efficient.
The restrooms are also a plus compared to the Boeing 737-400. That said, I’d definitely recommend flying with Comair in regional Economy, especially if you can combine the flight with a visit to either SLOW Lounge Cape Town or SLOW Lounge Johannesburg (access with oneworld Sapphire or Emerald status).
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