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A Different Type Of Trip Report: Buenos Aires  
User currently offlineLatinPlane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

For my recent visit to Buenos Aires, I decided to write a trip report not based on my personal flight experience between LAX and EZE, but on portraying the charm of Buenos Aires to the specific a.net enthusiast’s taste. However, for your information, let me briefly relate to you how I got to Buenos Aires.

I decided that LAN was my best option to get to EZE from LAX. LAN currently has a daily flight from LAX that terminates in EZE, LAN Flight 601: LAX-LIM-SCL-EZE. To cope with the high demand, LAN has recently added a second flight from LAX to LIM, which departs LAX only one hour after the first flight although this is not daily event. The second flight is actually a LAN Peru flight, which is operated with Peruvian pilots and cabin crew.

LAN is a great example of a private company who has always recognized opportunities outside of its own borders particularly because Chile is a country of only 15 million people and its national market is small and needs to expand for opportunities elsewhere. This flight was carrying a mixture of people. Lots of American and Asian tourists headed towards Machu Picchu as well as the rest of South America. Of course we also had on board the regular Peruvian, Argentine, and Chilean community from the west coast flying home with a total load factor of 100% full.

LAN has also turned LIM into a secondary hub in South America. LIM has finished its first face of extensive renovation and today’s Jorge Chavez International Terminal is by far one of the nicest terminals in South America. Although my LAN flight continued to EZE, LAN now offers the ability to connect in LIM directly to EZE on a LAN Peru flight. This is a wonderful and intelligent idea as it allows the traveler from the West Coast, or Asia to shave about five hours of total travel time by not having to go all the way to SCL. This remodeled terminal is very efficient and easy to use. Total transit time between my flights was a mere 55 minutes before the flight to EZE was taxiing to the runway. While LAN’s Chilean cabin crew is professional and friendly, I must state that LAN Peru’s cabin crew is much better at providing customer service. The Peruvian cabin crew, which wears the exact same LAN standard uniform is differentiated by a black scarf (Chilean crews wear a red scarf). Although this was a red-eye flight, the Peruvian crew on the LIM-EZE leg kept smiling, providing a warm, friendly and efficient service and truly giving you that nice Peruvian hospitality. LAN’s Peruvian employees are an true asset to the company.

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I arrived to Buenos Aires on this LAN Peru aircraft. (Note the Peruvian flag denoting that it’s a Lan Peru aircraft.)


Now, let’s get to our Buenos Aires adventure. My project for this trip report involved walking around Buenos Aires and taking pictures of all the airline sales offices I could find. This was a very fun project for me because it gave me a reason to get out there on my own and really see first hand the many particularities of the city. I really enjoyed this project, but the only ones complaining are my feet, which are now recuperating from all the walking I did while in Argentina.


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Let me start by introducing the most important Avenue of Buenos Aires, appropriately named 9 de Julio, or 9th of July. The day Argentina declared its independence from Spanish control. The Obelisk is the most recognizable landmark of Buenos Aires. Standing at 221 feet, it was built in 1936 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city, originally named Ciudad de la Santisima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora de Buen Ayre.

On this street, or the smaller street directly adjacent and named Carlos Pelligrini is where you’ll find most of the airline’s sales offices.

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LAB – Lloyd Aereo Boliviano

LAB has a nice office on the Carlos Pelligrini. LAB is currently in financial trouble and facing a situation of life or death. I truly hope that newly elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales nationalizes the airline and saves something that is truly an asset to Bolivia’s economy.

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LAN - LAN ARGENTINA

This is LAN’s main sales office in Buenos Aires, located on 9 de Julio, which is easily recognizable by the large LAN 767 billboard on top of the building. As you may know, LAN’s Argentine subsidiary (for legal/business purpose) is LAN ARGENTINA. The airline was created last year when it agreed to take over the ex-employees of DINAR and AIRG/LAPA, who had been turned into federal employees by the government with the creation of LAFSA - Lineas Aereas Federales. LAFSA never actually operated its own aircraft, but sub-contracted with Southern Winds.

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With this billboard, LAN advertises that its network stretches throughout all of South America, The Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, The U.S., Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), and Polynesia.

Note: Notice how they forget to state they also fly to the Port Stanley…

LAN’s slogan – El encanto de volar. Translation: LAN – The enchantment of flying.

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Here’s the picture of the LAN’s office from the other side of the street. An interesting anecdote about this picture is that while I was looking for a nice angle to shoot, I started hearing many sirens coming fast from the opposite direction of Avenida 9 de Julio. As the caravan of police cars started to get close by, I noticed that many of them were carrying Chilean flags. It turns out that newly elected first-female President of Chile; Michelle Bachelet, was riding on this motorcade as she was on her first state visit abroad. Naturally, it was Argentina since the Chileans and Argentines get along so well. Big grin

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Here’s a close up of the LAN A340 model that adorns the corner of this office, by the main entrance. I have high regards for the office manager of a sales office that still believes that it is important to have a large-scale model of an aircraft adorning his office. Remember the good old days when you were a little kid and walked passed your nearest airline ticket office, or travel agent, and how you wished that your room had an airplane model of that size?

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TAM Billboard - I LOVE NEW YORK

TAM billboard promoting its new destination to the Big Apple, which starts this May. TAM did a great a job when its marketing dept. chose this sign. What better way to promote New York City than with the classic I love New York theme.


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TAM Linhas Aereas

The office was open for business. A great side view of the office, but you need to look inside the glass windows to really get a good glimpse of treasure it holds inside.

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Front shot of the office. I came back when the office was closed.

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Is this a beautiful sight or what? Big thumps up for TAM! The airline has two first class seats along with china and silverware for passers by to see. TAM also has a small A320 model towards the back that you can just barely make out. This is why I had to come back during a time that the office is closed to the public. You know you want some of that junk in your house, don’t you! Big grin

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Continental Airlines billboard

Continental Airlines and Copa Airlines share a very small office that is situated on one of the large hotels on Carlos Pelligrini. I couldn’t take a picture of the office because the security guard was very vigilant and I didn’t want to look suspicious. Nevertheless, here’s a billboard promoting Continental’s new service to Houston.

Es Mucho Mejor Cambiar De Aerolinea, Que Cambiar De Avion. Nuevo Servicio Nonstop A Houston

Translation: It Is Much Easier/Better To Change Airline Than to Change Airplane. New Nonstop Service to Houston.

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IBERIA – Lineas Aereas de España.

Iberia’s famous IB logo with Spanish royal crown.

The Spanish crown overlooking Avenida 9 de Julio. Ironic?

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AVIANCA – Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Colombia’s flag carrier.

Surprise, surprise! Avianca’s new logo. Avianca’s sales offices are also located on one of the top floors.


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IBERIA – Ticket office.

Although both airlines share this building, only IB has a sales office on the first floor. You can see the many people waiting for their turn to be helped and the nice model of an Iberia 747-200 from 70s.


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TACA CENTER – Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano.

The sales office of the TACA Group.

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LACSA A320 model

This is another airline that scores high on my list for having a model in the airline’s colors in front of the door. LACSA has been flying to EZE from San Jose for many years, and perhaps the reason why they chose to have a LACSA A320 instead of TACA’s titles. Today, the airline from the smallest country in Latin America flies all the way to EZE via its Peruvian subsidiary TACA Peru from LIM. Interesting that two of Latin America’s most achieving airlines come from countries that are small or have a small population base…

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Air Madrid’s Billboard

Air Madrid has a sales office that is not located on the first floor, but I did get this shot of their billboard placed on 9 de Julio. Air Madrid – Vuelve A Volar Con Poco… Air Madrid – Fly Again With Little (Meaning, that you don’t need to spend much to fly with them).

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VARIG BRASIL

With this picture we leave Avenida 9 de Julio and we look for airline ticket offices elsewhere around downtown. Some airline offices I found by mere luck as I was sightseeing through downtown, other’s I found by searching for the information. I must say that I found more offices by just stumbling upon them than by actually looking up their address. In fact, most of the one’s that I did manage to look up, I later found that they were located on a high floor of a building. Sorry, I wasn’t going up there to take pictures of those offices. Besides, what was I going to say? ‘Uh, hi! I’m taking pictures for my trip report. Have you ever heard of airliners.net? Do you think I can take a picture of your office?’ Perhaps, if I was getting paid I would go through the embarrassment of looking like a weirdo (I know most of you a.net members are strange, but I like to pretend I’m normal Big grin).

Part 2 to be continued ASAP: Please Note. Do not reply until entire report is finished.

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User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

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ALITALIA - Address: Corner of Santa Fe and Suipacha

This is Alitalia’s ticket office, which coincidentally is located right next to Skyteam partner Delta Air Lines, which in turn is located next to archrival OneWorld partner American Airlines. Malaysia Airlines also has its offices in this building, but this one is located on the 21th floor, I believe.

Argentina is an important destination for Alitalia because the great majority of Buenos Aires’ residents are of Italian descent. Therefore, the airline heavily relies on the ethnic/friends-and-family market, as well as close business ties since Italy is one of Argentina’s largest investors, and Italian tourism to Argentina.

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Delta Air Lines

Delta’s office promotes Atlanta as its gateway to the world.

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American Airlines

Meanwhile, American Airlines right next door promotes Miami, New York, and Dallas as its gateways to the world.


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Swiss International Airlines

As I was walking down the same Avenue of Santa Fe, I bumped into this sign. Very nice! This is the Swissair Tower. Swiss International has its offices located on a different floor, leaving Christian Dior to pay for the high rental space of the office on the first floor. Can’t blame them for a good business decision.

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AeroSur – Bolivia’s other airline.

Just opposite of the Swissair Tower, AeroSur has its own sales office on the second floor of this building. AeroSur flies its 727-200s to La Paz, competing with LAB and Aerolineas Argentinas to Santa Cruz, Viru Viru, Bolivia.

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Southern Winds Airlines

Until about six months ago, Southern Winds was probably the second most important airline in Argentina. The airline started as a regional carrier and expanded its fleet to include 737-200s for domestic services. It then wet-leased a 767-300 for services to Madrid and Miami. The airline made it big when it leased one 747-200 to compete head-to-head with Aerolineas Argentinas on the Madrid run. The company was affected severely by the Tango economic crisis of 2001/2002. However, the airline’s eminent shut down was brought about when it was discovered that the airline’s Madrid run was used by the company’s head officers to transport drug shipments into Spanish territory. The airline still exist on paper, but is no longer operates flights and the owners are trying to find investors who can purchase its flight certificate.

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Southern Winds 767 Model

The airline’s beautiful 767-300 model that still adorns the windows of the ticket office.

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As I turned around a corner I note another airline sign. Is this a travel agency?


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Mexicana de Aviación

No, it’s Mexicana’s sales office for Argentina on the second floor. The office is located in a part of downtown that is not the nicest. I really have to state that if you are going to have both the flags of Mexico and Argentina, please replace them accordingly for it is a shame that the flags of the two largest Spanish speaking nations be so filthy from car exhaust fumes. Coincidentally, I read that Mexicana was not too happy with the way its representative was handling things for them…(see next picture)

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Mexicana’s new sales offices located on the corner of Cordova and 9 de Julio.

Mexicana decided that it was time for it to handle its own operations in Argentina; therefore, it is now leasing its own office in the premier avenue of Buenos Aires and will be staffed with its own employees. As you can see, they are now installing the furniture. Mexicana, please add a nice model of your 767 to the office in new colors. Or should you wait for the A340 instead?


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LADE – Lineas Aereas del Estado Headquarters.

LADE, is the military commercial arm of Argentina’s Air Force. Its main purpose is to fly to destinations within the country that are not able to sustain regular scheduled passenger service. In the U.S., the government subsidizes private airlines to fly to destinations that are not economically viable in order to keep the local population connected to the rest of the country, in Argentina, the government does the job itself with LADE. The airline flies F-27s, F-28s, and the last commercial 707 in South America (when not used by the gov.). LADE’s headquarters is located in the neighborhood of San Telmo, really far from the where rest of the airline offices are located. I only stumbled onto this beauty because fellow a. netter, ThaiboyinMexico’s apartment (or should I say penthouse) is located about two blocks away.

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LADE – Close up of the Billboard showing the destinations flown within the country.

Rough translation: Integrating the country through the Patagonia.

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LADE main entrance and 1970s Ford Truck.

This must be one of my favorite pictures. It’s almost like a time warp of an airline office from the 1970s!

Note: Don't reply yet!


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

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UNITED AIRLINES

United’s office located on Avenida Alem.

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PLUNA – URUGUAY’s National Airline.

Pluna’s ticket office is located calle Florida and Peru. Across from one of several Aerolineas Argentina’s ticket offices.

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PLUNA’s DC-10-30 Model.

This one is also one of my favorite pictures. PLUNA maintains this old model of the DC-10 it operated on its European services in the mid-90s.

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PLUNA’s 737-200 Model.

On the other side of the corner, PLUNA also has a 737 model, which is the typical aircraft that it normally flies into Aeroparque from Montevideo. PLUNA flies several flights a day between Aeroparque Jorge Newberry (Buenos Aires’ city airport) to Montevideo with seasonal service to Punta del Este. On any given flight PLUNA may adapt the aircraft used on this route depending on the demand from a ATR, to a 737, or 757. By the way, although Aeroparque is only for domestic flights, the rule exempts Uruguayan service because there is a really old clause for Uruguayan airlines and/or destinations that exempts them from having to use Ezeiza – Ministro Pistarini, which all other international airlines are obliged to fly to. I bet LAN would really love to fly to AEP from SCL! No way Jose! Chile does not fall under the treaty.  Big grin

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AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS - Corner of Florida and Peru


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AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS 747-200 MODEL adorns the windows.

This is a 747-200 model that the airline acquired in the 1970s. The model has been professionally adapted to its most recent color scheme. The detail colors depicting the interior of 747 show the orange and yellow seats that the airline used to decorate its cabins in the 70s.

This office also had a model of Aerolineas Argentinas' Executive Jet 737. They also have their first class seats from Clase Condor. I couldn't get pictures of those two items because I had no business inside the office.

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AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS Advertisements on the windows.

Aerolineas Argentinas – Always Up There. Antartica
25 years after we inaugurated it, we are still first on the transpolar route.

Aerolineas Argentinas – Always Up There. Mexico
Fly to Mexico with all the comfort of Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolineas Argentinas – Always Up There. Rome
Fly to Rome with the best service and attention and nonstop service.

I thank you for your time. Hope you enjoyed it and see you around.



 Smile LatinPlane

This trip report is dedicated to the following people:

ThayboyinMexico: Because you are a great writer who will be very famous one day. Thanks for spending some time with me in Argentina and thanks for organizing that little A.net meeting in your penthouse! Oh, shouldn’t you be renamed: ThayboyinArgentina? Or do you just feel more Mexican than a Jalapeño now?

AFPetroClub Thanks for inviting me to visit Argentina! I enjoyed the endless conversations with you and they truly inspired me and know for a fact that I will use your advice in my career development. Thanks for putting up with me and for letting me use your camera for which you see the results! Tell me everything about Port-Au-Prince...

MD11Junkie U are awesome! I gave me the courage to walk though all the streets of Buenos Aires because you took the time to show me how to use el Subte (subway) and el colectivo (the Bus system). I was so familiar with the subway and bus system that even the Chilean tourist were asking me for directions. I was like, ‘just take the 152 all the way to La Boca.’ Thanks for showing me Aeroparque! You don’t know how much I truly appreciated getting to know that nice little airport.

Marambio Dude, you know it all! Every question I threw at you, you answered. I usually wear people off asking so many questions, but this time I was worn out because you knew every question in the book. How was Entre Rios? Stay in touch!

But most importantly, I’d like to thank the People of Argentina. Because I’ve never felt so welcomed in any other country I’ve visited before. Argentina, eres bella y te quiero!


VISIT ARGENTINA 2006


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Really Interesting and weird trip report. It's cool to see how airlines are being represented in foreign countries.

The MX office is a complete shame... i'm glad they're changing it!


Very interesting, Good Job!

Alonsou



KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
User currently offlineSfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Good report !! A different view, with all the tix offices, which you hardly see at all in the USA (at least not US airline offices). UA is looking pretty good...at least the building is.


Not as easy as originally perceived
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 735 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting LatinPlane (Thread starter):
Now, let’s get to our Buenos Aires adventure. My project for this trip report involved walking around Buenos Aires and taking pictures of all the airline sales offices I could find.

Interesting approach!  bigthumbsup  But you get to see the real city, not just the tourist places.

Quoting LatinPlane (Thread starter):
I came back when the office was closed.

Ah, come on! *chicken* You should have walked right in there and told them to take a picture of you in the seat.  silly 

A very different report but very enjoyable.  wink  Sounds like the Argentinian a.net crowd (Marambio, MD11Junkie, ThayboyinMexico) is fun. Hmm ... consider this a threat in case I decide to visit. I want the full VIP service.  silly 


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very interesting report. I always enjoy visiting all of the city ticket offices for major airlines in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. I was in Frankfurt last November and visited more than 50 city ticket offices in a single day! Needless to say my bag was very heavy from all the timetables, magazines and brochures I picked up along the way!  Smile

I really want to visit Buenos Aires... this report makes me want to go even more! Hopefully soon... the airfares are still pretty high from the US, but I understand prices are very cheap once you actually get to Argentina.

Here in the US almost all of the CTOs have closed, except in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and a scattered few in San Francisco. They're such an interesting way to learn about an airline and view their marketing in a different way. Good to see Buenos Aires still has plenty of them to visit!


User currently offlineTurk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow Latinplane! What an interesting twist to a trip report... as a kid, I used to love going into ticket offices and asking for old OAGs. I too dreamed of having one of those models in my room...

Back home in Barbados (in the 80s) we had ticket offices for AC, BW, LI, BA, AA, and IQ (Caribbean Airways). I used to be such a pain in the butt to those poor employees - bugging them nearly every week.

I remember when AC got the 767 and had a huge model in their office. So cool with the cut-away showing the interior. BW used to have a DC-9 model like it too... I also remember when BA changed to the Speedwing livery in '84 and the new 747 model they had in the office...

Gosh, what memories you brought back! And, I dream of visiting Buenos Aires...

TAM's office looked incredible - good marketing ploy with the seats set-up.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report Apollo ! Am I allowed to reply yet?  Silly Good idea to focus on something else, as the meals and seating arrangements of LAN are already well documented on the net. Hunting the airline offices give a nice impression of BsAs as well, I was there in 2002 and hope to go back there someday.
I still remember gratefully how you toured me to the old offices of Pan Am and TWA in Los Angeles a few years ago, great special interest. In Amsterdam, you could see the old signs of the Libyan Arab and Iraqi offices for years after they closed their doors. Reminded me when I saw the Southern Winds office.
In Mexico DF you can still find traces of TAESA and Allegro if you keep your eyes open.
Did you go anywhere else in Argentina? Took domestic flights?
Hope all is well and keep in touch,
Servaas



nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineCuprita From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report...i travel to Buenos Aires the April 24 in the IB A346....I loved this country.
Of Course i will make spotting in Aeroparque too, in the parking.



PANASONIC DMZ-FZ5
User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

This report was spectacular! What a great way to explore Buenos Aires, and what an unusual idea for a report. Very high marks for originality! bigthumbsup 


"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is temporary; the evil it does is permanent" - Ghandi
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting LH459 (Reply 10):
This report was spectacular! What a great way to explore Buenos Aires, and what an unusual idea for a report. Very high marks for originality!

I can only second this, absolutely fantastic report!

I found it great to see the different parts of the city of Buenos Aires via this way, that was a truely fantastic idea!

Patrick


User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1162 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report Apollo! I have to admit this is the first time I closely see each airline's offices. Usually when I'm over there I just pass without noticing anything but the airline sign!

Quoting LatinPlane (Thread starter):

Marambio Dude, you know it all! Every question I threw at you, you answered. I usually wear people off asking so many questions, but this time I was worn out because you knew every question in the book. How was Entre Rios? Stay in touch!

I am glad you liked Argentina and it was a real pleasure meeting you. I hope to see you again in the Queen of the Plata. Tell us in advance when you are coming, so that we don't plan any trip to the provinces while you are here!  Wink

Saludos,
Marambio



Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo
User currently offlineLima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report Latinplane, thanks for adding it.

I grew up near Plaza San Martin and Santa Fe avenue so watching the airline offices, they were many around, was a favourite pastime for me.

For example, where the current American Airlines office is, it was previously Eastern Airlines, and until 1982, Braniff (they had a great DC8 model with Calder colours). A few metres away was Avianca, quite nice design office.

Across the street, the Christian Dior shop was previously postal services office and before a Swissair office, until they moved to the first floor. The building is still called "Edificio Swissair". Next to it was Aero Peru and near the corner with Esmeralda, Aeroflot (used to visit this a lot, they had lots of brochures). On that corner, where there is a wine shop, Air France had an office for years. Next to the Southern Winds office, was South African Airways (their representation is still on that old building). At Suipacha street was Ecuatoriana for years.

On Carlos Pellegrini street (where Iberia is), but on the other block almost near Santa Fe, Viasa had its office (remember its great DC10 model), and later LAPA. On the other side, the TAM office was Lineas Aereas Paraguayas. And on the next block (at Cerrito street) TAP Portugal. For years they had a model for the 747 in old colours. Later a Tristar, but due to the sun and heat, the wings of the Tristar were blended through the years.

What a pity that Lufthansa moved last year to a normal office. They had a big and nice agency on Marcelo T de Alvear, near the end of Florida street. There in prehistoric times was also KLM.

I think you only missed the Air Canada office, at Cordoba avenue, next to Hotel Libertador Sheraton. Before it was Canadian and until 1986 CP Air (all decorated in orange of course). British Caledonian was also there, I remember their DC10 model, but of course this was until 1982.

A little neighborhood history here.

Greetings


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Most unusual and interesting. Well done.


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineArgento From Argentina, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent trip report from my home town city.
It come to my memories the Air France office in Florida & Paraguay with a 747 ,SAS crossing the street , VARIG DC10 also in Florida street(Now in GIG F & C class lounge) .


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Lima (Reply 13):
I think you only missed the Air Canada office, at Cordoba avenue, next to Hotel Libertador Sheraton. Before it was Canadian and until 1986 CP Air (all decorated in orange of course). British Caledonian was also there, I remember their DC10 model, but of course this was until 1982.

Addendum:


http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/ADiaz747/102891c2.jpg

Air Canada's office located on Avenida Cordoba.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/ADiaz747/8ec7f65e.jpg

Air Canada's 767 model.

Air Canada flies to Buenos Aires from Toronto. EZE is on of the company's longest routes and a good performer. Air Canada flies the route via Santiago de Chile. Air Canada also has fifth freedom rights between EZE and SCL and offers great prices. The 767 reflects the airline's new corporate brand.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I thank everyone for your kind comments. I only wish that I could have captured the very unique offices of certain airlines like Malaysia, Cubana de Aviacion, Air France, and Lufthansa. But these airlines do not maintain offices on the first floors since the hard times have forced them to rent space on the top floors of tall buildings. Unfortunately, the high expense of having an office on the first level is dependent upon various variables that determine whether leasing such prime space is a good investment or not.


MEA-707, I didn't get to go outside of Buenos Aires this time, because I already had lot's of things going on within this beautiful city. But, most definitely, this gives me a reason to return to Argentina, right.


Beowulf, I can give you the number of my personal sales reprensentative for Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. His name is ThaiboyinMexico, and his office that represents LatinPlane, is located in San Telmo, really close to LADE's offices. From the highest diplomatic level, I will personally call him directly so that when you visit Buenos Aires, he can roll the red carpet for you as you are getting off the stairs of the plane - pretty VIP stuff.   Hey, I have connections you know! I have some friends in pretty high places. 

Turk223 Stop dreaming and get your behind on a plane to Buenos Aires. This certainly is the best time to do it. Your money will stretch so much that you'll be amazed at how much you can do and spend without going through your life savings. Seriously, for about $5.00 you'll enjoy a prime beef dinner with wine. You can't beat it! Prices are very reasonable too. COPA, AA, Delta, and United offer great prices and the hotels in Buenos Aires are very reasonable.



My intention with this trip report is too also promote Argentina as a great place to visit. You see, I feel very compromised to do everything I can to help encourage investment in Latin America. What better way to help the economy of the region than by promoting tourism.

If you feel like this encouraged you to consider Argentina as a possible place to vacation, please let me know. If you have any questions, please contact me and I'll see if I can get the info for you.

  LatinPlane

VISIT ARGENTINA 2006

[Edited 2006-03-31 19:54:36]

[Edited 2006-03-31 19:57:58]

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Oh my God... I just realized that I've been misspelling Thaiboy's name wrong all this time. Sorry! My sincere apologies.  Wink For the record it is: ThaiboyinMexico He's a "Mexican" who's "stuck inside a Thai-American's body," but he really believes that he's Mexican! He's already bought Mexican flags and everything to hang out on the street to support Mexico during the World Cup! Weirdo, I tell you...



I'd like to share a few more pics with you.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/ADiaz747/a8dadd9d.jpg

AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS - Advertisement on Street Signs.

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AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS Takes You To Corrientes

Isn't this a great way to advertise! The city of Buenos Aires has these particular streets signs that allow for private companies to pay to advertise on them. A great gimmick and a way to get extra money for the city's need. Aerolineas Argentinas has made great use of them because there is many streets in Buenos Aires that are named with AR's destinations. Streets named: Cordova (Argentina's second largest city). Calle Mexico, Calle Venezuela, Calle Peru, etc.

Corrientes is a city and state located in the northeast of Argentina near Brazil and on the banks of the Parana river.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/ADiaz747/43be731b.jpg

I just want to give give you a picture of the beautiful government palace in Buenos Aires, better known as La Casa Rosada. You'll recognize this from the movie Evita. If you visit Buenos Aires make sure you take the Evita Tour through any travel agency.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/ADiaz747/ApolloBuenosAires058.jpg

La Boca. "The Mouth" The little neighborhood that became the receptor of the mass Italian immigration into Argentina.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/ADiaz747/b83e030d.jpg

And last but not least, I'd like to introduce the stars of the Argentine a.net crowd. On the left is MD11Junkie, holding baggette! A dog from Mexico who now lives in Argentina. In the middle we have Marambio, and to the left we have yours truly. And there's ThaiboyinMexico holding his "matera" about to get his first sip of mate tea! The Argentine gang giving me the welcome to their country by sharing a mate with me. That's an Argentine way of telling you that you are welcomed as a friend.

Once again, thank you for you time and attention. Chau...


VISIT ARGENTINA 2006

 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineThaiboynMexico From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Latinplane,

Thanks, pal, for this one-of-a-kind trip report. It's speechlessly amazing. Many of us a.netters live such a sedentary lifestyle: sitting in front of our computers, at airports, in airplanes. Thanks for taking us out on this pedestrian adventure.  weightlifter  Now we feel less guilty grabbing our next meal as the devil sitting on our left shoulder whispers: "you know you want some of that junk!"  devil 

BA airline offices are unique in that they are centralized in one zone and they always have aircraft models on display. I think it's neat. It's like goin' shoppin´. You hop from one shop to another, looking at what you´re gonna get—be it a B747, A340, or an MD-11—until you find something that fulfills your a.net fantasy and fits your wallet. I usually arrange all my travels over the Internet. Your trip report is making me change my mind.

Muchos Saludos e ¡Viva México!,
ThaiboynMexico


User currently offlineFlyingDoctorWu From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I just came back from BA
Lovely trip (we flew CO's 767-200 service)
I noticed a good number of Continental billboards
scattered throughout the city. Our flight from IGR
to AEP on LAN was delayed and we risked missing our
outboard flight from EZE-IAH so we ran over to the
AR counter and plopped down 297 pesos for the one
way trip-> plus LAN refunded us our money!

chris


User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

How nice to read and see something different.. Thank you LatinPlane.. I really enjoyed it..
Argentina is an amazing country, can't wait to go back..

Great report.. really!



I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32658 times:

Apollo!

Great to hear from you again! Excellent report. I'm glad that you enjoyed our beautiful city. I'm sorry we couldn't show you around better, but for sure we'll do it next time. There's a lot you've got to learn about Buenos Aires, what we've said in our "mini-tours" is nothing to what our city has to offer. I hope we do get better at it - and we can do things even better.

Quoting LatinPlane (Thread starter):
MD11Junkie U are awesome! I gave me the courage to walk though all the streets of Buenos Aires because you took the time to show me how to use el Subte (subway) and el colectivo (the Bus system). I was so familiar with the subway and bus system that even the Chilean tourist were asking me for directions. I was like, ‘just take the 152 all the way to La Boca.’ Thanks for showing me Aeroparque! You don’t know how much I truly appreciated getting to know that nice little airport

Appreciate the comments very much!  blush  Glad you could use my advice for something at all, lol. Sorry I made you walk so much to AEP - but hey, it was good, wasn't it? I think I covered most of the History of our subway lines, hehe.

Quoting Beowulf (Reply 5):
A very different report but very enjoyable. Sounds like the Argentinian a.net crowd (Marambio, MD11Junkie, ThayboyinMexico) is fun. Hmm ... consider this a threat in case I decide to visit. I want the full VIP service.

Why yes of course Big grin You are more than welcome here!  Smile I don't know what do you consider full service, but hey - Big grin

Quoting Marambio (Reply 12):
I am glad you liked Argentina and it was a real pleasure meeting you. I hope to see you again in the Queen of the Plata. Tell us in advance when you are coming, so that we don't plan any trip to the provinces while you are here!

 checkmark  Ditto Apollo. Having you here was fun. And we still have that huge Thai load to wear off.  Silly Big grin Big grin

Anyone that wants to visit Buenos Aires, please, feel free to contact us, Argentine a.netters, we'll be happy to show you around! Big grin

Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32501 times:

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 21):
Great to hear from you again! Excellent report. I'm glad that you enjoyed our beautiful city. I'm sorry we couldn't show you around better, but for sure we'll do it next time.


Are you kidding... Dude, you're awesome! Seriously, people like you are an asset to your country. You see, the fact that you went out of your way to show me around gave me such good impression of Argentina from the very first day. What does that do, well, it speaks good about your country. In turn, everyone who asks me "how was Argentina?" I have such positive things to say that all of a sudden people start considering Argentina as a their next possible vacation destination...

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 21):
Appreciate the comments very much! Glad you could use my advice for something at all, lol. Sorry I made you walk so much to AEP - but hey, it was good, wasn't it? I think I covered most of the History of our subway lines, hehe.

I got tyred because I'm from L.A., and we Angelenos don't walk. Riding the Buenos Aires Subway that was opened in the early 1900s, was one of the most interesting things while in Buenos Aires.


There you go... Anyone interesting in visiting Argentina please call 1-800-MD11Junkie... For every new a.net visitor I get 5% commission though!  Big grin

 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineThaiboynMexico From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32381 times:

To add to Latinplane's already detailed report, here's the Air France office of Buenos Aires, which also takes care of KLM transactions for people holding KLM-issued tickets (São Paulo is as close as KLM gets to Argentina, unfortunately). The office setting and the uniform, without a doubt, are 100% AF. The office occupies an entire floor of a building, almost at the top—the 23rd floor.

This is the hallway before entering the spacious sales office:


It's not very accessible like other airline offices here. I'd even say it's a hassle for customers because you have to register your name, have your picture taken, be given a pass, waiting for an elevator, passing an AF gate dragon, who actually profiles and prioritizes who gets serviced first. Actually the AF office in Mexico City operates on the exact same principle. I personally think it's a bit too much.

Although I must admit that it's nice for people who work there. I didn't take any pictures inside because it would have been ridiculous and intrusive. But let me tell you that it's worth a visit because all the walls in this office are transparent glass panels. You can see through everything. You only have to spin yourself full-circle to get an unobstructed, 360-degree sight of Buenos Aires—which is breathtaking. I could even see the AF General Director of Argentina. He's got a Concorde model on his windowsill. Lucky bastard.  cloudnine 


User currently offlineMjt909 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 32365 times:

What a great report!! So interesting and refreshing to see something a little different. All the street scenes make me want to visit Argentina that much more. One of these days I'll make it down there...

25 Christao17 : That was a really interesting report. At first, I didn't think it would be able to sustain any momentum. But the little trivia and information about e
26 CO7e7 : Very interesting "one-of a kind" report. Your report brought some good old memories from back home (Jerusalem).. I remember most airline ticketing off
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