Aeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2302 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.
Mfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2206 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?
Aeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 389 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2186 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.
Raaadek From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2148 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!