Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
As for the best, I would have to say either Varig or LAN, with LAN taking the lead on the safety side; Varig has had a few scrapes over the years, but I can only think of one LAN accident (a 146 that went off the end of a runway, with 2 or 3 fatalities, many years ago).
Both airlines have excellent inflight service; never flown with either, but will be flying with RG next week.
As for the worst, could there be any competition for Cubana? (It surely counts as Latin American anyway?)
Mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
On many flights under my belt to Central America (4 times a year for ove 5 years), i would have to day Grupo Taca is definatly one of the best. MUCH. MUCH better than North American airlines seriving the area, believe it or not.
I dont think TACA has ever had a fatality yet, hope it continues like that for i have an upcomming trip with them soon.
Bacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
i have not flown on many south american airlines but after flying Lan chile i found them to be way better then any US carrier. Aerolines is by far the worste and i was quite surprised by how well of an airline PLUNA was!
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2442 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2097 times:
I'll have to say that AeroMexico is my top choice. Their service is quite good and always on-time. I'm flying them on saturday to JFK so I'll post a trip report after I get back.
The worst has to be Aerolineas Argentinas. I don't know why they trust a consulting firm like BSG to try to take them out of bankruptcy (cuting costs everywere), instead of trying to provide a better service to make passengers fly with them. It is amazing that AR has no money and most of their routes are protected from competition by the government. What are they doing?
I also like Mexicana, COPA and TACA, they are quite good choices to fly.
DETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2076 times:
I've flown on Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN Chile and Varig.
Aerolineas Argentinas left a lot too be desired and I don't think I'll be flying them anytime soon, so I'll rate them as the worst. LAN Chile, on the other hand was excellent and I would compare their service to be at the same level of European airlines. Varig was somewhere in between.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10631 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
I´ve only flown LanChile out of every LA airline, and that airline is a good, very good airline by international standards. Now that they receive the best aircraft type of any competitor in that region (the A340) I´m pretty sure they´re at least one of the Top 3 of Latin America. All polls and topics on airline forums point to the direction they´re actually No.1.
WiLdmanVzla From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
LAN Chile can be good... VARIG & Aeropostal Venezuela both have wonderful inflight services... but there's is an small one with a great inflight service, excellent connections in their hub... but with a need to improve their airport attention... if they do that, be sure they will be the most friendly latin american airline