I hadn't been on a A340 yet so I thought I would give Lan Chile a try to Auckland. Cheap ticket, $181.00 one way through the travel agent, (still get QF points). Got the agent to assign me a window seat 33L. Checkin and boarding was standard, THEN I sat down and oh my god, these seats had the smallest leg room I have ever seen. I am not the tallest person, but my knee caps were touching the seat pocket in front of me!! Very squashed in. The crew were average and so was the meal, but one thing I have to give LA credit for is their entertainment system, on demand movies for Y class. But there is no way I could fly to Chile in those seats!!! But at least now I've been on a A340-300. So if you're tall, maybe give LA a miss. I fly Virgin Blue regularly and there is more leg room on them!! Departed and arrived on time.
My return trip was on a Emirates B777-300 from Akl-Bne. Checked in 3 hours before and was given seat 24A, 1st window after door number 3 over the wing. The 1st thing I noticed was the leg room - plenty compared to LA!!! I could comfortably stretch out. I was lucky enough to get 3 seats to myself. I have flown Emirates previously and of course the service was friendly as always and the meal was quite nice. EK also have a good entertainment system, but no on demand for Y class. I saw a Air Tahiti Nui A340-300 in Akl, my 1st in person. Overall a good quick trip. Departed and arrived on time.
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