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Part II Peru Trip - LIM-CUZ With StarPeru Y Cabin  
User currently offlinemvecchi4 From Venezuela, joined Apr 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8838 times:

This is Part II of a previous report contemplating the CCS-LIM Segment. You can find that report here.

Part I Peru Trip - CCS-LIM With LA Y Cabin (by mvecchi4 Sep 8 2012 in Trip Reports)

The LIM-CUZ segment

Howdy there again A.netters. Welcome back!

After three wonderful days in Lima, it was time to head over to Machu Picchu and get to Cusco.

Here’s the route.



As I indicated before this section was flown with StarPeru. While writing this report I made a search for Star Peru and nothing came up. A couple of weeks later I noticed someone else posting the same segment. So this a complement to that report.

There was a situation regarding my reservation and how StarPerú handled it.

I bought my tickets online very easily in May and I got an update on the schedule in June (the flight was being pulled ahead), but then, while I was in peru (with limited access to email) they sent a third change in the scheduled which we didn’t know at the time.

We were notified of this while we were checking in at 5.20am.

My girlfriend was furious. The flight was sent back to its original schedule and we could have one more hour of sleep? (Don’t mess with her sleep!!!). I was uncomfortable with the situation, but she took it personal and was very angry. I'm guess that whomever notices flight changes while checking in would feel the discomfort.

If it were a delay I guess I wouldn’t mind, but this last minute change was not too pleasant.

Anyways back to the Trip Report.

We arrived to the airport close to 2.5 hours before the flight (4.30am) and this is how the airport looks:


Long lines to get to terminal.


More traffic (At 4am)


Unloading our ride.


View of the airport at night.


Here’s a panoramic view of the terminal building.


Nearly empty StarPerú Counter.

I didn’t do the OLCI since I was having such a good time that I totally forgot about it. Pherhaps If had done it the night before I would’ve realized the time was changed.


StarPerú entrance.


Another view.


Counter.


Checking us in.

I have to admit that StarPeru’s uniforms were absolutely stunning. I give them credit for the design.


While we were being checked in the big line started to form behind us.


Boarding pass. KIU System like I said in my previous report.


Never heard of this airline. The counter was closed though.


CM counters.


More CM.


This is the luggage tag. Plus a waiver I had to sign since my suitcase is damaged in one side (Thanks HKG airport!).


AA was hectic.


Check in counters for LC Perú.


More LC Perú


AM counters.


P9 (Peruvian) counters.
“As Peruvian as you” reads the Spanish tagline.


TA ‘s presence is clear in this airport. Pretty sure the second largest. It was empty though.


TueStar in the house!

Then we go on to the othe side of the counters to find LA ‘s site.
You can clearly see LANs superiority in LIM. It is truly the dominant carrier in this airport.


Self service check in.


Check in machine.


LA


Apparently LIM runs on Dunkin too…


Ticket sales counters I think, or is it luggage service?


Nice quote from Fernando Belaunde, a former Peruvian President.

It reads “When the alps shrunk under peruvian wings, first overcoming the mountain tops, the heirs of the glory of Jorge Chávez accepted the daunting and wonderful challenge of the Andes. This airport is the nest of those Condors. Its gates open wide to its visitors like open wings.”

The airport was dedicated and named after Jorge Chavez, a peruvian aviation pioneer.


Pardos Chicken. Delicious Peruvian food.


McDonalds.

The food court is Ok, though there are not so many choices. You can still get a decent meal though. Also, given the time (6am) I was happy to see all the stores and the food court open.


Papa John’s “Coming soon” to LIM


Domestic movements at LIM


International

After our quick breakfast we went through security and it was a breeze. In less than 5 minutes we were airside.

Here’s a look of the terminal at this hour. This is around 6.45am


Hallways






Delayed LA flight to CUZ. I was pretty glad I wasn’t flying LA at this point.


LA and 2I side by side.


This is the plane going to CUZ. I’m not sure what the delay is at this point.


To get to our gate, we had to go down these stairs.


Panoramic view of the bus gates. This is around 7am (it gets crowded later)


Carry on luggage tester.


Our gate.


At this point I heard a PA announcing that the delayed CUZ flight (which was in the floor above) was to move to a gate in the lower floor. So it starts getting crowded.


“Peru” branding on a Peruvian Airlines bird. I think its great that authentic Peruvian airlines are embracing the “Peru” brand and incorporating it into their planes. I’m guessing they’re traying to differentiate themselves to foreign branded carriers (who actually dominate the Peruvian market like TA and LA.


LA’s delayed CUZ flight following m e.

That particular flight was overbooked and they began looking for passengers to give up seats throught their Voluntary Denied Boarding process. After they announced it they persuaded a group of young footballers (my guess because of their unform) and I think the whole team gave up their seats.

Once again I was happy not to be flying LA.


LA Carry on luggage tester.


Delayed unhappy LA passengers.


I’m guessing “Regul Call” means boarding. But there were no ground agents for LP Peru to be seen anywhere in the lower floor.


Panoramic view of the lower floor at 8am (crowded)


My ride to the plane.


Boarding commencing.


The bus!


LC Peru Q200 right?.


LA’s superiority at LIM in full swing.


Another look at LA.


More LC Peru


And here’s my ride to CUZ. I can see a Peruvian B737 beside it.


BAe 146 from Star Perú.


Another view of the bird.


Once more. Just for those BAe lovers around here.


People boarding.


Nice angle.


Anybody know what this is?


Peruvian B737


Again, the “Peru” branding.


Ramp crew hard at work.


Entering the aircraft.

Date: August 9th 2012
Carrier: Star Peru
Flight Number: 2I1113
Departure City: Lima (Callao) – Perú (LIM)
Arrival City: Cusco – Perú (CUZ)
Aircraft Type: BAe 146
Registration:
Scheduled Departure Time: 845
Actual Departure Time:
Scheduled Arrival Time: 945
Actual Arrival Time:
Flight Duration: 1:00
Seat Number: 8B
Configuration: 3-3



People getting in the aircraft. It was pretty well maintained.


The seats.


As I try to put my backpack in the overhead bin I notice that the bin above my seat if smaller than the rest (actually those for rows 7 to 9. Apparently that’s where the wings meet, so the bins are smaller and almost nothing fits there. So I had to go to the back of the plane to put my backpack in the bin – I’m a big man and there was no way I was going to put it under the seat in front of me.


The seats.


Legroom shot.


Safety card.


Aircraft view.


Star Peru’s travel company Star Travel was making heavy promotion of their packages and destinations.


Aisle view.

A few moments later captain Samuel Perez introduced himself and his crew, the chief attendant started the safety demo and we taxied to the runway.

After a powerful takeoff (2 engines on such a small plane), we were airborne and just 10 minutes in the air the meal service started.


A look at the meal. I know most of you don’t like boxed meals, but this was nice.

And the most important part? That yellow soft drink is Inca Cola, the leading soft drink in Peru and an absolute delight (For other Venezuelans here: I thought it was “Colita” but yellow instead of red) I loved it.


I found those red handles interesting. Easing up the pouring process.


Contents of the box.


Side of the box. Here’s their FF program and a QR Code for scanning.

Oh, and you can see the “Peru” branding once again.


The andes.


Oh, and there was a Vulcan on the plane.

So then Captain Perez announced that we had started our descent into CUZ.

This was one of the smoothest landing I’ve ever experienced on an aircraft. We could bearely feel the touchdown. Captain Perez was a master in this BAe.


I think the sound of the overhead bin opening was the hardest sound we heard while touching down. This bin popped open while taking off and while landing.


In this case, it was not HSBC the one greeting us at the destination, it was BCP (Bando de Credito del Peru). Note that Star uses Jetways in CUZ, but buses in LIM.


A look at the plane from inside the terminal.


I’m pretty sure this was the LA flight that was delayed before which took off moments before we did at LIM.


Baggage claim area.


Arrival area at CUZ.


The pills for high altitude sickness. Note that CUZ is at 3400kms above SL (over 11000 feet I think?).


Just outside the airport.

Conclusion

All in all the experience with Star Perú was good. I have to admit the BAe 146 was a new experience for me but I can understand the evolution the aircraft market had to the current models in production. The issue with the wings and the smaller overhead bin was , for me, unacceptable.
I can only guess that having 4 engines on a small plane also affects the efficiency in fuel consumption, so that’s a downside.
The staff, ground agents and crew were very kind and attentive, they have an A+. And the pilot gets an A++ for the perfect landing.
On a last note, the uniforms at StarPeru are wonderful.

Oh, I tweeted that we were not happy with the exchedule changes they sent by email while we were in Peru and the airline staff responded asking for more information. Although I provided my booking code and explained I never received further responde (I understand they couldn’t actually do anything at this point) but I guess I would’ve like to hear from them further.

[b][Return trip highlights(b]
CUZ


TA bird in the old livery. How long has TA taking to replace all its planes? Did they stop the change when they merged with AV? Is this an indication of a change to AV livery? (I’ve seen the discussion threads on possible brand mergers between AV and TA but this is a heads up).


Nice Peruvian Airlines livery.



Peruvian and TACA


Strange to see how the shades open in the middle (don’t mind the sleeping passenger)


Entrance to the Domestic Baggage Claim area.


Baggage claim area.


I mentioned to the check in agent that I had an international connection (With LA) and they were kind enough to send the luggage with a “Priority” tag. This was a very nice touch.


Another tag.


I had my OLCI with LA and I still had to get in this huge line for bag drop. I understand that a IB A346 arrived late and passengers were mad!.


Panoramic view.


Our seats on the flight back.


Once again, LA domination of LIM.


This was a rare sight in LIM. Does anybody know why these V0 B737 were here? V0 does not fly to LIM.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you liked this “series” of this TR.

Comments are always appreciated.

I have another report in the pipeline with AV with the route VLN-BOG-PTY (my first report from VLN), and also the following will be happening in the future.

CCS-ATL-MCO on Delta (DL) - late September
CCS-PTY on SBA Airlines (S3) - December
CCS-PTY-PUJ on Copa Airlines (CM) - December

Best regards,

Miguel.

5 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8026 times:

another great report!

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
My girlfriend was furious. The flight was sent back to its original schedule and we could have one more hour of sleep? (Don’t mess with her sleep!!!). I was uncomfortable with the situation, but she took it personal and was very angry. I'm guess that whomever notices flight changes while checking in would feel the discomfort.

thats why you should better keep your girlfriend at home and travel with dudes  
Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
We arrived to the airport close to 2.5 hours before the flight (4.30am) and this is how the airport looks:

in the early morning hours its really a mess!

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
Check in counters for LC Perú.

I am wondering how they are doing since they rebranded to LC Peru from LC Busre, and specially since they have code shares with LP

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
Apparently LIM runs on Dunkin too…

their are two, to be exactly.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):

Ticket sales counters I think, or is it luggage service?

I passed their like 250 times, I am still wondering for what these counters are, specially the TAM

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
The food court is Ok, though there are not so many choices. You can still get a decent meal though. Also, given the time (6am) I was happy to see all the stores and the food court open.

well have to say one of the better food courts @ Southamerican Airports! quite good choices

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
Papa John’s “Coming soon” to LIM

looks like they are remodeling that one, as a Papa Johns is existing since many years @ LIM Airport... I love Papa Johns - and had plenty of it during my time in Peru - much cheaper than here in Venezuela!

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
Here’s a look of the terminal at this hour. This is around 6.45am

quite strange, normally at that hour its packed.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
LA’s superiority at LIM in full swing.

really awsome what LA but also TA did the last years in Lima!

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
Again, the “Peru” branding.

great branding!

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
And the most important part? That yellow soft drink is Inca Cola, the leading soft drink in Peru and an absolute delight (For other Venezuelans here: I thought it was “Colita” but yellow instead of red) I loved it.

well - not exactly - Colita is much more sweet, also Inca Cola is already very sweet, - but I really like Inca Cola but I hate Colita, also interesting that so far most non Latinos that I have meet in Peru / Venezuela / Colombia hate the Bubble Gums sodas we have in the countries.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
This was one of the smoothest landing I’ve ever experienced on an aircraft. We could bearely feel the touchdown. Captain Perez was a master in this BAe.

CUZ approach is amazing, so far my most favourite all time - even better than UIO for example, in 4 weeks I will go to TGU only in order to feel the approach - I am wondering what is better CUZ or TGU

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
Arrival area at CUZ.

quite amazing how bussy this small airport is.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
All in all the experience with Star Perú was good. I have to admit the BAe 146 was a new experience for me but I can understand the evolution the aircraft market had to the current models in production. The issue with the wings and the smaller overhead bin was , for me, unacceptable.

even I made many many flights during my stay in Peru - never had the chance to take another airlline for domestic flights than TA and LA, I am really wondering how the other national carriers are.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
I had my OLCI with LA and I still had to get in this huge line for bag drop. I understand that a IB A346 arrived late and passengers were mad!.

its really a mess the Check-In area of LA in LIM its just to small to handle so many flights.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
This was a rare sight in LIM. Does anybody know why these V0 B737 were here? V0 does not fly to LIM.

most probably maintanance, in LIM is a very good maintance company specialized on old aircrafts, like DC-8, B.707 and of course old B.737-200 as V0 is using....

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
I have another report in the pipeline with AV with the route VLN-BOG-PTY (my first report from VLN), and also the following will be happening in the future.

CCS-ATL-MCO on Delta (DL) - late September
CCS-PTY on SBA Airlines (S3) - December
CCS-PTY-PUJ on Copa Airlines (CM) - December

I am looking forward - specially to the ex VLN report.

just a question - why are you for example for the MCO flight not using better AV or CM ex VLN - and for the PIJ and PTY flights CM... or was it a matter of fares?

Cheers and thanks again for the great report!
Saludos
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlinemvecchi4 From Venezuela, joined Apr 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7851 times:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
another great report!

Thank you!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
thats why you should better keep your girlfriend at home and travel with dudes

Jajajaja good idea!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
really awsome what LA but also TA did the last years in Lima!

Would like to see peruvian carriers blossom too. StarPeru did a great job.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
well - not exactly - Colita is much more sweet, also Inca Cola is already very sweet, - but I really like Inca Cola but I hate Colita, also interesting that so far most non Latinos that I have meet in Peru / Venezuela / Colombia hate the Bubble Gums sodas we have in the countries.

Colita is what came to mind when I tasted it, but you're right.

I noticed that about non-latinos. Guess its more of a local taste.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
never had the chance to take another airlline for domestic flights than TA and LA

Like I said, I was happy not to be using LA in the domestic flights, they seem to have a lot of delays. And so many flights means check in jams.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
just a question - why are you for example for the MCO flight not using better AV or CM ex VLN - and for the PIJ and PTY flights CM... or was it a matter of fares?

The MCO Flight

That's a good question. I usually buy the ticket for my yearly MCO flight (I go every Columbus day to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival + Halloween Horror Nights @ Universal Orlando) either in late December or early January. Since I knew I was going to china and would only get 21k miles in FlyingBlue I would need those miles to get Elite on Skyteam. After my failed attempt last year with oneworld I had to take the opportunity this time.

In addition, I've never flown DL before and I'm going to try their "EconomyComfort" (Which I guess is like a Y+) product.

Last but not least, I've never been to ATL, so its kind of nice to experience a new airport. Also, MCO and MIA are hideous ports of entry for Venezuelans... I will try to avoid MIA any chance I get. I might use UA next year I think, but then again my MCO for next year depends if I join that "Project" of yours  

The PTY flight

It was a matter of fares. I'm travelling with my family and theres 5 of us.   

For PUJ I'm using CM   and I will actually be getting on the ERJ which they were using in VLN a couple of years ago.

Thanks for commenting!.

Regards,

Miguel.


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6913 times:

Hi Miguel !
this is realy my first thought ...I never understand people on this forum ... some "eu - allways the same" ( but some great too ) trip reports have 20 - 30 reply - comments and some great and very rare trip reports are completely ignored ... ok ok we are so called free ... do not be discouraged ... you put wonderful report on a.net and thanks for your time and effort ...stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6674 times:

Wow. Thanks a lot for this report. I just flew Star Peru and was going to write a report on them ... but that will go back in the queue because your report was so much better! It seems you had good service.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
thats why you should better keep your girlfriend at home and travel with dudes  

= And, Avianca is right on this one  .

Thanks Miguel.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinemvecchi4 From Venezuela, joined Apr 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6165 times:

Hey all,

Just got back from MCO. I'll be posting my DL experience sometime soon.

Quoting stipica (Reply 3):
I never understand people on this forum ... some "eu - allways the same" ( but some great too ) trip reports have 20 - 30 reply - comments and some great and very rare trip reports are completely ignored ...

This has crossed my mind a couple of times. But I still do it for the fun of it. I might not be as detailed in the future, but...

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
Thanks a lot for this report. I just flew Star Peru and was going to write a report on them ... but that will go back in the queue because your report was so much better! It seems you had good service.

Thanks. Would like to knoe the WOI on Star though...  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
And, Avianca is right on this one

I know. Just turned down a proposal from him for a excellent trip on a 787. But my schedule is just not open. Hopefully in the future we'll do some mileage run!.

Regards,

Miguel.


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