Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6 Posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9280 times:
After a lot of waiting, the time for visiting Easter Island had come. We (me and my family) got a pretty good deal with our LanPass kilometres in LAN's "El Revuelo" promotion. This means that we needed just 25.000 kms for a free ticket to Easter Island instead of the normal 50.000, so after having got the tickets back in october, march 7th had arrived.
March 7th, 2007
Flight: LA 841 SCL-IPC
Boeing 767-300 ER
Pax load: Economy completely full, Business Premiere had 8 seats left.
Flight time: 5:00 hrs
Planned departure time: 9:25 AM
Actual departure time: 9:55 AM
So, we woke up pretty early, it was still dark when the taxi came to our house, and after 30 minutes by highway we arrived at SCL. It was dull, foggy and cold, not very normal as it is still summer down here. Check in was quick as we had made online check in. Just drop your bags and go. We headed to the Domestic departures area which is kind of boring as there is no duty free. At our gate there was a LAN A319 to Balmaceda (chilean Patagonia) waiting to be loaded. Time was passing by, pretty much traffic (3 GOL 737s, 4 LAN A320s, 2 Sky Airline 737s, 3 LAN 767s) passed by but weather conditions didn't help for spotting. And the A320 at our gate was still there.
Finally, after being loaded late, the A320 left and our gorgeous 767 came in. It is pretty weird to see a 767 in a domestic gate, surrounded by small birds.
Boarding began, with lots of britons, french, germans and north americans taking this flight. It is great to see people from far away coming down here and going to our remote polynesian territory.
At the aircraft's door, two newspapers to choose, and stupidly, I chose El Mercurio, which is the main national newspaper. Pretty good, but its format is so big that its not comfortable to read when flying.
View of the new 767 configuration that LAN is implementing. The difference with the old configuration is amazing.
View from my window (seat 27 L), sitting at the gate
Pilot announcement came, he apologized of our late departure and stated that our flight would last 5 hrs instead of the priorly estimated 5hrs20mins.
Then came push back, and as we taxied parallel to runway 17L/35R I saw Aeromexico's 767 landing and Air Canada's 767 taking off to EZE.
Position and hold
Taking off. As dull as it can get
The take off roll was long, as for this flight the plane is loaded for a 10 hour flight (is something happens at Easter Island's runway, the plane has no other choice than heading back to Santiago)
Over the Pacific Ocean
Breakfast service consisted of an omelette with sausages and some sort of tomato sauce, pretty good, plus coffee/tea/milk, orange or apple juice, warm bread with butter and apricot marmalade and a small cup with peaches in "almíbar"->that dense water/sugar milk I don't know how to translate.
After breakfast, the flight got pretty bumpy. Maybe the bumpiest I've ever experienced. Even though I trust a 100% 767s it makes you feel a little awkward being in the middle of nowhere, over the South Pacific, with no other planes 3000 kms around in a moderate turbulence. This lasted almost half an hour.
LAN's IFE in this newly configurated 767 is superb (not being biased here). Several blockbuster movies like Casino Royale, The Queen, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Departed, plus a bunnch of other movies. The complete first season of 24, 7 Friends episodes, Everybody loves Raymond, Everybody Hates Chris, The Simpsons, etc. Plus games, 300 music albums to choose...it is close to perfection.
One hour before landing, a sandwich and drink are served which was good.
Getting closer to the island
And finally, WE CAN SEE EASTER ISLAND!
Now please somebody correct me if I'm wrong. I'm used to feel the power of thrust reversers when landing.This time I heard them, but almost no backthrust was felt...and then a quite strong wheel braking came. Does any of you know if this is normal and I'm being exaggerated?
Well, then it is time to unload the plane, and the humid-warm air hits you.
As you may not know, Easter Island is the only place with a close to Tropical weather Chile has, so it is quite an adventure for us chileans to experience this slap in the face.
Almost everybody takes a picture of themselves and the plane in the back when arriving to Mataveri International Airport.
Iorana means welcome in Rapa Nui language
This bird sculpture represents the Manutara, which is a native Easter Island seagull, and is the name given to the first flight that arrived in the Island, a Chilean Air Force Catalina
After an amazing one week stay at this gorgeous and interesting island (i'd love to show pictures but I don't know if it is the right place) it was time to go back to normal life in the capital city.
March 14th, 2007
Flight: LA 842 IPC-SCL
Boeing 767-300 ER
Pax load: Economy had some 10 spare seats, don't know about Business as I boarded through the rear
Flight time: 4:40 hrs
Planned departure time: 12:20 PM
Actual departure time: 12:30 PM
Even though for domestic flights in Chile you only have to be one hour prior to departure, Easter Island is special, and you need 2 hours for the process. Maybe because it is such a small airport, where security bag checking is almost a "do it yourself" operation:
Eventhough security looks relaxed, it is pretty tight, especially concerning agropecuary elements that are forbidden to take into continental Chile
The airport has indoor and outdoor waiting and boarding areas
In the outdoor boarding area there is a small plaque remembering the agreement made by the Chilean government and the United States government in order to make Mataveri's runway able to receive the NASA's space shuttle in case of an emergency landing
A strange visitor: a Starquest Expeditions 757 (G-MONJ) that came a day earlier from Cusco and Washington, and leaving to Samoa, Australia, Cambodia, Tanzania, Morocco and back to Washington. The trip costs 49.000 US$
Finally, our plane coming from Santiago arrives, and it is CC-CWN, the same that brought us here
Boarding is the same that deboarding in Easter Island. Everybody takes pictures of the plane, and which model could pose better than a gorgeus 767?
Once boarding was finished, a SAG (Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero:Agriculture and Cattle Service, roughly translated) lady came in and passed applying insecticide through the aisles for two reasons. There is a small plant parasite in the island, which if brought by accident to the continent, could easily harm all vineyards. And, there have been some isolated cases of Dengue virus, so everything has to be fumigated.
And then, take off:
I got pretty emotional when leaving the island as I really loved it. Plus the fact that for us chileans it is quite expensive, so it is almost a "once in a lifetime" visit First the ticket, and buying everything there costs twice or thrice what it costs in continental Chile, so most people, when they can afford to travel, go everywhere else rather than Easter Island. But I will surely go back some day again.
The service in this flight was a little poorer than the SCL-IPC flight as, as I later knew, that the crew does not stay at the Island, instead, they come inmediately back to Santiago.
Food was good though, a lunch service with choice between Turkey with mashed potatoes o Cappeletti (Sp?). I chose the latter which were delicious. This was accompanied by a mix salad, warm bread (LAN's trademark) with butter and some sort of tiramisu for dessert. White and Red wine, sodas, juices, whisky, rum and vodka were offered for drinking.
Sunset begins as we get closer to chilean coast
Turning south towards SCL
As a LAN review, i would give the airline a 9 out of 10. As you may read my nickname, it is my favourite airline. Although I know people have been disappointed by it, I have never had any bad experience with them, only great ones.
FAs on the flight back were not very smiley but the food, IFE and plane itself are superb.
And the Island, PLEASE visit it some day. It's history and archaeology are extremely interesting, the landscapes in some parts resemble Ireland and some others Brazil, ans Anakena beach, with palms and warm water is superb.
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 9224 times:
Wow nice report. I am extremely impressed with LAN as well as Easter Island. Maybe I will get down there some day. I'll have to research. Are there any quicker ways to get there? Are there flights to LIM, BOG, etc?
The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
Cybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 507 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9158 times:
Quoting Evan767 (Reply 2): Are there any quicker ways to get there? Are there flights to LIM, BOG, etc?
No, LA only offers flights to Easter Island from SCL. You can reach SCL from CCS, LIM, BOG, UIO, GYE, EZE, GIG and GRU. Also LA offers direct flights from the USA to SCL from MIA and with a stop in LIM or UIO from LAX and JFK
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1138 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9043 times:
Very interesting report. LAN is an airline I would love to fly but I doubt I will ever get the chance. I've read almost only positive things about the airline. Chile should be proud to have it as its national carrier. Easter Island is certainly one of the more exotic trip reports in this forum.
What other carriers operate flights to Easter Island? Also, can you briefly explain how/why the island come into Chile's pocession?
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9484 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9020 times:
Wonderful trip report. You went somewhere that very very few people will ever get to see. It seems like LAN has better service to Easter Island than the US carriers have to Hawaii even though it is a similar flight.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
LAN is the only carrier operating scheduled flights to and from Easter Island. They have 4 weekly flights SCL-IPC and 2 weekly flights SCL-IPC-PPT.
About how and why the island was annexed by Chile, the annexation was completely peaceful after a chilean admiral called Policarpo Toro suggested it would serve as a strategic location for extending Chile's sovereignity in the Pacific.
The native civilization (the Rapa Nui) had collapsed before after their internal social conflicts (due to extreme abuse of the islands natural resources) and later this situation got worse when international slave ships took the natives to Peru in order to work at the "guaneras" (guano is a natural fertiilizer). When the island was annexed, only 111 Rapa Nuis were left and all the native easter island present inhabitants descend from them.
Oldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1524 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8938 times:
Magnificent pictures of a strange but beautiful place. Rather ironic isn't it that on the trail sign in a remote corner of the world so far from USA that the 1st language is English. I guess it shows that for better or worse the US is the superpower in today's world. Eh sorry to go so off topic but that sign blew my mind. Great report and pics man Keep em coming.
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 8552 times:
Terrific report. Chile is indeed lucky to have a great carrier like LAN - I flew them LAX - Lima and then intra-Peru. I was indeed very impressed with professional setup and operations.
Great photos of Eastern Island - you stayed there for almost a week? I thought it was a small island - can one cover important sights in 2-3 days? Also how is tourism infrastructure? Can one rent car etc?
Salvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8402 times:
Thanks for sharing! Very nice report. Coming from the Pacific (HNL to be exact), is that the only way to get to IPC via SCL? Do other airlines fly there would you happen to know? I would love to visit that place one day as it is definitely a once in a lifetime.
Avion660 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8379 times:
Many thanks for sharing those great photos of both the trip and Easter Island. So Easter Island does have a FEW trees! I learned something new there. Do many Chilenos visit the Juan Fernandez islands: that looks like an exotic trip too.
I wish that the last LAN 767 I went on had the new interior as it does look really excellent, but like you I can recommend the service; always excellent. How strange to see a MON 757 at IPC: I had the pleasure of a trip around MON engineering in LTN last Sunday and was able to visit 757, A300, A320 and A321 flight decks; quite a contrast.
Quote: I d love toi fly LAN, but not much of a chance really
Get to MAD, and then take LAN, MAD-FRA-MAD for a long weekend? LAN quote 98 euros return (all taxes included) in late April.
Quote: Magnificent pictures of a strange but beautiful place. Rather ironic isn't it that on the trail sign in a remote corner of the world so far from USA that the 1st language is English. I guess it shows that for better or worse the US is the superpower in today's world
Err, there are a few other places where English is spoken too!
: Planifica tu viaje ! WOW ! One of the best trip report I've read so far. All pictures are simply amazing. La Isla de Pascua is definitely in my must-
: Thanks for this great report. I've long been planning a trip to Santiago, even had a flight booked last year but something got in the way and I had to
: Many thanks for the comments! You're right. Easter Island is a completely different world Good question. I don't know what happens with torrential dow
: Great report and photos of Easter Island! 767747[Edited 2007-03-21 18:20:44]
: what an amazing report...now i have a new place i want to go!! to bad to get there is about $4000 from CLE. once again, great job.
: Thank you for this excellent report, and especially for your private photos of Rapa Nui! I have many fond memories of my travels in your country, but
: Does LAN still fly from IPC to PPT? I remember they used to tag Easter Island with Papeete a while back. Also, is the LAN flight the only scheduled se
: Funny thing is, and without wanting to offend you, English is the first language of many other countries other than America, United Kingdom, New Zeal
: Your report is great! I loved it! Isla de Pascua seems to be a wonderful place to spend some holidays, as well as LAN seems to be offering a great pro
: Lan_Fanatic, just to echo the comments that others have said. Your pics and review are incredible. I've always wanted to visit Chile and the Easter Is
: Great report - I am really looking forward to flying LAN and visiting Easter Island this November!
: Great report! The new LAN 767 Interiors look neat, like them. The pic's of Easter Island are just superb, I'd heard of it before but that was about it
: I did the PPT-IPC-SCL route in 1990, and was impressed by the quality of the LAN service And at that time, it was still .... a 707 !!!! So, I am very
: Great pictures, would have enjoyed some food pictures to make it a perfect report. This really made us look up flights to go there. Is Isla de Pascua
: Kingsford, as it is mentioned above, only LAN has scheduled service, and they serve Rapa Nui from Santiago or Tahiti. Of course, in Tahiti, you can co
: Great trip report. It makes me excited about venturing there in December. I do have a question about ticketing on that LAN flight. I posted the questi
: WOW , amazing TR . Thanks for sharing. One day it is on my list of places to visit. Those statues have always amazed me. LAN looks like a nice airline