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Argentina Domestic: AR Or LA?  
User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

Dear all,

for domestic flights in Argentina, we can choose LA or AR. Do you have any experiences? What is recommended?

Thanks


Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!
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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

LAN Argentina is the way to go pretty much without exception. Unfortunately the have not yet expanded enough to cover as much of the country as AR does however heres what you can expect.

Generally a friendly crew if you speak Spanish you might be able to spark a conversation
A very clean airplane
A small snack box containing some peanuts cookies
Complimentary drinks including beer although I am not sure about the wine or if there is any.
Generally a little bit less chaos and more reliability.
I know the head of maintenance for LAN Argentina at AEP personally as he is a good friend of my dads and he assures me that operations are very safe and they most certainly appear to be

I hope that AR can eventually be on par. Although I have to say that there has been quite some improvement in the last couple of years and also personally knowing a 737-200 Instructor for the airline (737-200 has been retired) now turned A340 captain he always lets us know on the status of things and they are improving.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24325 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

I'd strongly second LAN recommendation unless the fare or schedule is much superior on AR.

If you are a OW frequentl flier, you can accrue miles with LAN Argentina also.



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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

I opened this thread with a little trepidation, but pleased to read all of the endorsements for LAN as I will be flying with them next week between AEP and USH!


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User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Can you keep me informed how it was on your LA-flights?
Thanks



Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!
User currently offlinePewpew320 From New Zealand, joined Mar 2009, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Well i've flown both AR and LA from SYD - AKL and LA is definately much better. So i'd assume domestially they'd be too.

User currently offlineMindscape From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

Love Argentina, traveled several time domestic routes, but AR F/A are the rudest I have ever met. You will have a MUCH better notion of service with LA.

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

I was in Argentina this month and last. While I didn't fly LAN domestically, I did fly LAX SCL-COR, Aerolineas Argentinas COR-AEP-BRC and Austral BRC-AEP. I found the LAN and AR flights to be very similar, but out of the three, I preferred the Austral flight the best. First of all, it was on an MD-80, which are always more fun than the more modern jets. Second, the food was more substantial than on the other two (a cold chicken plate with rice, bread and crackers), as opposed to snack boxes on the other two. Granted, the cabin interior and seats were a little worn, but the whole experience felt more unique than in AR or on LAN. BTW, can anybody explain to me what exactly the difference is between Austral and Aerolineas Argentinas, corporate wise?


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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2414 times:
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Was in that awesome country back in October and I flew LAN for most of my domestic flights with the exception of Andes for the IGR-SLA leg.

LAN was always on-time and convenient with a very decent service on-board and neat planes.

Go for LAN, AR is also quite reknown for the strikes...



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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2410 times:



Quoting Mfricke (Reply 7):
BTW, can anybody explain to me what exactly the difference is between Austral and Aerolineas Argentinas, corporate wise?

The relationships between the 2 can be rocky at times. Austral was originally its own airline along with AR and had nothing to do with each other and then they were almost one. At the moment since AR has been put back into control under the state both airlines are now sister companies owned by the state. The paint schemes used to be exactly the same and have now slightly changes with Austral having a Billboard livery.


User currently offlineRaaadek From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

I only flew LA, AEP-FTE return in 2007, brand new A320, niece crew, both flights on time, complimentary food and drinks. Very solid service - would fly again with LA. Hope to get on AR next time though or better still, on Austral's MD80!

User currently offlineSKY1 From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 879 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

Agree with the most:

LAN, no doubt!



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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

I just got back from Argentina this morning, and having flown the following routings with LAN;

AEP-USH
USH-FTE-AEP

I can confirm that the service was professional, friendly and comfortable, and they were on of the the best short-haul airlines I've flown with.

I would most certainly recommend choosing LAN, and if possible, reserve yourself a seat (at no extra charge) in rows 1-4 for a little bit of very welcome extra legroom.

Hope this helps.



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