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User currently offline767AV From Colombia, joined Dec 2000, 80 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16571 times:

Hello all:

I´m planning a trip in Peru for next January and the air fare between Lima and Trujillo with LAN is extermely expensive (around USD $ 350).

However I was looking at Star Peru website and their fare is about USD $ 140 but I´m a little worried about them.

It´s a reliable airline? What about their safety records?

What can I expect from them?

I wouldn´t like to be stucked in Lima or Trujillo airport for hours.

Thanks in advance.

767AV

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User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 16587 times:

I flew Star Peru last year from Lima to Cusco on a 737-200. The flights were on time and the service was friendly, but that's a pretty small sample for you. My biggest concern was that my wife had a head cold and there seemed to be a pressurization seal leak. She was in a lot of pain on that ride.

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 16571 times:



Quoting Pgtravel (Reply 1):
My biggest concern was that my wife had a head cold and there seemed to be a pressurization seal leak. She was in a lot of pain on that ride.

That's why you NEVER fly with a cold. And what makes you think there was a leak? She would've been in pain in any pressurized plane. The pressure is always changing as the plane climbs or descends, it's not constant.


User currently offline767AV From Colombia, joined Dec 2000, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 16533 times:



Quoting Pgtravel (Reply 1):

Thanks for your comments. Do you know how reliable is their website in order to purchase the tickets using it?

Also do you know what kind of plane do they use for their flights to Trujillo and Cuzco?

At this point I don´t really know if it worth to try Star Peru or spend more money with LAN.

Any further comments or previous experiences with this airline are welcomed.

Regards,

767AV


User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 16462 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 2):
That's why you NEVER fly with a cold. And what makes you think there was a leak? She would've been in pain in any pressurized plane. The pressure is always changing as the plane climbs or descends, it's not constant.

Well, we didn't have a choice. We were traveling with a group and this was on the return. She did what she could. The reason we're pretty sure there was a leak is that most people in our group on the plane had trouble clearing their ears for the whole flight. Our next flight was on LAN back home and I had no trouble - my wife only had minor trouble. Seal leaks aren't that uncommon.

Quoting 767AV (Reply 3):

Thanks for your comments. Do you know how reliable is their website in order to purchase the tickets using it?

I'm sorry, but I don't know anything about their website reliability. We were on a group trip with her work, so they handled all the booking. What I can tell you is that my wife works for Disney and they use (or did use if it's changed since then) Star Peru for their Adventures by Disney trips. If it can pass Disney's risk management group, then that should say something.

Quote:
Also do you know what kind of plane do they use for their flights to Trujillo and Cuzco?

It looks like they have three daily flights from Lima to Cusco these days. Two are on 737-200s and one is incredibly on a BAC-111! The single Lima to Trujillo flight is on a BAC-111 as well. I would take that flight in a second - I had no idea they had BAC-111s.

Anyone know where those birds came from?


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 16459 times:



Quoting Pgtravel (Reply 4):
Seal leaks aren't that uncommon.

I know. If anything it may have been a sticky outflow valve. But I digress.


User currently offlineNA747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 120 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16382 times:

In June'08 we attempted to tvl on LanPeru between Lima & Cusco as staff travelers.
LP was very disorganized, they couldn't be bothered by us, "flights are full come back later", unhelpful in every way.
So, on the 2nd day of the same stories, we walked over to StarPeru & purchased full fare tickets.
The ground & flight cabin staff were very nice. They got us to Cusco on time. Coming back to Lima we were delayed about 1.5hrs due to the "infamous" Cusco weather.
We flew on their B737-200...wtih Varig seat belts. Lol. Both flights were jam-packed.
They got us there and back safely. They have been the best rinky-dink airline I've flown...and would do so again.
I'd try them if I were you; and If you do, get back to us & tell us how it went. Cheers!
PS-Back in Lima, trying to check in for the flight to MIA on LanPeru as other airline staff, we were standing in line with carry-ons only, the flight closed for checkin. They forced us out of the line and would not hear anything we had to say.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16337 times:



Quoting Pgtravel (Reply 4):
I had no idea they had BAC-111s.

I think that will be a 146 100, not a BAC 111.



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User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16315 times:



Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 7):
I think that will be a 146 100, not a BAC 111.

Well, I'm just going off the Amadeus timetable via the KVS Tool. It shows LIM CUZ on a B11 and LIM TRU on a B12. I wonder if they just miscoded it?


User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16292 times:

I'm sure you've probably already looked for photos...but if not:

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Not a bad looking livery, actually. And yeah, that "B11" flight will likely be a BAe-146, not a BAC-111, as I haven't seen any photos of a Star Peru BAC-111 in the database yet.


User currently offlineSPIM2EDDN From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 16223 times:



Quoting Pgtravel (Reply 8):
Well, I'm just going off the Amadeus timetable via the KVS Tool. It shows LIM CUZ on a B11 and LIM TRU on a B12. I wonder if they just miscoded it?

B11 is a BAE 146-100 and B12 is a BAE 146-200

Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):
However I was looking at Star Peru website and their fare is about USD $ 140 but I´m a little worried about them.

It´s a reliable airline? What about their safety records?

LP's fares depend on your country of origin. I'm actually surprised these are so expensive if you're booking your flight from Colombia. Anyway, the cheapest fares are only available when booking your flight from Peru (try changing your country of origin on LA's website and you'll know what I mean). $350 dollar for a LIM-TRU flight is a lot...

Normally I would prefer to fly LP because of their service and modern fleet, which makes me feel kinda safe, although I do realize it's actually a matter of proper maintenance. I'm sure Star Peru's maintenance is allright too.


User currently onlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3357 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 16109 times:

I wouldn't miss the chance to fly on a 737-200. I haven't found Star Peru to be any less reliable than LAN Peru or TACA Peru.

User currently offlineEnilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 7192 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 16088 times:

Have they had any accidents? Being that Cusco is such a challenge do you think they are safer (fly in there more than Taca so pilots are more familiar with airport quirks) or not as safe compared to Taca? I see they used to have Antonovs which is never a good sign!

User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 16063 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 5):
I know. If anything it may have been a sticky outflow valve. But I digress.

Coulda' been. My guess is you know more about this than I, but there was definitely something funky going on. Nothing that made me feel unsafe, but still not enjoyable for my wife and it clearly was related to the pressurization.

Quoting NA747 (Reply 6):
We flew on their B737-200...wtih Varig seat belts. Lol. Both flights were jam-packed.

Yes! We were on that as well. The funny thing is that the airplane wasn't with Varig before. They must have found the belts (or the entire seat modules) at a Varig fire sale.

Quoting SPIM2EDDN (Reply 10):
B11 is a BAE 146-100 and B12 is a BAE 146-200

Well, that's a bummer but still interesting. The official IATA codes are:
B11 - BAC 111
B12 - BAC 111-200
141 - BAe 146-100
142 - BAe 146-200

But I guess they just started using their own notations.


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1767 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16017 times:



Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):

However I was looking at Star Peru website and their fare is about USD $ 140 but I´m a little worried about them.

It´s a reliable airline? What about their safety records?

What can I expect from them?

There was recently a thread about LP vs. Star vs. TA Peru in the Travel Polls forum of airliners.net. There were several informative replies there from past Star passengers.

Quoting SPIM2EDDN (Reply 10):
LP's fares depend on your country of origin. I'm actually surprised these are so expensive if you're booking your flight from Colombia. Anyway, the cheapest fares are only available when booking your flight from Peru (try changing your country of origin on LA's website and you'll know what I mean).

This is true. But upon check-in they most often ask for a Peruvian ID as proof of local residency, and if you don't have it they make you pay an additional US$180 to board (which in some cases is still slightly cheaper than buying the foreign fare).


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15904 times:



Quoting Pgtravel (Reply 13):
Quoting NA747 (Reply 6):
We flew on their B737-200...wtih Varig seat belts. Lol. Both flights were jam-packed.

Yes! We were on that as well. The funny thing is that the airplane wasn't with Varig before. They must have found the belts (or the entire seat modules) at a Varig fire sale.

I recall a few years ago flying on a TANS Peru 737-200 which I presumed had been a former Varig plane (as it had Varig on the seatcovers) but seemingly wasn't...

Not as concerning as the Aero Continente 727-100, in which one passenger seat was completely different from the others, being significantly taller!



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User currently offlineEnilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 7192 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15892 times:



Quoting OP3000 (Reply 14):
This is true. But upon check-in they most often ask for a Peruvian ID as proof of local residency, and



Quoting SPIM2EDDN (Reply 10):
(try changing your country of origin on LA's website and you'll know what I mean).

Where do you do that? I don't see a box for that.


User currently offlineFlywrite From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15886 times:
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I flew Star Peru in July this year from LIM-CUZ-LIM . They were much cheaper than LAN Peru, and it was a great chance to go on classic airliners again.

In the week before our first flight, the airline called twice and also e-mailed to inform us of a change in the outbound flight times. The second time we didn't get the call or e-mail as we were in transit from Bogota, so turned up at Lima to find we had an hour delay.

The 737-200 was a bit shabby inside. My wife's seat wouldn't go fully upright (the steward was not interested when we told him). On takeoff, the cockpit door flung open as did a couple of overhead bins. It was a bit hair-raising, but great to fly the old bird again.

Sadly, they also took us via Puerto Maldonado, which wasn't in the original plan. I think they bump and change flights around. On the 2nd leg of this flight the cockpit door flung open again on takeoff  Smile

On the way home, we got a BAe 146-100, which was a new sub-type for me, so I was happy. Was quite nice inside, and they flew a visual approach to LIM, so great views etc.


User currently offline767AV From Colombia, joined Dec 2000, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 15830 times:

Well guys:

Today I bought the ticket between Lima and Trujillo with Star Peru (outbound 05 Jan; inbound 08 Jan). Let´s see what happens.
Do you know if I´ll be flying the 737-200 or the BAE?

For the LIM - CUZ I booked a ticket with Taca.

Also any suggestions for my trip to Peru are welcomed. I´ll be in Lima, Cuzco and Trujillo at the end of December - early January.

Also I´ll arrive to LIM from CUZ on Taca at 09:15 AM on Jan 05 and will leave to Trujillo on the same day at 02:00 PM.

Will I have time to go to the city of Lima? Any suggestion?

Thanks and best regards,

767AV


User currently offlinePgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 15808 times:



Quoting 767AV (Reply 18):
Do you know if I´ll be flying the 737-200 or the BAE?

It's a BAe 146-100. (SABRE is showing the correct 141 code.) They have two of these birds.

OB-1879-P was delivered to Druk Air in 1988 and, after a little time with Cambodia Airlines, retired in 2007. Star Peru picked it up at the beginning of this year.

OB-1877-P had a similar path, though it was briefly used by British Air Ferries when it was built in 1991 before going to Druk. That one joined Star Peru last April.

Looks like a nice ride:
http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...arch=OB-1877-P&distinct_entry=true

Quoting 767AV (Reply 18):
Also any suggestions for my trip to Peru are welcomed. I´ll be in Lima, Cuzco and Trujillo at the end of December - early January.

If you'll be heading into the Sacred Valley while in Cusco, I would highly recommend a these places:
*Ollantaytambo - very cool Incan town
*Moray - Incan crop circles that show how advance their farming techniques were
*Maras - Unique salt mines built into a hillside

Of course, Machu Picchu, but I'm sure I didn't need to tell you that.

In Cusco, I'd suggest:
*Sacsayhuaman - incredibly large stones that the Incans moved to form a fortress - just incredible how they did that
*12 Sided Stone - it may not seem like much, but anyone in town can point you to it - it shows the amazing construction techniques used by the Incans - this one stone has 12 sides and they were able to make it fit perfectly with other stones to form a wall

I absolutely loved my trip there.


User currently onlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3357 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15683 times:



Quoting Enilria (Reply 12):
I see they used to have Antonovs which is never a good sign!

What makes you think that? A properly maintained Antonov is just as safe as any Western airliner. Even more so, if you consider the extreme conditions that Antonovs are expected to perform under.


User currently offlineAlianza From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15458 times:



Quoting 767AV (Reply 18):
Also I´ll arrive to LIM from CUZ on Taca at 09:15 AM on Jan 05 and will leave to Trujillo on the same day at 02:00 PM.

Will I have time to go to the city of Lima? Any suggestion?

The airport is in the city. If you want to go to the "downtown" area, where most tourists go, it is called Miraflores, although all the districts have something to see and do, etc.

Most people don't realize what they are missing, by only passing through Lima between flights.

Check a visitors info guide at LastMinuteLima.com for ideas, and how to get a taxi from the airport. From the airport to Miraflores is about 40 minutes or so depending on traffic, which might only give you about an hour. If you went to the San Miguel district about 10 to 15 minutes from the airport, there is the zoo and Plaza San Miguel mall, then head back to the airport. Have a great trip!


Saludos,


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