Pgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13704 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.
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13688 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.
Pgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13579 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.
NA747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 119 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 13499 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.
SPIM2EDDN From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 107 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 13340 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.
Enilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 6570 posts, RR: 13 Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13205 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!
Pgtravel From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 446 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13180 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.
OP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1678 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13134 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).
Flywrite From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 183 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13003 times:
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
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.
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
Alianza From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 230 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12575 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!