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My Trip To The Iron City (Venezuela)  
User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

Introduction

This is my first trip report, so please be easy on me. I wanted to spend some nice days away from Caracas on Carnival holidays. I wanted something cheap, yet interesting to visit. As an airplane enthusiastic, I tried to make as many flights as possible. So Puerto Ordaz came into mind. Puerto Ordaz is an important city on the south of Venezuela, in Bolivar State. It is called the Iron City of Venezuela since many iron, gold, steel and diamond industries are located there.I searched online for some cheap fares. Aeropostal was offering USD 186 R/T, Aserca USD 201 R/T both of them nonstop. However, I always look for Avior's website, even though they only offer a flight with a stop in Barcelona (BLA). Well, the round trip fare was USD 147 so I went for that one.

Saturday, 17 February 2007
Caracas (CCS) -- Barcelona (BLA)
Airline: Avior
Flight number: 9V 2021
Scheduled departure time: 8:00
Scheduled arrival time: 8:45
Type of aircraft: B 737-200
Registration: YV-1361

My taxi was schedule to pick me up at 5:30 am. I didn't want to take any chances with the alternate road (La trocha). We arrive at the airport at 6:15. The Avior's checking counter was already with people. The agent who was in charge was incredible slow, but after 20 minutes I was ready to go to the security check point.

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As you can see on the board my flight wasn't listed since it was too early. I took a picture of the checking counter, although it didn't go well:

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After the security check I was ready to do some spotting. This morning was really busy, full of people going on vacation. The most popular destination for the carnival holidays are Margarita, Merida and Barcelona, but that morning you could see flights to everywhere in Venezuela. I walked from gate 1 to gate 11, and these are the best pictures I got:

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Even though the domestic terminal is old, still looks nice and clean.

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You can see the two new paint scheme of Aserca.

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Busy morning on the international terminal.

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My plane arriving from BLA

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Aeropostal getting ready for a new domestic flight.

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My plane at gate 10

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Santa Barbara new 757 along with Vensecar's (DHL) 727

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MX coming from MEX

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Rutaca taxing to gate

Boarding started at 7:45. This airplane is equipped with 12 business seats and 96 coach seats. The plane felt incredible comfortable. This 737-200 was built in 1982 and was delivered to Avior in 2006. The flight was 95% full in coach, however only two seats occupied in business. I was greeted by two female flight attendants. They were smiling and were really nice. We pushed back at 8:07 and the safety procedures were executed soon after. As we taxied, I took these pictures:

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After a short taxi we took off from runway 9. It was a powerful takeoff, follow by a nice roaring of these 737 engines. We flew near Cerro Avila before turning left to the Caribbean Sea.

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Afterwards we flew close to the coastline the entire flight. After reaching cruising altitude drink service began. Between apple juice, peach juice and coffee I chose the first one. The service was performed fast and professionally. This was my shortest flight ever (only 30 min.)

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Venezuela coastline (the east side)

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Some airbraking action.

Descending started at 8:30. We made a sharp left turn and then landed on BLA's main runway.

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No trust reverse deployed.

We were positioned to a remote stand (No jet-bridges on this airport, however this airport is been revamped). As I was walking outside the plane I asked the pilot if I could take a picture of the cockpit. He agreed. I got so excited!

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Beautiful cockpit of this old bird.

As I disembarked, I took some pictures on the apron.

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Getting ready to depart to San Tome

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Getting ready to go to Puerto Ordaz

As I have mentioned before, Avior has created a nice hub in BLA. There were many connecting people to PMV, MIA, PZO (Puerto Ordaz), and San Tome. My connecting flight didn't leave until 9:20 am so I had some good minutes in BLA. This airport is really small, but I believe that after the work is done, it will improve a lot, to reinforce Avior's operations. My next flight was delayed 30 minutes and was operated by a Beechcraft 1900D and since it was my first time on this airplane I was excited.

Saturday, 17 February 2007
Barcelona (BLA) -- Puerto Ordaz (PZO)
Airline: Avior
Flight number: 9V 1100
Scheduled departure time: 9:20
Scheduled arrival time: 10:15
Type of aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D

At 9:40 we were called for boarding. This flight was 78% full.

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At 9:50 pushback started. We made a 3 minutes taxi and then took off from the runway. It was by far the smoothest take off of my life; however this little airplane was noisy.

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Even though the cabin is small, the tall ceiling helps a bit.

The flight was uneventful. But, when descending began we hit some rough turbulence that shook this little airplane. As we were approaching PZO I took these pictures:

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This is the new Orinoco Bridge, a modern marvel

Touchdown was at 10:43, and then vacated the runway and we were positioned on a remote stand. There is some revamp going on in PZO as well. The government will install jet-bridges and other stuff. Puerto Ordaz is going to be one of the Copa America (American Cup) cities.

Disembarkation was made soon after the engines were turned off. While I was walking to the terminal, I saw the "Camastron", the old presidential aircraft of Venezuela:

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I am not sure if this flight was going to BLA or CCS

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This beautiful little bird is a sweet ride.

We didn't go to the terminal. Instead, we waited just outside, close to the plane for the luggage. Then, I went outside and rented a car. I really liked this airport. It looks really modern, even though the revamp isn't done yet.

Well, this is it. Avior is one of the best airlines in Venezuela. Their online booking and call center is just great. I know they have an old fleet, but for a 40 min. flight it's ok. I woulnd't hesitate flying then again. I hope you enjoyed this report, and please, bare in mind that english is not my first language. Feel free to add any comments.

[Edited 2007-02-19 03:56:48]


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15 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2050 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6028 times:

Great report! I've visited Venezuela once, and I was really surprised how many domestic airlines are operating there. Looks like a fun trip - looking forward to the return trip report, provided you are going to write one.

User currently offlineKLMyank From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5858 times:

Love the Handheld garmin GPS in the cockpit of the 732!

User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5767 times:

Good report.
Is nice to see some reports from South America

Lee



There's flying and then there's flying
User currently offlineEdgaren From Venezuela, joined Feb 2006, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5625 times:

Hey Erick, good report...I love the early morning activity in Maiquetia as well as the mid afternoon. By the way could u elabote more on the inflight service please I'm kind of curious!, keep up the good work.



Saludos desde Valencia, EDGAR.


User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

Thank you guys for all the comments.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 1):
I've visited Venezuela once, and I was really surprised how many domestic airlines are operating there.

Yes, we have many airlines in here. The problem is that there is not a strong airline in the business.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 1):
Looks like a fun trip - looking forward to the return trip report, provided you are going to write one.

It was a fun trip! I enjoyed the Beech part so much, it was my first time on a turboprop.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 1):
looking forward to the return trip report, provided you are going to write one.

Tomorrow I will return, however, this time both flights will be on a 737-200.

Quoting Edgaren (Reply 4):
Hey Erick, good report...I love the early morning activity in Maiquetia as well as the mid afternoon. By the way could u elabote more on the inflight service please I'm kind of curious!, keep up the good work.

Thanks Edgaren. I will talk a little bit more about the inflight service on my next trip report. For what is worth, I have no complains about it.



Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5555 times:
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What a great report, loved the photo's!

Great job, thanks.

Mark



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User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
What a great report, loved the photo's!

Great job, thanks.

Thank you very much!! I'll try to post the return postin a few days.



Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Well, the pictures are back, now that I upgraded myself in photobucket. I'll try to post the return trip this weekend.

Saludos.



Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5242 times:

Erick,

Really enjoyed this trip-report, but, especially, all your pictures: was surprised to see so many different airlines down there in Venezuela, and all still operating with the trusty 732's and D93's !!!

Should come over to Venezuela once soon and enjoyed these birds myself; good to see you had no trouble taking pictures at the various airports  Smile

Thanks for sharing; not many trip-reports from your country ...



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

Great TR....glad to see some pics from my hometown PZO, brigns back good memories


ROLL TIDE!!!
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days ago) and read 5017 times:

Great report - I hope to visit CCS sometime to see the array of interesting airlines and aircraft - especially since it will be possible to arrive on an Iran Air B747SP!

Avior Airlines look like an interesting airline to fly - I had not heard of them until this report. Those Aserca DC9-30s look attractive too.

Many thanks for posting.


User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days ago) and read 5014 times:

Quoting Venezuela747 (Reply 10):
Great TR....glad to see some pics from my hometown PZO, brigns back good memories

Hey, thanks!! I loved the time I spent in Puerto Ordaz, what a lovely city!!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 11):
Great report -

Thank you very much!! CCS is a very interesting airport indeed, you won't be bored

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 11):
Avior Airlines look like an interesting airline to fly - I had not heard of them until this report. Those Aserca DC9-30s look attractive too.

Avior is a good airline, also Aserca does a good job, however you should read my return trip, in Venezuela we don't have any strong airline, that's the problem. But is really exciting to ride those old birds for sure.

My Trip To The Iron City (Venezuela) Part 2, Pics (by Erikgnoha Feb 24 2007 in Trip Reports)



Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1901 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Mi Pana!

Excellent trip report, it was rather refreshing and fun to read.

I have never gone to BLA nor PZO, and it sure looks fun to go there.

I really like Avior. I flew on one of their B-1900s to AUA and it was a superb flight plus remarcable service. I bet you had a good time with them.

I'll go to the return report to check it out.

Well done my friend, keep up the good work!

Saludos



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User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4983 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 13):
I have never gone to BLA nor PZO, and it sure looks fun to go there.

I think BLA looked really small, but after the revamp is done, it should improve. Avior needs a good airport to make their operations easier.

Quoting 797 (Reply 13):
I really like Avior. I flew on one of their B-1900s to AUA and it was a superb flight plus remarcable service. I bet you had a good time with them.

Avior has a nice service, and can't complain aboutthe crew. I wish they notify me the next time they cancel a flight!!

Quoting 797 (Reply 13):
Well done my friend, keep up the good work!

Thank you very much. I'll do my best to keep improving.



Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

Great TR! I really enjoy reports from Brother countries! I really liked it!
THANKS!!



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