Your choice of scheduled airlines: It is Cox & Kings’ policy to use scheduled flights on airlines with strong reputations for service, reliability and punctuality. Our holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean feature a number of world-class airlines and on these pages we have highlighted seven of the best and the different services they offer.
Stretch out: On long-haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort, so Cox & Kings offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition, the faster check in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through the airport with ease.
Regional connections: Cox & Kings offers excellent add-on prices for those wishing to connect to long-haul flights from regional UK airports. For further information, please either refer to the table below the price grid applicable to your tour or contact Cox & Kings.
British Airways flies from London Heathrow nonstop to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Accra, and from London Gatwick to Mauritius. You can check in at the check-in kiosk at the airport, or alternatively online or by using the British Airways app, printing or downloading your boarding pass and taking your baggage directly to the Bag Drop desk.
World Traveller benefits: A 79cm (31in) seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest; 23cm (8.9in) personal television screen with audio video on demand, offering access to 200 film, television and music channels; and three-course meals with complimentary bar service.
World Traveller Plus benefits: A smaller cabin for more privacy; a 97cm (38in) seat pitch; wider seat with adjustable headrest, leg rest, footrest and lumbar support, offering more personal space than World Traveller; 27cm (10.6in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; and enhanced choice of meals served on china crockery with complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £695 per person return.
Club World benefits: Club World customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges, as well as complimentary treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Club World features a seat that converts into a 183cm (6ft) fully flat bed; 31cm (12.1in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; excellent local and international cuisine is served along with fine wines and beverages; and snacks and beverages are available from the Club Kitchen. Upgrade from £2,695 per person return.
First benefits: Dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges; complimentary treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*; personal suite on board with a seat that converts into a 198cm (6ft 6in) flat bed; 39cm (15.4in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; turndown service includes a duvet, pillows and pyjamas; pre-flight dining is available at London Heathrow; on board, choose from a formal à la carte menu or an informal dining option, accompanied by the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £5,995 per person return.
* Elemis Travel Spa: Available at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
Cabin design elements may vary by aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic operates daily non-stop services from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, now operated by their 787-9 Dreamliner out of a dedicated check-in area at Terminal 3. With Virgin Atlantic, you can check in at the check-in kiosk or online, printing your boarding pass and taking your luggage directly to the Bag Drop.
Economy Class benefits: 79cm (31in) seat pitch with lumbar support and adjustable headrests; 23cm (8.9in) personal television screen with more than 300 hours of entertainment; choice of three meals with separate dessert service and complimentary drinks; and free amenity kit.
Premium Economy benefits: Separate checkin; dedicated cabin with a maximum of 35 passengers; comfier leather seats with a width of 53cm (21in) and a 97cm (38in) seat pitch; an adjustable headrest and footrest; 28cm (11in) personal television screen; and upgraded meals with complimentary drinks, including an afterdinner liqueur. Upgrade from £745 per person return.
Upper Class benefits: Separate check-in at Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing; quick transfer through the Private Security Channel to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, which offers complimentary meals, drinks and treatments; one of the longest fully flat beds in Business Class at 56cm (22in) wide and more than 221cm (7ft 3in) long; all seats have direct aisle access; personal 28cm (11in) widescreen television; and an onboard bar. Upgrade from £3,295 per person return.
Emirates operates 17 daily flights from the UK to Dubai, offering onward connections to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Harare, Lusaka, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, the Seychelles and Mauritius.
Economy Class benefits: Up to 84cm (33in) seat pitch with adjustable headrests; 27cm (10.6in) personal television screens with more than 2,000 channels of on-demand in-flight entertainment; and multi-course meals with full complimentary bar service.
Business Class benefits: Complimentary airport chauffeur-drive service (distance restrictions apply); priority check in and exclusive airport lounge access; lie-flat beds with up to 201cm (6ft 7in) pitch; up to 43cm (17in) personal digital television screens; and multicourse gourmet cuisine served with awardwinning wines. Upgrade from £2,795 per person return.
Air Namibia is the national carrier, with daily European departures from Frankfurt to Windhoek. Connecting flights available with British Airways from London Heathrow and Lufthansa from Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dublin.
Economy Class benefits: Up to 81cm (32in) seat pitch; personal televisions with audio video on demand; and meals are accompanied by a complimentary bar service.
Business Class benefits: Separate check in and access to lounges; seat which reclines into a 190cm (6ft 3in) fully flat bed; personal television screens; personal reading light; and an à la carte menu served with a selection of wines. Upgrade from £1,995 per person return.
Kenya Airways operates daily non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi with onward connections throughout Africa, including Mombasa, Addis Adaba, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Entebbe, Kigali, Brazzaville, Blantrye, Lilongwe, Nampula, Pemba, Maputo, Antananarivo and the Seychelles. Departures are available from 15 UK regional airports to Nairobi, via Amsterdam, in conjunction with Skyteam partners. Online check in is available.
Economy Class benefits: An 82cm (32in) seat pitch with adjustable headrest; 27cm (10.6in) personal television screens with audio video on demand, offering access to 25 channels; and choice of two meals and complimentary bar service.
Premier World benefits: Separate check in and complimentary lounge access; sleeper seat with width of 78.7cm (31in) and 190cm (6ft 2in) pitch, which reclines into a 170-degree flat bed; 39cm (15in) personal television screens with audio video on demand; restaurant-style meal with choice of three meals; and complimentary bar service, serving fine wines and beverages. Upgrade from £1,995 per person return.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
KLM offers departures from 17 UK airports to Amsterdam. There are onward connections to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Nairobi and Entebbe.
Economy Class benefits: 81cm (32in) seat pitch, ergonomically designed seats; personal television screens with audio video on demand; choice of meals with complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
World Business Class benefits: Priority check in and access to KLM Crown Lounges and SkyTeam lounges worldwide; seats that convert into a fully flat bed up to 207cm (6ft 9in) in length; personal 43cm (17in) television screens; choice of three-course gourmet meals and fine wines. Upgrade from £1,895 per person return.
Ethiopian Airlines operates daily flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa, with onward connections to countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, The Congo, Malawi, South Africa, Zanzibar and the Seychelles.
Economy Class benefits: 81cm (32in) seat pitch with adjustable footrests; personal 23cm (8.9in) televisions screens with audio video on demand, offering access to 80 channels; and choice of meals with complimentary bar service.
Business Class benefits: Dedicated check in and access to lounges; seats that convert into 181cm (5ft 11in) angled, lie flat beds; personal 39cm (15.4in) television screens; and an à la carte menu served with fine wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £1,575 per person return.
RwandAir operates flights three times a week from London Gatwick to the capital Kigali. There are onward connections to over 26 cities in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Economy Class benefits: Seats with 79cm (32in) seat pitch; complimentary drinks; and a personal screen at every seat.
Premium Economy Class benefits: Priority check in and security fast track, a larger seat with 97cm (38in) seat pitch with more of a seat recline and a retractable leg rest; complimentary drinks, upgraded meal service ; and a personal screen at every seat.
Business Class benefits: Priority check in, lounge access and priority boarding, a 112cm (44in) seat pitch which reclines into a full flat bed. A full meal service provided with complimentary drinks. an amenity kit is provided along with a larger personal screen at every seat.