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Which Airline Would You Fly To South America?!  
User currently offlineAir Palingus From Argentina, joined May 2000, 43 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6037 times:

Hey!! Please, leave your opinion...

Which airline would you fly to South America??! Which one do you think es the best?? The worst?! Any personal experiences??
Let me remind you of some: Aerolineas Argentinas, Southern Winds (Arg), Varig, TAM, Pluna (Uruguay), Lloyd Aereo Boliviano, LAN, Avianca...
Personally, I think AR es great, though LAN and TAM have great onboard services too!!


Thanks!

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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6028 times:

From where? Origin limits choices somewhat! I did CO from the UK last month, which I was quite happy with overall.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6025 times:

Yes from where to where? I recommend AR, LA, JJ and AV, from the first 3 i have heard they are very nice, and im gonna talk about AV tough their cabin entertainment is still very average, the F/As are very kind and the food is nice, also, 34" legroom on the 757s and 767s, big blankets and pillows, and comfy seats.

User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6005 times:

I would fly AA to south America. Guess LA is not to bad either.
I know am friends with the grandson of the vice president of AR so thats not a bad choice.I could get the jumpseat!



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 3):
I would fly AA to south America. Guess LA is not to bad either

AA compared with LA is pure trash.

LA is among the bests in the world.


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

LAN certainly were impressive recently. Good food, very friendly crew, and great IFE on one trip (AVOD). Chilean wine with your meal at no extra cost, with top-ups as well!

Geoff M.


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

Avianca is great! And they have mostly very good fares...


Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineFokkerVII From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5983 times:

I am not sure which LatAm airlines to recommend as I have not flown many recently. However, I would steer you away from Varig if you are in coach or if you are an IFE junky.
I flew down to GRU last year on their MD-11 in coach and it was not fun. The seats were OK but the IFE was hopeless. Only Brazilian movies/shows and they were shown on small TVs suspended from the ceiling.

Their redeeming value: Guarana! They still serve this great Brazilian soft drink....


User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

My choice is LA. And it is not only recently that they are impressive. I had my first flt with them in 90. It was a 707(PPT - IPC - SCL ). And I have been impressed by the quality of their service.
And after that, I have never been disapointed by them.
Teva



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7633 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5915 times:

I agree that you have to clarify from where you are flying. I have been twice to South America and both times I flew AM non-stop to GRU from MEX and my overall opinion is a very positive one... not the best of the best (like CX, JL or something), but pretty solid. Within Brazil, I flew JJ between CGH and VIX and I was impressed with their service... I am really eager to fly JJ long-haul one day soon.

I have heard that LA is truly outstanding, and that MX's MEX-EZE flight is also great.

On the other hand, if it is a good fare what you are looking for, CM, TA and AR may be your best options among the major carriers.

Ultimately, I think your decision should be determined by schedules, fares, connecting times (if non-stops are not available) and other factors such as whether your chosen airlines will give you miles.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5897 times:

From AKL either LA or AR. From LHR AZ or BA from Asia MH via JNB from MIA any one of them provided the price is right.

User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

LA and AA are the only way to go!

User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

Aso, AV has great fares, cheaper than all US airlines and most European airlines also.

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5858 times:

If you don't want to be disappointed, avoid AA. Trust me.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5857 times:

TAM - now if they only had A340s... but A330-200s are ok as well.

LA is always a bit annoying from here (Frankfurt), because of, to a lesser extent, the stop in MAD (ok - stopping in MAD or transferring in CDG, AMS, LHR, or anywhere else is more or less the same type of annoyance), but specifically because you overfly quite large parts of South America only to then be heading back (if you're going to Brazil, for example).

If I were heading to South America's west coast, LA would most likely be my primary choice.

Regards,
Frank



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlinePualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5843 times:

I had the chance to fly JJ GRU-MIA in Business and it was fabulous. Loved the AVOD system and the seats were very comfortable. It was my first time on a A332 and it did not disappoint. The service was very good also.


pualani


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5833 times:

I'm flying delta to and from NY in two weeks.I've tried AR,good.
RG:pure cr*p.
A4: if you thaught that Varig was bad...
DL:so far the best.

mike

[Edited 2005-04-19 05:25:38]


They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 11):
LA and AA are the only way to go!

Indeed the first one!


User currently offlineLPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5824 times:

Quoting FokkerVII (Reply 7):
However, I would steer you away from Varig if you are in coach

Oh, how things have changed! I remember flying them from LIS-CDG, LIS-LHR back in the late 70s/early 80s and their economy was probably the best in the world: real china, excellent food, very professional, etc.. Unfortunately, things have changed. What a drag!!!!!  Sad



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