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SCL-Easter Island (lots Of Pics)

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:30 am

Hi guys.

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
Reg: CC-CWN
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
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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.

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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
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Approach begins


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.
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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.

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Almost everybody takes a picture of themselves and the plane in the back when arriving to Mataveri International Airport.
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Iorana means welcome in Rapa Nui language
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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
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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
Reg: CC-CWN!!!
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:
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Eventhough security looks relaxed, it is pretty tight, especially concerning agropecuary elements that are forbidden to take into continental Chile

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The airport has indoor and outdoor waiting and boarding areas


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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
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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$
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Finally, our plane coming from Santiago arrives, and it is CC-CWN, the same that brought us here
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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?
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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:

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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
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Turning south towards SCL
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And speedbrakes
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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.

Hope you liked it
 
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RE: SCL-Easter Island (lots Of Pics)

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:59 am

Excellent Report!. I'm Glad to see another Lan Fanatic here in Airliners!. I'll be flying with them on Apr 2nd to MIA. I hope to ride the CC-CWN on that flight. Amazing plane.
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RE: SCL-Easter Island (lots Of Pics)

Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:11 am

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?
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RE: SCL-Easter Island (lots Of Pics)

Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:51 am

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
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:06 am

LOVED it! IPC is very high on my to-visit list and I've almost gone a few times (standby though) through LIM and SCL. I will get there soon hopefully!
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RE: SCL-Easter Island (lots Of Pics)

Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:35 am

Quoting Lan_Fanatic (Thread starter):
(i'd love to show pictures but I don't know if it is the right place)

It DEFINITELY is!!!! Please share some non-aviation pics of this unique place on earth!

Cheers, and thanks for the report!
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:50 am

It is more or less so far you can come from Sweden where i live. Great report.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:54 am

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?
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:02 am

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.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:11 am

I d love toi fly LAN, but not much of a chance really


Sounds good though, nice report
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:17 am

Quoting INNflight (Reply 5):
It DEFINITELY is!!!! Please share some non-aviation pics of this unique place on earth!

Amen to that! Show us your Easter Island pics, please! I'd love to see what the island looks like!
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:26 am

Thanks guys for the comments.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 2):

As Cybergus wrote, SCL is one option for getting to the Island. The other option is from Papeete, Tahiti, twice weekly LAN flights. It is cheaper via SCL though.

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 7):

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.

Quoting INNflight (Reply 5):

Ok then, enjoy!

Ahu Tahai with a german cruise in the back
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Small islands (Motus) viewed from Orongo, a ceremonial village


Orongo, at the summit of Rano Kau volcano
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Rano Kau's crater
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Rano Raraku volcano, where Moais were carved
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Rano Raraku's crater
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Ahu Tongariki (Ahu is the stone platform where the statues are placed)
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Anakena Beach
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And some random views of the countryside and Hanga Roa, the only town in the island (3.000 inhabitants aprox.)

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:39 am

Excellent trip report! LAN looks really great, the new config looks gorgeous, the cabin seems spotless, wow
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:42 am

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.  Wow! 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.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:44 am

Amazing pictures!!!

Great initial trip report too.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:48 am

Great report and beautiful pictures, Easter Island looks gorgeous!

I hope I get a newly configured LAN 767 when I fly JFK-LIM this summer as that IFE looks awesome!
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:50 am

Great Report and the Pictures were beautiful. Its quite surprising to know that Plane was Fuel for 10hrs.

I wonder if there are any other sectors that allocate fuel for a return trip incase of problems.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:32 am

Lan_Fanatic

Fantastic trip report.  bigthumbsup  Fantastic pictures, they're amazing. Easter Island is on my to visit places.

Thank you for sharing those pictures.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:11 am

Great report, i being there in 1997 excellent though, once there it makes you feel like you're wherever but chile.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:59 am

Good TR, by the way you answered your question about the reverse thruters, if its long enough for the space shuttle a 767 won't need them.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:26 am

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?

Thanks!
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:27 am

Quoting Lan_Fanatic (Thread starter):
One hour before landing, a sandwich and drink are served which was good.

2 meals on a flight of only 5 hrs? Not bad at all LAN!

Quoting Lan_Fanatic (Thread starter):
The airport has indoor and outdoor waiting and boarding areas

What happens if a torrential downpur hits? The sheltered walkways don't look like they can shelter very well.

Wow... what amazing photos youhave taken of that island!
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:59 pm

Good stuff! and a "Once in a lifetime" venue indeed, loved the pics, really amazing.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:04 pm

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.
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:34 pm

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.

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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.

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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!
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:03 pm

Quoting Lan_Fanatic (Thread starter):
So, we woke up pretty early

Planifica tu viaje !  rotfl   duck 

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-to-fly list.

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:09 pm

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 put it on hold. I'm penciling in next March for my visit now and I am very seriously considering making a side trip to Easter Island after seeing your report/photos. After all I have plenty of AA miles burning a hole in my pocket.
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:22 pm

Many thanks for the comments!

Quoting PU752 (Reply 18):

You're right. Easter Island is a completely different world

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
What happens if a torrential downpur hits? The sheltered walkways don't look like they can shelter very well.

Good question. I don't know what happens with torrential downpours, but while I stayed there, it rained heavily but only for some 30 minutes, so maybe i is not a problem

Quoting Salvation (Reply 23):

LAN is the only airline operating scheduled flights to the island from Papeete and Santiago. Perhaps you could fly HNL-PPT-IPC? That would be an exotic trip!

Quoting Gamps (Reply 20):
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?

It is a small island and you can cover important sights in 2-3 days. But I do not think that is reccomendable. It is better to stay longer, enjoy the beaches and get filled with the relaxed lifestyle of the locals

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 25):
Planifica tu viaje !

Is that an evil Transantiago  crazy  joke??
 
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Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:20 am

Great report and photos of Easter Island!

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Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:34 am

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.
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Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:39 am

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 unfortunately I didn't make it to Rapa Nui. Your photos were the next best thing--and I have to say, you are the first Chilean I've encountered who has been to the island!
I also thank you for your photos from your Lan flights. I will be flying LAX-LIM r/t with Lan later this year, so I hope I get one of the birds with the new interior.

Quoting Dimoko (Reply 29):
to bad to get there is about $4000 from CLE.

It's a lot less than that if you find a travel agent who knows what they're doing!
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Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:37 pm

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 service to IPC?
 
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Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:35 pm

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 13):
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. Wow! 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.

Funny thing is, and without wanting to offend you, English is the first language of many other countries other than America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia just to name a few  stirthepot 
 
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:32 am

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 product on the 767. But on a side note, CC-CWN is a brand new 767 for LAN. It has a 777 style interior that came directly from the factory!
LAN has some other 767 that had the installation of a more modern interior, but they are a bit defferent from the one you´ve flown, like CC-CDP and CC-CRH
http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=469695&nseq=13
http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=469824&nseq=12

Congratulations!

Saludos!
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Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:50 am

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 Islands. Hopefully, I'll have the opportunity to visit Chile this year.

I'm also a big fan of LAN. Had the opportunity to fly them in Clase Ejecutiva (twice), from LAX-LIM and it was a great experience. Haven't tried their new product yet.
 
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:28 pm

Great report - I am really looking forward to flying LAN and visiting Easter Island this November!
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Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:54 am

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 want to visit now!

Many Thanks for the report and insight on the Island.

Regards

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Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:46 am

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 pleased to see the quality is stil there, and with a more comfortable plane, and big screens!

Thank you for the Rapa Nui picture too.
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:48 pm

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 linked to other pacific islands, NZL or OZ ?
 
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:41 pm

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 connect to other Pacific islands.
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Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:11 am

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 question on the civil aviation board, but the thread dropped like a rock. Anyway, is it true that tickets are not issued until a couple of months before the flight? I "bought" my ticket for December on the LAN site. The reservation was confirmed with seat assignments and my credit card information, but the ticket was not issued. After several phone calls with different answers, a lady told me that the ticket would be issued in the computer in October, because LAN will not issue a ticket for more than 6 months out. At the same time she told me my reservation would be held firm until then. Has anyone had the same experience?
 
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Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:57 pm

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.

Quoting Avion660 (Reply 24):
few other places where English is spoken too!

LOL....the English language was given to America by England even though they changed it LOL....

[Edited 2007-04-05 11:27:36]
 
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Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:54 am

Fantastic trip report. Excellent photos.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:05 am

Gracias por tu reporta Lan. Donde Tu vives en Chile? Yo tengo un tios que viven en Vina Del mar. Estuve en Chile en ano 2004 y es una pais bonita. Lan es la Aerolinea mayor de america del sur. Yo querro avisitar Isla de Pasqua en un dia.
English:Thank you for your report. Where do you live in Chile? I have aunts and uncles that live in Vina Del Mar. I was in Chile in year 2004 and is very beutiful country. Lan is the best airline in South America. I want to visit Easter Island one day.)
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:54 pm

Thanks for a great report! I went there (from London) in 1998, and your pictures bring back lots of amazing memories - I can easily say that it is probably the most interesting place I have ever been to! I'm glad that the Moai are still standing...  Smile

LAN are indeed a very good airline - not only did I fly with them from PPT-IPC-SCL, but also more recently (2003) on the marathon AKL-SCL route. It was my first experience of AVOD in economy class.

I have been back to Chile several times, but unfortunately not yet back to Rapa Nui - maybe on my next Round-the-World trip... I hope it doesn't change too much in the mean-time!

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Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:12 pm

great report and beautiful pics!!!
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:02 pm

Wow. I've always wanted to catch this flight, and now with your help, my dream has virtually come true!
Thanks, this was great.

By the way, are Rapa Nui pretty much assimilated into Chilean society? Do they still speak their language, or only Spanish?
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:54 am

Quoting Usair320 (Reply 43):
English:Thank you for your report. Where do you live in Chile? I have aunts and uncles that live in Vina Del Mar. I was in Chile in year 2004 and is very beutiful country. Lan is the best airline in South America. I want to visit Easter Island one day.)

I live in Santiago and thank you for the nice words about Chile!

Quoting Ptugarin (Reply 46):
By the way, are Rapa Nui pretty much assimilated into Chilean society? Do they still speak their language, or only Spanish?

I don't know if they are assimilated , I'd say they just accept it. They are incredibly proud about their ancestors and traditions and I'd say they feel (for obvious reasons) much closer to Tahiti or other South Pacific nations than Chile, though Rapa Nuis and continental chileans live in harmony.
And the vast majority of them are fluent in both Rapa Nui and Spanish languages.

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:18 am

Wow, that place looks awesome. I will definately move it up on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the great trip report.
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:04 am

Quoting Lan_Fanatic (Reply 11):
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.

Well, this is of course a very simplistic account of facts. Let's say,at least, that the Chilean army has not always been as "nice" as it is now with the Rapa Nui people as it is now. Also, some Rapa Nuians would rather have the island be independent, or be part of Polinesia, to which they have (how else could it be ?) stronger cultural links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island

Actually, the Chilean government is now studying a new bill that would grant greater the islands greater political freedom . They would be treated as a somewhat autonomous community.

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