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Costa Rica Baby! From Peru With TACA, Tons Of Pics  
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10533 times:

Hello everybody!

I used to live for almost six years in the beautiful country of Costa Rica and I made maaaany wondeful friends over there. Last time I was there was two years ago, so it was about time to visit my friends and my favorite country in the world!

I am spending this years winters in Peru, so I checked the sites of Copa, Taca, Avianca and Lan for good deals. However, ticket prices from LIM to SJO were moving around 1000 USD. Terrible!!! It is about time form a low-cost to enter Latin America and help decrease those unhumane prices of Latin American airlines!
However, TACA came with a great sale, decreasing the prices of tickets by of 50%. So I quickly bought my ticket for 528 USD with taxes.

The direct TA flight LIM-SJO were more expensive. So I chose the cheaper fare with conections, which I didn´t minded at all. My routing was LIM-GYE-SJO for the outbound and SJO-SAL-LIM for the inbound.


03/01/2011
Lima, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador
TACA Airlines flight TA 138
Airbus A320
Scheduled Departure: 10:38am
Scheduled Arrival: 12:48
Flight time: 2hrs 10min
Gate: 20
Seat: 22F


I arrived at the airport around two hours before departure, because I pre-checked online the night before, which is very convenient. And it resulted to be even more convenient than I thought. The line for the TA flights was huuuuuuge! However, I saw the last counter said "Pre-checked passangers" so I went there and there was nobody! I got my boarding pass and checked my bag in two minutes! Excelent!

Security was a breeze, however, paying the airport tax was a pain, since the line was soooooo long   Once in the transit area, I started to look around shops and did some spotting, even though LIM is not the best airport for terminal spotting, since there is a double window which makes it much harder to snap good pictures, so I apolozige beforehand for the lower-quality pictures.

TA bound for CCS:
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Departures that day:
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Airport Cafe Britt shop:
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Note the nice local Christmas decorations on the tree:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03215.jpg

Amongst the more interesting traffic at LIM that morning was an A340 of IB:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03218.jpg

And a LAN 767:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03219.jpg

Lima airport is very modern and spacy, love it:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03220.jpg

Around 9:40am the boarding for my flight started, then I learned that my flight continued after GYE to MDE, which was fairly interesting. Later, when dissembarking in GYE, I noticed only about 15 people stayed in the plane to fly to MDE, the rest deplaned in GYE.

Boarding was standart, first were invited C-class passangers, then Elite members, later families with kids and people who needed help and later Y-class boarding started from back to forth of the plane. I was almos the first to board the plane in Y-class, since my seat was the first category to board.

I was welcomed by a very friendly crew and sat at 22F. The seat is rather confortable, it was a Recaro seat with no seat pocket and looooooots of legroom!!

Seat:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03223.jpg

Knee picture:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03224.jpg

View out of my seat, next to us a TA bound for EZE:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03222.jpg

Soon, all pax were on board and we pushed back on time and after the safety demo was played in the TV´s, we headed to the runway and took off from Lima.

IB A340:
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Peruvian Airlines 732, very interesting!!!!
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03230.jpg

Lan landing:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03236.jpg

Take off:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03237.jpg

Lima from the air:
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After takeoff, services started, with a meal service and a drink round.

Crew performing service:
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When flying from LIM to the north, ALWAYS choose the F window seat, because you get a beautiful view of the Andes cordillera! Today, it was kind of cloudy, but still, the views were spectacular!!!

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The meal was served, it consisted of an empanada and a salad:
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Very nice presentation:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03261.jpg

The meals was tasty and very nice, taking into account the flight is only 2hrs long. On a similar flight I did with Czech Airlines in November from PRG to TLL (the flight is 2hrs) we got only one little sandwich in no box and with nothing else. Way to go TACA!!

The IFE consisted of two episodes of 90210, unfortunately, no airshow today  

Before landing, the crew perfomed a duty free round which took them forever, because people were buying like crazy! I have never seen some many people buying on board! The crew didn´t even finish going through the cabin with the duty free, because the plane was already landing! Interesting to see this AFTER Christmas...

Very nice views when landing in GYE:
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We landed on time and dissembarked. As I as before, most of the people left the plane in GYE, only a few continued to MDE.

Our plane at GYE:
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Guayaquil is a smaller airport than Lima, but very spacy, modern and nice, with free wi-fi and nice view of the terminal. I bought a bag od Ecuadorian coffee and cocoa and observed the traffic. I had about 2hrs to spare before my flight to San Jose.

GYE terminal:
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Shops:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03288.jpg

Interesting traffic today at GYE.

AeroGal 757:
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http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03296.jpg

AeroGal 767 bound to JFK:
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http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03299.jpg

Tame Embraer:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03297.jpg

Copa arriving from PTY:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03290.jpg

LAN 767 with winglets departing for JFK, the AeroGal 767 will follow him soon and a LAN A319 just landing:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03303.jpg

My bird just arrived from UIO and will continue to San Jose:
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03/01/2011
Guayaquil, Ecuador to San Jose, Costa Rica
TACA Airlines (LACSA) flight LR 660
Airbus A320
Scheduled Departure: 03:35pm
Scheduled Arrival: 4:50pm
Flight time: 2hrs 15min
Gate: 14
Seat: 22A


Boarding was quick and soon I was again on an A320, where many people were already flying in from UIO. Quickly, we are all abord. A very short taxi followed and we took from from GYE. Bye Ecuador!

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Guayaquil is pretty big:
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What I like very much about Taca is that the crew is super friendly, they introduce themselves by name and keep saying, that if you need anything, don´t hesitate to ask.

Meal service consisted of the same box as on the LIM-GYE sector, but this time, it just included a few pinneapple bits and a small cookie. Very small meal indeed! But I fortunately had a sandwich in GYE, so it was OK. As a drink, I had a beer, which was a Tecate, mexican, fairly good beer.

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Cabin service:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03329.jpg

Nice views:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03326.jpg

As we stared our descend, some incredibly nice cloud formations could be seen over Costa Rica:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03331.jpg

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As usual when landing in SJO, it was a bumpy ride, but with very nice views:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03338.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03340.jpg

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Touchdown:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/To%20San%20Jose/DSC03344.jpg

We dissembarked by bus, because all airbridges were being used. After immigration and picking up my bag, I went to meet my friends who were waiting for me. It was so niiiice to see them after two years!!!

Costa Rica:

I am going to include some pictures of Costa Rica, just to tempt you guys to go and visit the most beautiful country in the planet:

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Me with a tucan:
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Enjoying a "pipa":
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/DSC03982.jpg


After ten days, it was very sad to say goodbye to my friends and go the airport to get back to Lima. Those ten days were just wonderful!!!

13/01/2011
San Jose, Costa Rica to San Salvador, El Salvador
TACA Airlines (LACSA) flight LR 636
Airbus A321
Scheduled Departure: 12:20pm
Scheduled Arrival: 01:40pm
Flight time: 1hrs 20min
Gate: 7
Seat: 28F

I pre-checked again, so I skipped the horrid line and had my BP in less than a minute. SJO airport is very modern and nice, nice work done in the past two years, it is now much more spacious.

Our A321 to SAL:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04037.jpg

AA 737 from MIA:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04038.jpg

SANSA regional Cessna Caravans:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04042.jpg

SJO:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04039.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04043.jpg

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Soon, it was time to board, and again, I was among the first to board the economy class section, since I was sitting in the back of the plane.

The crew was very nice and wonderful was, that I was the only one in my row!!!

Boarding process:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04045.jpg

Excelent legroom:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04046.jpg

Recaro seats:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04048.jpg

We pushed back on time and left SJO after a short taxi to the runway.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04050.jpg

An Avianca A319 probably undergoing a check in SJO:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04052.jpg

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After take off, I went to the bathroom, pics:
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Service started and the meal today was a hot cheese empanada and a delicious strawberry cookie. I had coffee with my meal.

Meal:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04070.jpg

Nice view of the Nicaraguan coast:
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Approaching SAL:
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El Salvador is a land of volcanoes:
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The coastline:
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Touchdown:
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El Salvador:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04095.jpg

We parked aside a TA A320 that was bound to Cancun:
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Copa from PTY:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04097.jpg

SAL:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/checo77/From%20San%20Jose/DSC04098.jpg


San Salvador is a nice airport, but from the four I traveled though, the worst. It had a little worn down look, but on the other hand, it is nothing scary.
I had only about a hour and a half, so I bought a bag of Salvadoran coffee and charged my laptop and soon it was time to board my LIM flight.

13/01/2011
San Salvador, El Salvador to Lima, Peru
TACA Airlines flight TA 041
Airbus A320
Scheduled Departure: 03:08pm
Scheduled Arrival: 08:23pm
Flight time: 4hrs 15min
Gate: 13
Seat: 7A


Again, boarding was quick, but this time, I was among the last to board. I don´t like that very much, since there was almost no space left in the overhead bins. That is why I prefer to sit in the back of the plane.
Again and for the forth time, we left on time. This time, the flight was totally full.

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Engine:
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Runway 07 today for us:
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After take off, meals were served and the crew was very nice in explaining the choices, it was either meat with beans or pasta in white sauce. I had the pasta.

Meal:
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I had a Brahma beer (Brazilian):
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After that, the crew perfomed two more drink rounds, which was very nice. IFE consisted of Johan Hex movie and an episode of The Mentalist. However, I watched the Big Bang Theory on my laptop.

I was getting dark:
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Later on we started our descend into LIM, the crew was very attentive to make sure all trash was collected and cabin was properly prepared for landing.

Lima (sorry for the blurrines):
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We landed just a little earilier than scheduled and parked aside a KLM 772 which was ready to fly to AMS. Aside the KLM, was an IB A340 ready to board for its flight to MAD. The day, the KL flight was operated by PH-BQF "Ferrara City".


Conclusion:

TACA is a wonderful airline!!! I love them! The crew was always excelent and incredible, planes were well mantained and nice. Service was above average. And also, I haven´t experience this kind of extreme punctuality in any airline (all 4 flights departed and landed on time). The only pity is their fares are very overpriced, so one needs to wait for these kind of sales to buy reasonable priced tickets.
I would give TACA a 10 out of 10!!!

Please, if you have any questions, don´t hesitate to ask me! All comments are welcome!

Have a great day,

Adam


Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
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User currently onlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1186 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10462 times:

1. Which part of Costa Rica were the crocodiles?
2. Where was the beach. However it looked a bit quiet.

Thanks for an interesting report.


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10433 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
1. Which part of Costa Rica were the crocodiles?

Rio Tarcoles, just pass Orotina on the highway to Jaco beach.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
2. Where was the beach. However it looked a bit quiet.

The black sand beach was Playa Hermosa pass Jaco and the white sand beach is Playa Blanca in Punta Leona.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
Thanks for an interesting report.

Thanks for the compliment!  



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10433 times:

Hi Adam,
very nice TR.
The pictures of your stay especially at the beach are stunning.
THe service on on TACA looks quite good, the cabin is very clean and the new slimline seats look comfortable.
Also the food was good for these flights.
Thank you again for sharing
Johannes


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10385 times:

Wow! Great trip report. The pictures are great, especially the ones in Costa Rica!

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
The meals was tasty and very nice, taking into account the flight is only 2hrs long. On a similar flight I did with Czech Airlines in November from PRG to TLL (the flight is 2hrs) we got only one little sandwich in no box and with nothing else. Way to go TACA!!

Very impressive...if you fly NYC-LAX on a U.S. carrier in economy you are lucky to get pretzels or peanuts or biscoff cookies for free...but you can always PURCHASE a meal!


When I first saw the TACA livery it struck me as really odd...but I have to say it has become one of my all times favorites, distinctive yet classy with just a bit of flair!

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10147 times:

nice report, I love the pictures, especially the one on the beach, perfect for Facebook profile picture j/k  . I am planning to go to Costarica at the end of February, everyone is saying that is beautiful country, and I need to check that by myself  

User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3037 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 9994 times:

Checo77

Great TR you wrote. Lots of great pictures too. All those destinations you made stops at I want to visit one day.   If I were you I would have taken that tucan home.      


User currently offlinestaralliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9488 times:

Great TR! I would love to try out a South American airline soon!

I love the Peru - Cuy t-shirt you are wearing in the photos!



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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9303 times:

Great trip report. TACA seems to offer an impressive economy product, but for that amount of money for an economy ticket it should.

Costa Rica is stunning, I would love to go one day!

Thanks for the report 


User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9172 times:

This is a very good trip report Adam. The pics of Costa Rica looked great. The animals looked cute. It seems like TACA would be a nice airline to fly on. Did you get sick of empanadas though? They seem to have popped on up on a few of your meals. I actually loved them when I was in South American and couldn't get enough. I also noticed in your report that you liked to buy coffee at the transit airports. Were they any good?


Quoting staralliance38 (Reply 7):
I love the Peru - Cuy t-shirt you are wearing in the photos!

I noticed a lot of these in Lima and Cusco. Did you get the one where the cuy are jumping into the pot or the llama shirts that copy puma? I have one of the llama ones.

Cheers,

Rob



You can never travel too much in your life!
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9118 times:

Really nice and comprehensive TR: love your pictures BTW...it's like doing the trip myself !!!

One small remark: COPA from PTY @ SAL, is actually a 737-800 of Continental  

(Agree, they really look very similar)...



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User currently offlineSumma767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2559 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8926 times:

Thank you for a great report with some fab pictures!

Just one question:
Are you sure that your GYE-LIM flight continued to MDE? The scheduled routing is for it to continue to CLO (Cali, Colombia), whereas MDE has no scheduled service from GYE at all, only from UIO.

The Avianca plane on maintenance at SJO is most likely an A318, ex Mexicana, that would be part of 10 A318 going to AV to replace F100s, and are currently being painted at Costa Rica and Panamá.


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8872 times:

First, thanks to everybody for their kind comments!! Very appreciated!

Quoting burj (Reply 4):
Very impressive...if you fly NYC-LAX on a U.S. carrier in economy you are lucky to get pretzels or peanuts or biscoff cookies for free...but you can always PURCHASE a meal

I know, but I don´t travel inside the US on planes, that is why, I am not used to not getting meals in Y  
Quoting LazialeMKD (Reply 5):
am planning to go to Costarica at the end of February, everyone is saying that is beautiful country, and I need to check that by myself

Oooh, you are going to love it! have a great trip and post a TR!!

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 6):
If I were you I would have taken that tucan home

I soooo wanted!!  
Quoting tk747 (Reply 8):
but for that amount of money for an economy ticket it should.

Of course! Their product has not decayed so much as airlines in US or Europe.

Quoting travelR (Reply 9):
Did you get sick of empanadas though?

The problem is, that I totally LOVE empanadas, so I didn´t mind   but I noticed that too! :P

Quoting travelR (Reply 9):
I also noticed in your report that you liked to buy coffee at the transit airports. Were they any good?

I am a coffee addict, I bought like 4kg of Costa Rican coffee, bought 1kg of Ecuadorian and 1/2kg of Salvadoran   I know Costa Rican very well (used to drink it for 6 years), I still have to try the other two  
Quoting travelR (Reply 9):
Did you get the one where the cuy are jumping into the pot or the llama shirts that copy puma? I have one of the llama ones

I love the one of the cuy jumping into the pot! Here the Peru, the variety is sooo big in these funny shirts!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 10):
One small remark: COPA from PTY @ SAL, is actually a 737-800 of Continental

I am sorry, my bad! I noticed it later too, but I cannot find the "edit" button. One cannot edit a TR? Thanks for poiting it out though  
Quoting Summa767 (Reply 11):
Are you sure that your GYE-LIM flight continued to MDE? The scheduled routing is for it to continue to CLO (Cali, Colombia), whereas MDE has no scheduled service from GYE at all, only from UIO.

Another of my mistakes! I am so sorry, of course, it was CLO. I got confused, because a friend of mine traveled yesterday to MDE when I was writing this reports! Thanks for pointing!!  
Quoting Summa767 (Reply 11):
The Avianca plane on maintenance at SJO is most likely an A318, ex Mexicana, that would be part of 10 A318 going to AV to replace F100s, and are currently being painted at Costa Rica and Panamá.

Yes! There were sooo many Mexicana planes (like 3) in SJO in the hangar  


Regards,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8630 times:

I LOVED your report and really appreciated all the pictures, especially of LIM. I have not been there since they had completed the first set of jetways (9) and some of the work upstairs..do you have any more pics of LIM's terminal that you would mind sharing (either on here or e-mail)?

The next time you go through LIM, please please PLEASE! If you can take pics of the terminal from end-to-end! ( I ask for next to nothing right?   Either way though, GREAT JOB! Your report was very cool!

I am not sure when I will be in LIM next, but I am so thrilled to see more and more pics since the airport website no longer updates pics  

Thanks Again!

LanPeru


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 8418 times:

Quoting LanPeru (Reply 13):
I am not sure when I will be in LIM next, but I am so thrilled to see more and more pics since the airport website no longer

I am travelling all the time from LIM, so I will do the job, guys let me know the next time you are in Lima to have a beer
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 8405 times:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 14):
I am travelling all the time from LIM, so I will do the job, guys let me know the next time you are in Lima to have a beer
Avianca

That's awesome! Thank you Avianca! I will definitely do that...hopefully I will be able to go soon!


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

Quoting LanPeru (Reply 13):
I LOVED your report and really appreciated all the pictures, especially of LIM. I have not been there since they had completed the first set of jetways (9) and some of the work upstairs..do you have any more pics of LIM's terminal that you would mind sharing (either on here or e-mail)?

The next time you go through LIM, please please PLEASE! If you can take pics of the terminal from end-to-end! ( I ask for next to nothing right? Either way though, GREAT JOB! Your report was very cool!

I am not sure when I will be in LIM next, but I am so thrilled to see more and more pics since the airport website no longer updates pics

I am traveling to Isla de Pascua on January 30, so I will do the job and post a TR! Right now, I am enjoying a nice chilcano in Trujillo, Peru  )

Quoting Avianca (Reply 14):
I am travelling all the time from LIM, so I will do the job, guys let me know the next time you are in Lima to have a beer

Of course, will be happy to have a beer with you and talk a little about Peru and aviation, I am currently in Northern Peru, should be in Lima in 10 days  )

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8257 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 16):
f course, will be happy to have a beer with you and talk a little about Peru and aviation, I am currently in Northern Peru, should be in Lima in 10 days )

perfect! just let me know, hopefully you still stay some days here, as I will be traveling end of january for 5 days to IPC.
cheers
avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8115 times:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 17):
perfect! just let me know, hopefully you still stay some days here, as I will be traveling end of january for 5 days to IPC.

Me too! I am taking the direct LAN flight from LIM! Did you catch the great LAN offer? I am travelling with my family from January 30 to February 2   Maybe we see each other on the island  



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8046 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 18):
Me too! I am taking the direct LAN flight from LIM! Did you catch the great LAN offer? I am travelling with my family from January 30 to February 2 Maybe we see each other on the island

yes of course booked in some weeks ago! I am traveling from 26 to 30, so maybe there a minute we can meet on the island  



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7569 posts, RR: 43
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7376 times:

Hey Adam! Awesome pics and a great report! Thank you very much for taking the time to put it together and for sharing it with us.


Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineSpeedbird2025 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7341 times:

Nice TR! Thanks for sharing.

--Nate


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 20):
Hey Adam! Awesome pics and a great report! Thank you very much for taking the time to put it together and for sharing it with us.

Hey Eddie! Thank you very much for your compliments, they are greatly appreciated! Have a great day!

Quoting Speedbird2025 (Reply 21):
Nice TR! Thanks for sharing.

Nate, thank you too!!


Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6495 times:

Nice trip report, enjoyed reading it!!


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinefshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6421 times:

Great TR, brought back many good memories from visiting CR.

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