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Avianca MIA-BOG-SMR-BOG-MIA (PICS)

Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:11 pm

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For christmas my entire family (many people) decided to rent two beach front houses in Santa Marta - Colombia. Well, my family live in Bogota and they purchased tickets to SMR in P5 but I purchased mine in AV of course !  Smile

My trip starts in MIAMI:

AVIANCA (Airways of the American Continent)
MIA-BOG
Airbus 330
Dec. 20 - 2008
Load factor = 100%
J class.


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VIP room (Club America F):
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Very comfy...

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Multiple options of connectivity:

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The J Class of the new A320/319:

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Starting december 1st 2008, all AV menus incorporate Latin-American cuisine:

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After a couple of days at home in Bogota, the trip to SMR finally arrives:



AVIANCA (Airways of the American Continent)
BOG - SMR
Fokker 100
Dec. 23 - 2008
Load factor = 100%
J class.

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After a very quick check-in, a few pics of AV's terminal (with ugly xmas decorations):
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I did not go to the VIP room. A friend of mine was traveling coach. He works for AV and he was waiting for an available jump seat and he told me that when traveling like that, they are forbidden to use the VIP room, so I stayed with him.
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I love this AV terminal. You get to be so close to the planes. The smell of fuel, everything.. I love it...
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The company I work for (the subsidiary in Miami):
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One of the beach front houses in SMR:
http://arizainc.tripod.com/AV_330_2/IMG_0901.JPG



AVIANCA (Airways of the American Continent)
SMR - BOG
MD-83
Jan 3rd - 2008
Load factor = 100%
J class.


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The café at SMR:
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Thank god for air conditioning. They installed a few years on this very old terminal.
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AVIANCA (Airways of the American Continent)
BOG - MIA
AIRBUS 330
Jan - 2009
Load factor = Approximately 90%
J class


My dad taking me to the airport
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The new AV headquarters near the airport, still under construction:
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Arriving at BOG:
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After a quick check in, some pics of the outside and inside of the terminal, before going through security and emigration:
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P5's filter: It allows elite passengers to have quicker security and easier access to the boarding rooms. (Only for non - luggage passengers though)
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Regional ramp:
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Avianca's VIP room at BOG:
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Security:
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I spent a few minutes at the Admirals Club:
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Boarding time:
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First time I notice the little mirror to help passengers to see the back of the bins...
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Hot towels?
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Sorry, I was hungry and started eating when I remembered to take a picture :

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The chicken lasagna that I chose was excellent!!
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Waiting for the door to open to walk fast towards immigration. I was the first in line and got faster to customs and out to meet my girlfriend who picked me up!

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After great vacations, three types of airplane, AV great service, I feel great to start working my a$$ off and start paying all the December expenses.. LOL!

I am very lucky of being able to trying out the A-330 three times from/to MIA, now that this destination will get the 767s again due to the decision of AV to use the two new 330's to the Spain routes. The 330 is definitely a very comfortable plane, like it a lot.

I hope you enjoyed this TR! More to come soon (hopefully).
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Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:56 pm

Hola Ricardo!

Thanks for this interesting TR. You are now the best asset that Avianca has.

The J cabin in the A330 looks really nice and the food really great. Well done AV, together combined with Colombian coffee must be a really great experience.

I was just missing, as the song says, a picture of Santa Marta's train. 'Santa Marta tiene tren pero no tiene tranvía'.

Salut!

Roger
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Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:12 pm

Hello RICARIZA,

Great report! Especially the SMR one!

I would like to experience the powerful MD-83 takeoff out of SMR sometime!

Regards,

Suryo
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Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:47 pm

Awesome TR, always a pleasure to read.... thanks for sharing.
 
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Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:10 pm

I just wanted to express how I enjoyed seeing your trip report on Avianca and Colombia. I was born in Bogota and lived there until I was 12. So I always enjoy seeing pictures of el Dorado and the city whenever I can. Hope to make it back to Bogota in November this year, hear the city has really changed in many ways. I remember a flight back from Cartagena on an old Avianca Constellation. When my mother stood up to exit the plane, her heel went through the floor and got stuck. Fond memories! We even were allowed to bring our boxes of "live' crabs inside the cabin from the beach back to Bogota. Thanks for the report. James Hurst
 
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Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:01 am

Excellent report and great pictures. I love the tropical feel of the airport in Santa Marta, far from fancy, but very nice.

Legroom in the new J class looks rather tight in other pictures. How did you like it? Also, the seat is angled-flat, not lie-flat, right?

Thanks for sharing.
 
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Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:02 am



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 1):
Thanks for this interesting TR. You are now the best asset that Avianca has.

That's very nice of you to say. Thanks.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 2):
Great report! Especially the SMR one!

Glad you liked it...

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 2):
I would like to experience the powerful MD-83 takeoff out of SMR sometime!

it is an experience, no doubt.

Quoting PU752 (Reply 3):
Awesome TR, always a pleasure to read.... thanks for sharing.

Thank you!

Quoting JHurst (Reply 4):
I just wanted to express how I enjoyed seeing your trip report on Avianca and Colombia.

My pleasure..!

Quoting JHurst (Reply 4):
Hope to make it back to Bogota in November this year, hear the city has really changed in many ways

In many positive ways, you should definitely go.

Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 5):
Excellent report and great pictures.

Thanks

Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 5):
Legroom in the new J class looks rather tight in other pictures. How did you like it?

Well, on the 330 is very comfortable, A couple of inches less than IB or LA, but very comfortable, did you mean on the domestic flights?

Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 5):
Also, the seat is angled-flat, not lie-flat, right?

Angled-flat, yes...
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Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:14 pm

Nice report Ricardo, thanks for posting.

The J cabin in these 330's looks nice, though legroom looks a little tight, is it about the same as AA's, 68-70" ?

Shame these are being pulled from the MIA route, hoever they are better suited to the MAD route.

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Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:10 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
The J cabin in these 330's looks nice, though legroom looks a little tight, is it about the same as AA's, 68-70" ?

Not at all... it is very comfortable and the screen is not too far away, I like it.
http://arizainc.tripod.com/AV_330_2/IMG_0749.JPG

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Nice report Ricardo, thanks for posting.

Thank you
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Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:17 am

Great TR and nice photos of BOG's Terminal and the AV MD-83 at SMR! Thanks for sharing! I recently flew on AV between MIA and CTG and enjoyed the flights. AV certainly has come a long way.
 
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Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:34 am



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 6):
did you mean on the domestic flights?

No, I meant the A330. Good to hear it's actually better than it looks.

What were you offered on the BOG-SMR-BOG flights on J? Last time I flew BOG-MDE on J, I was only offered a choice between any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, though it was a late-night flight.
 
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Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:34 am



Quoting SCL767 (Reply 9):
Great TR

THANKS

Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 10):
What were you offered on the BOG-SMR-BOG flights on J? Last time I flew BOG-MDE on J, I was only offered a choice between any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, though it was a late-night flight.

Yeap, just that... I was expecting a little something "solid", but nop, just drinks, any drink though.
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Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:52 pm

Hi RICARIZA,

A great trip report. Thank you for all your efforts.

The new Business Class on the A330 looks quite impressive, especially the legroom and the PTV. Too bad, as you said, the 767s are soon going to be put on the MIA-BOG route; enjoy it while you can!!

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Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:10 pm



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 12):
A great trip report. Thank you for all your efforts.

THANK YOU!!
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Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:24 am



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 11):
Yeap, just that... I was expecting a little something "solid", but nop, just drinks, any drink though.

Who knows if this applies to early morning flights as well...

This seems kind of cheap to me. I know most US airlines offer only beverage service on domestic F in flights below 2 hours, but knowing that virtually ALL domestic flights in Colombia are below 2 hours, they should at least offer a cold snack on the longer routes.

I do seem to recall a picture that somebody put on Myaviation of a meal in a BOG-ADZ flight. I might be wrong though.


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Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:30 pm

Now that you say it, I recall having a pastry on an early flight to MDE...
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Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:32 am

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Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:58 am

Avianca is such a good airline with a consistent and reliable service. I flew avianca last summer and was positively impressed with the level of service, the good mannered crew, puente areo terminal attention.. everything was just perfect, the only downside was that my mother's luggage didnt make it to PTY with us but they had it delivered to the hotel next day.....
As I always say I hope some day (in the near future hopefully) Venezuela can have an airline as good as colombia does.





BEST REGARDS, EDGAR.
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:57 am

A video of a landing in SMR, sorry about the dog (LOL)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djw4AKJfg9A
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:37 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
though legroom looks a little tight,

Some other pictures; I personally find it very comfortable...

http://arizainc.tripod.com/A330NEW/IMG_0455.JPG


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Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:23 pm

Were there an AV / O6 press conference yesterday after all in BOG? Any news?
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