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AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:11 pm

For our upcoming trip to South America, we decided to try Alitalia. Fare was attractive being travel agent and we have never flown them longhaul. Even shorthaul was on 'old Alitalia'.

So what can we be expecting with regard to seats, comfort, catering, IFE,...
Going is on 772 to EZE, back is on 332 from GIG.

I have read this trip report AZ 777 LAX-FCO in Y with pics (by The777Man Jun 10 2012 in Trip Reports), but found no other.

Thanks for info/experiences.

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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Last summer I flew FCO-LAX on AZ. I was very sceptical at first particularly because the flight was going to be re3ally long (over 12 hours) but I must say I was positively impressed by them. Food was pretty good, service was solid, the seat was relatively comfortable and the IFE was just OK. To give you a better idea, this flight passed faster and was somehow more enjoyable than my return flight between SFO and CDG on AF A380. I would not hesitate to use AZ again...
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:11 am

Crew: Hit and Miss. You might get an excellent crew, or you might get a crappy one.
IFE: Nothing extraordinary
Seating: Average
Food: Excellent, definitely a plus

In short, it´s not LH, but it´s not AR either.
 
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:51 am

Thanks for the answers.

Anyone experienced Premium Economy on AZ as well? How is that?
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:45 pm

Quoting 330lover (Reply 3):
Anyone experienced Premium Economy on AZ as well? How is that?

Hi !

Thanks for the link to my report !

I did see the seats in Premium Y when I flew and they looked very comfortable almost like an old business class seat. They are in a cabin of their own and should have nice meals as well. I think configuration may be 2-3-2 or possibly 2-4-2.

You should have a great trip; both Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro will be great cities to visit. Flights should be nice.

Always good to not have to high expectations and be positively surprised  

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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:07 am

Other question.

On the GIG-FCO route, it's a 330. I read in another topic that AZ has 2 different configs on this type: the old Air One (ex Etihad) birds and the newly delivered ones.
Which one is mainly used for Rio?

Thanks for the info.
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:46 pm

Ok, decided.
In the end, we opted for Air France after all as we had the opportunity to use Flying Blue miles on these flights.

Thanks for your answers
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:47 am

Quoting 330lover (Thread starter):
For our upcoming trip to South America, we decided to try Alitalia. Fare was attractive being travel agent and we have never flown them longhaul.
Quoting 330lover (Reply 6):
Ok, decided.
In the end, we opted for Air France

So you're quite undecided it seems...   I posted a recent tripreport including the A330-200 to give you a bit over a view but there is no need. Though I would fee that AZ Y on the A330 is more comfortable then on any AF longhaul.
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:41 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
So you're quite undecided it seems...

That's true (a bit)  

But then again, if I was paying for the tickets, it would be AZ. But getting free tix with miles (unavailable on AZ) was the final reason for choosing AF.

Thanks anyway!
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RE: AZ To South America - What To Expect?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:56 pm

Quoting AR385 (Reply 2):
Crew: Hit and Miss. You might get an excellent crew, or you might get a crappy one.
IFE: Nothing extraordinary
Seating: Average
Food: Excellent, definitely a plus

   IFE was ok, seating was fine, and the food was great. Crew have been okay in my experience.
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