gte439u
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Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:44 pm

In an effort to escape the cold and snow to Cleveland, Ohio, I decided to spend a few weeks on my favorite continent, South America. I traveled with friends from Brazil to Uruguay to Argentina and back to Brazil. The highlight of this trip was a five-day stay in Punta del Este, Uruguay; it it Latin America's most stylish resort... really the St. Tropez of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

However, all good things must come to an end, and it was time to take PLUNA to Buenos Aires Aeroparque. The pain of leaving Punta was eased by flying on a vintage Boeing 737-200 of PLUNA, Uruguay's national airline.

This report will mainly consist of photos since there is not much to say about a 50-minute flight. I wanted to post this flight since I could not find a Punta (PDP) or a PLUNA (PU) flight in the database.

January 4, 2007
PU 117
PDP - AEP
Boeing 737-200
CX-BOO
Lv. 1215 (1220)
Ar. 1200 (1215)
Price with tax: US$117 in Y Class

We arrived at PDP only 45 mintues before departure, and we were able to check in without delay.

The airport.
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The check-in area.
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My boarding pass...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/PU117/P1040146.jpg

We had to pay a US$25 departure tax for flights to Argentina.
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Then we proceeded to Immigration.
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To access the departure lounge, one had to pass through a duty free store in which the prices were comparable to Saks stores in the United States. We did get another copy of the all important "Verano" magazine, a glossy combination of 'People' and 'Town and Country' for the Punta set.

We proceeded directly to Gate 3 for boarding, at which a bus awaited us to take us to the plane.
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The B 732.
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The rear entrance to the B 732.
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A shot from the reat stair...
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We settle in...
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We found that the safety card on board was for a Boeing 767-300 ER, not the B 732.
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The engines started at 1220 rather than 1215, and the crew completed the safty demo. We promptly taxiied to the active and departed to climb out over Chiauahua Beach and the Rio de la Plata.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/PU117/P1040155.jpg

Rio de la Plata
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/PU117/P1040159.jpg

The crew served a huge 100g pack of salted peanuts and drinks for the short flight to Buenos Aires.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/PU117/P1040158.jpg

Before we knew it, it was time to land at Aeroparque.

Belgrano Centro on final to AEP
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Landing
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/PU117/P1040168.jpg

Thrust reverse
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/gte439u/PU117/P1040170.jpg

Guess who is big at Aeroparque.
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The bus arrives to take us to Aeroparque's small international arrivals hall.
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Aeorparque's only international flights currently are only from Uruguay. The immigration area is quite small, but it only took about 10 minutes to pass through. Then we were on our way in the the city!

PLUNA was a great way to get from Uruguay to Argentina. The total time door-to-door was only about 2.6 hours as compared to 6 or more it you tak the ferry.
 
planemanofnz
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:39 pm

Great trip report. You've gotta love those 732's. Especially the South American one's.
 
bps3458
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:07 pm

Nice report and great pictures. Boy, did I freak out when I saw the thrust reversers on a 732 deployed for the first time as a kid (was in HAM on a PanAm flight from LHR). At that time thought the entire plane was going to fall apart.

Cheers,

Peter
 
semsem
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:17 pm

Great pictures. What is the fare?
 
UairFokker
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:20 pm

Nice report!

I hope you enjoyed your time in Punta del Este, and I am glad you had a very nice trip with Pluna. I dont know if you know, but recently, Pluna is in the process of being in part purchased by international investment group "Leadgate", which promise 20 additional planes, including 5 intercontinental ones. Between this and the construction of the new Carrasco airport, these are exciting times for Pluna.

Hope you enjoyed your Uruguayan vacactions!
 
RICARIZA
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:38 pm

Thank you for this. I have always wanted to see a trip report of PLUNA..
I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
 
gte439u
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:02 pm

Quoting Semsem (Reply 3):
What is the fare?

We paid US$117 for a Y fare. There is also a US$25 departure tax at PDP.

Quoting UairFokker (Reply 4):
I dont know if you know, but recently, Pluna is in the process of being in part purchased by international investment group "Leadgate", which promise 20 additional planes, including 5 intercontinental ones. Between this and the construction of the new Carrasco airport, these are exciting times for Pluna.

I am happy to hear that Carrasco will be improved. We arrived on a Gol flight from POA, and the customs hall seemed full with just 1 B738!
 
767747
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:37 am

Great report and photos! I always enjoy flying on the 737-200.

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flyboy36y
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:39 am

Great report. I wanna read about AEP-IGR.
 
gte439u
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:02 pm

Quoting Flyboy36y (Reply 8):
I wanna read about AEP-IGR.

Ask, and ye shall receive (eventually).
 
cgnnrw
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:18 am

Nice report.

I visited Argentina 10 years ago and loved the country. We had an airpass with Austral and went in/out of AEP several times. The airport is great because of its location to downtown B.A.
A330 man.
 
COSAMICLE
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Sun Jan 21, 2007 4:05 am

Who is that hottie in the pic with the mozas? But seriously, great trip report. Thanks for taking me along! Oh, and you left out all of the fabulous Europeans on the flight!
 
b737100
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:09 am

Very nice report and great pics, very nice detail! Thanks for sharing!

Regards,

Will
Boeing 737 sunjet service
 
ba319-131
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RE: Pluna 732 Punta Del Este-Buenos Aires (pics)

Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:15 am

Great report, thanks!

Nice to flythe 732, gosh, my last 732 flight was many many years ago, I'd love to fly another one.

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