Nickbbu From Romania, joined Jan 2007, 185 posts, RR: 4 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
How is the service on this route operated by LAN Chile? Did anyone try flying only on this route, without going all the way to SCL?
It’s quite unusual that you can actually buy tickets only between MAD and FRA. And the price of a round trip ticket is less than 80 euros, on certain dates, even lower than a LCC price. On top of that, you get to fly on the A340-300.
IberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 560 posts, RR: 40 Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
It's definitely worth, LAN offers a full meal and a nice entertainment system with 6.4" PTVs, several video channels, interactive games, air show and music channels....all this on a long-haul plane for such a short route. It's the best choice, compared to IB, JK, or LH. Even some business passengers are aware of this and fly with LAN.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21464 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 1): It's the best choice, compared to IB, JK, or LH. Even some business passengers are aware of this and fly with LAN.
One negative of 5th freedom sectors like LA MAD-FRA at the end of longhaul routes is that delays may be more likely. And with their much lower frequency, if there should be a major delay (of cancellation) you are likely to have more problems being rebooked on another flight than if you were on IB or LH who have several flights a day and could probably rebook you on another flight a couple of hours later without too much inconvenience.
LanAlemania From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 189 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
flew them two times on this route (FRA-MAD-FRA, the first time also going on to SCL). For the price they offer it's definately the best product you can find on this route, given that they fly it with a long-haul a/c and PTVs in all classes. I took them in 2002 and 2005, and unfortunately you could also see a drop in service level there (all for Y Class) - this is what I can remember:
2002: Hot meal with entree choice, one drink round (with the meal), pillows and blankets, PTV with Avod at times crashing.
2005: Cold meal without choice (although still nicely presented and with real glasses for wine), one drink round with it, no pillows or blankets (maybe on request, did not ask), PTV with notably improved software.
F/As always were extremely nice and took time to serve each Y Pax individually, always asking for additional wishes and being slightly irritated when one passenger did not want to have some wine with the meal .
I would say it's not a big problem taking them when you're going for leisure. On the other hand, I never had a punctual departure from FRA with them (though these are snapshots only, don't know how their average punctuality in FRA is). Check-in also never went smooth (wrong seat assignments, worries about reservations etc.). The longhaul sector is the "risk potential" here, as Viscount already stated.
All in all they managed to impress me with their service as you can see in my nickname .
Otherwise - if you're thinking about trying them go for it! Mileage-wise, at least until 2005, they also were very generous, with even these cheap fares eligible for the full amount of miles and nice promotions for first-time purchases via their site (try to get that on IB!).
Mxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
I just tryed it last 3th June from MAD to FRA.
I am an Airbus330-340 fan so i booked it just for fan,routing MXP-MAD in the morning with Easyjet,afternoon with then and then coming back the next day from CGN to MXP,and....people i very impress with service,very very good ,beginning from the check-in.Surerly i will do it another time always just for fan i think next september.
And at the end i just ask the Steward"can i shot the cockpit?" he ask the captain and he invite me inside and told"be like at home and take all the photos u want"so i was just how can u image at the top of my 2007 spotter's activity.
Just take it and enjoy