Back in 2005 I traveled from Atlanta to Johannesburg via SAA on an Airbus 340. I can't afford first class/business class so I was in coach/economy. The seats were so cramped and if the person in front of me leaned their chair back, I had to slump down to be able to view my TV screen. Fortunately then I did not have back problems and subsequent surgery. A friend and I are planning on going to Malawi again in 2016 and am wondering how best to get from the USA to South Africa? My main concern is cabin comfort in economy and being seated next to my traveling companion. I understand there are only three flights to J'burg - ATL, JFK, and IAD? What do all of you suggest? Should I consider flying into another city to catch a subsequent flight to Lilongwe? Which airline would you recommend and from which city? Thanks in advance!