Friday, March 21, 2003
A340-313X CC-CQE, delivery date 10/29/01
Photo © Ivan Rodriguez
Photo © Alexander Jonsson
I met with a fellow a.neter (SQ325) at Rwy 18 at FRA at 1500 and we did some spotting there and I took a few pictures of the Lan Chile A340 with which we would fly to Madrid that evening.
Then Fly-k joined and we drove to the airport together to check in for our flight.
At the counters in Terminal 2 there were no queues so we did not have to wait at all.
We than got our boarding passes which were printed in a nice Lan Chile style.
Since we both were a little hungry we went up to the McDonald’s for a meal.
It was roughly 1830 when we went behind the security lines to go to the gate. When we were there we were informed that we had to fill out the back side of our boarding pass with our name and phone number, but they did not really say why so we just did so...
After an Air Malta 737-200, the first first-generation 737 I saw at FRA in a long time, taxied by boarding started and than we entered the plane.
The cabin was very „non-conservative“ as the colors used were a mixture of purple and blue seat covers but that did really match good to the overall look (livery) of the airline.
You could very well sit in them but the most enjoyable part was still to come.
We taxied to runway 18 after boarding was complete and than the plane started to race down it to get the speed to lift of the ground.
Even though the plane was maybe only a third or maximmum half full it climbed very slow so it took a while until we reached the maximum altitude.
Once the plane made it the IFE system was unlocked and we both played around with it. Not only could you watch videos (video on demand) but it offered a variety of different options such as playing games. So until we got our warm meal the both of us played Othello and also tried a few other games.
The meal was quite good, very good if you consider that it was just a two hour flight.
After we ate we again played games until the system was locked again while our plane came closer to our destination.
After a very hard landing we taxied to the terminal and all passengers (also them that would go on to SCL an hour later) left the aircraft.
My conclusion about the airline is that I consider it overall great. After all the lowcost flights I was on in the previous months it was again really great to get a meal brought to you without paying for it. And the IFE is just great! But the F/A’s kinda pulled the airline down as they seemed to work after the book but maybe I am just too picky...
I will take a look at LA’s schedule for sure again if I consider a flight to MAD.