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Chile To Argentina With LAN PMC - SCL - BUE  
User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6255 times:

Chile to Argentina – From the Volcanoes to the Tango!
Introduction:
The second week of February I got a call from Spain to invite me to do a speech about Chile as a Travel Destination for travel agents all around Latin-America. The conference will be in Buenos Aires between April 13 and 15.
As soon I got the call I was not able to confirm my participation since I was in the middle of the tour high season down here, so I asked for two days to review my schedule and agenda.
I was very happy to see that I didn’t have clients during those dates so I was ready to confirm my assistance, I gave them a call and 5 minutes later I received an email with the entire program for the conference.
So now to the fun part, the one A.Net likes…
My options to fly from Puerto Montt (PMC) to Buenos Aires are basically only two, Sky Airlines (H2) and LAN Airlines (LA), both changing planes in Santiago (SCL)
I declined the first option immediately due to the bad connection between Puerto Montt and Buenos Aires, while LAN offers more than 10 flights per day from SCL to BUE, plus I will be earning miles and able to use the Gabriela Mistral lounge in SCL airport due to my flight member level, plus LAN was a lot cheaper ($380 v/s $220). So obviously Sky never was an option.
Booking through LAN.com is always easy; I decided to take a morning flight to Santiago with two hours layover for my next tier, arriving to Ezeiza early afternoon leaving time to walk around to my favorite South American capital.
Since my topic will be Saturday afternoon I decided to return Sunday morning back home, but flying back from Aeroparque Airport instead of Ezeiza, saving me time and I want to try the regional service from Aeroparque after long battles between the airlines, the governments, the travelers, workers…etc.
Around January 2010 Aerolineas Argentina (AR) wanted to make a smart move in order to monopolize certain routes with new regional services from Aeroparque Airport, which is a lot closer to downtown and more convenient than Ezeiza Airport, plus getting all the potential incoming travelers from the rest of the country arriving directly to Aeroparque which is always known as an internal flight airport only. Soon after, other airlines asked for the same reciprocal flights so that was when LAN, TAM, GOL, and others started to fly from AEP and created a complete chaos, saturating completely all available slots. Long story short, the aeronautical authorities somehow removed the permission to some operators, especially LAN (the biggest competitor for AR) plus AR being a government airline has all the support, money and the law at their own favor. The issue got almost into a conflict between embassies, and the Chilean government responded that the Argentinean government must respect the reciprocal agreements (equal conditions to all operators). In the end LAN Argentina (4M) was sent back to Ezeiza to operate regional flights since it’s regulated by the Argentinean authorities and LAN Airlines (LA) was allowed to fly in and out from Aeroparque in order to respect the reciprocal programs between the countries. With this step LAN (the entire holding Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, etc) lost all the connection to Sao Paulo, Lima, Santiago, etc from Aeroparque leaving only LAN Airlines (Chile) to operate to Santiago, but with limited number of flights per week in the same order with AR. Sky Airlines never was interested in this deal since they work better in Ezeiza as a feeder for Lufthansa.
Enough of conflicts, in the end travelers are always the ones who pay the price…!

Friday 13 April 2012 - (is a lucky day to fly?)
Scheduled Puerto Montt (PMC) 09:35 – Santiago (SCL) 11:20
Actual PMC 12:30 – Santiago 14:13
LAN 256 – A 320
Seat 6L
I arrived to the airport 40 minutes before the departure time since I have to luggage to check in. I headed to security (in Chile security personal is so nice and you don’t have to take your clothes off or your computer) then I went to the Pacific Club lounge to make time until the boarding call.
Around at 09:15 am, LAN announced our flight has been delay due by the heavy fog, the airport is closed and our plane which is coming from Santiago has been detour to Concepcion (CCP) waiting until reopen the airport. New information will be announced at 11:00 am.
I went to the gate where the announce was made to check about my connection since I only had 2 hours for connection, the agent told me as soon they have information about the departure time from PMC they will fix my connection with the best option available.
Back to the lounge I knew my planned afternoon will stay only in my mind since will be impossible to do what I wanted due my late arrival. Things like this one always can happens and if up to you to decide to feel miserable or just to flow, I decided for the second option!
At 11:00 am LAN staff gave us a detailed status of our flight which is leaving CCP arriving to PMC around 12:00 pm and departing to SCL around 12:30 pm. I checked already my back up flight will be on 767-300 arriving 2 hours later than my original flight but with other international flights in Ezeiza immigration could take longer.
I went to the gate and the agent located me on the new flight LA 445, I asked for a window and the last available was on row 21, not so bad, plus is always nice to flight the LAN 767.
With less than 1 hour in Santiago I knew I will have to run to catch the plane.
Enjoy the pictures!

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100687.jpg

My plane to SCL
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100688.jpg
Legroom shot
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100690.jpg
PMC Airport
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100691.jpg
Climing by Osorno Volcano
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100697.jpg
New snack for internal flights
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100698.jpg
Maybe too sweet but is ok
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100699.jpg
Landing in SCL, I wonder why are 3 AA today?, during low season we only have 1 flight to MIA and 1 to DFW
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100702.jpg

Santiago 13:30 – Ezeiza 15:35
LAN Argentina 4643 – Airbus 320
Seat 5A
Actual
Santiago 15:10 – Ezeiza 17:12
LAN 445 – B 767-300
Seat 21L
Since our plane arrives out of schedule, we have to use buses to go the gate, that took more than 15 minutes reducing my connecting time, I have to go from one end of the terminal to the other end, I decided to use the priority check in/ immigration counter LAN has at the end of the airport, nobody was in the lane happy me  
What I really hate about Santiago airport is after you do immigration (from the main terminal or the priority counter) you enter in the middle of the duty free, is like a zoo or a supermarket, I don’t understand the concept, maybe the airport authorities get a commission by the total sales? I don’t know but to me looks cheesy!
No time to use LAN lounge at all, when I reach gate 11 boarding process just started, so I have time to use the restroom to wash my face, man I was really tired!!!
Flight was completely full, short flight to Buenos Aires, more than usual to do immigration process mainly because people do not fill the forms… hgggg!!!

Running to my gate, I made it!
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100704.jpg
Kinda busy afternoon
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100705.jpg
Boarding to BAS
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100706.jpg
Legroom shot
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100707.jpg
LA 754 to SAO
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100708.jpg
SCL Airport - AF to Paris
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100711.jpg
Crossing the Andes
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100713.jpg
My lunch, honestly a very tasty ham and cheese croissant
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100714.jpg
Love the tail from SAA
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100716.jpg
5L from SRZ and JJ from SAO
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100717.jpg
View from my room Hotel Salles pretty good for a complementary!
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100729.jpg
View
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100736.jpg

Sunday 15 April 2012
Aeroparque 10:45 – Santiago 12:10
LAN 440 - Airbus 320
Seat 7A
Less than 48 hours in Buenos Aires, my presentation was great I met nice people and new business opportunities so back home.
My taxi took only 15 minutes to reach from downtown to Aeroparque (AEP) and less than $10 ride.
I printed my boarding pass and headed to my gate in the international section of the airport. I really like this airport, been so close to the river and surrounded by the parks and buildings made it really homey.
Security and immigration process flawless and time to snap some pictures before boarding the plane.
Cabin crew was only male in this flight, many Asian travelers this morning. Two hours flight to Chile with nice view over the Andes.
Arriving to Santiago easy and fast, no picture from my last leg to Puerto Montt since flight was completely covered by clouds.
Please feel free to post your comments.
Hope you enjoy it!

Chao BAS

LAN counters in AEP
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100745.jpg
AU
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100747.jpg
AR to RIO
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100748.jpg
PU to MVD
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100751.jpg
G3 to SAO
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100762.jpg
Where is the tail?
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100763.jpg
AEP
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100764.jpg
AEP ready to take off
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100767.jpg
BAS
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100772.jpg
AEP
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100778.jpg
BAS downtown
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100779.jpg
Can you see the Obelisco?
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100780.jpghttp://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100783.jpg
EZE from the distance
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100786.jpg
Almost there
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100787.jpg
Over the Andes
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100789.jpg
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100793.jpg
Aconcagua
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100798.jpg
http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100802.jpg
Back to SCL

http://i1059.photobucket.com/albums/t429/felipe_patagon/P1100803.jpg

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePRAirbus From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

AA has (2) flights to MIA several days per week, that's why you saw (3) AA B763s.

User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5995 times:

Quote:
AA has (2) flights to MIA several days per week, that's why you saw (3) AA B763s.

Only LAN offers more than 1 non stop flight per day from MIA to SCL during low season LA 501 and 503 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A least is the schedule during April.


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1238 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

That LAN snack on domestic flights looks awful.

User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

Quote:
That LAN snack on domestic flights looks awful.

Is not so bad, a least they don't charge you any extra


User currently offlinecapicua From Venezuela, joined Apr 2011, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Hi Patagon

great shots of Volcán Osorno, downtown Buenos Aires and the Andes crossing with Mt. Aconcagua! Never got to see it so clearly.

Quoting Patagon (Thread starter):
My plane to SCL

It appears that the heavy fog cleared up quite well, albeit only after causing the delay. Do I spot salmon being loaded there?

Quoting Patagon (Thread starter):
New snack for internal flights

Yes, the linseed cookies are new...

Saludos
C.


User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4801 times:

Hi C. Thanks for your comments, I'm glad you like the pictures;

Quote:
Do I spot salmon being loaded there?

Yes you do! The salmon industry is getting back to normal, is one of the biggest exports from PMC right now.


User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4390 times:

The last picture is back in Santiago, only 1 hour to connect to my flight back to PMC.
Happy to hear your comments!


User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Hi Patagon,

very nice to see your report about your LAN flights in deep South America. Their on-board service looks okay for flights that length.

Thanks a lot for the stunning pictures you have there, especially of the Andes and their volcanoes.

Quoting Patagon (Thread starter):
5L from SRZ and JJ from SAO

Very nice couple and good to see 5L still flying. Although as of yesterday they seem to be in big trouble again having stopped sales on their international flights. They won't be around much longer I fear. (I believe it is VVI though, not SRZ   )



Generally good to see some more reports about S/A in this forum in the last months. Keep them coming, guys!


User currently offlinePatagon From Chile, joined Aug 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

Hi Volvair,
Thanks for your comments and I'm so happy you like my trip report.
In three weeks I have a trip to LAX with LAN and some internal flights with AA so I will make a new report about that too. Seems more Anets enjoy better the business class trip reports, but I can't afford it yet, maybe in the future  
Quoting volvair (Reply 8):
Very nice couple and good to see 5L still flying. Although as of yesterday they seem to be in big trouble again having stopped sales on their international flights. They won't be around much longer I fear. (I believe it is VVI though, not SRZ   )

Sorry about the SRZ, I don't know how to fix it, you are right is VVI, thanks for letting me know.
The last news I got this morning from Aerosur is there are ceasing a least half of the international routes (Lima, Asuncion, Madrir and Miami).
I feel bad about them since seems they were making a good effort to start this venture and I remember when I saw the Torisimo plane in MIA last year, anyhow hope there are not many passangers affected.
Felipe


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