SCL – MEX: January 14th, LAN 622. B767-300. Seat 3A
Please see the previous legs here:
What is it with older well-to-do people in Latin America that they feel they have the right to interrogate you? What’s your name? Where are you from?
I am talking about my seat mate. He was this Mexican guy who was 70 years old (I peaked at his passport when he was filling his immigration documents). He was beyond arrogant. I answered politely a couple of his questions and put my headphones on afterwards. He got the clue.
This flight was full, both in Business and in Economy. There was this family who was traveling in business (4 children) and they caused quite a commotion while trying to seat together.
We got the new business class and I have to say it is fantastic. It looks very clean and classy. More so than the one from Qantas that looks plain and un-happening. The TV screens are huge and the cabin felt clean and open.
We were offered orange juice, water and… PISCO SOUR!!! Ah, this is the life. The jerk to my right (it wasn’t that bad, but it’s fun to exaggerate a little bit) also took a pisco sour but said loudly he didn’t like it… it was too sour. Whatever.
The flight attendant on our side of the plane came and introducer herself to each single passenger. That was really nice touch. We pushed back right on time and the pilot told us that the flight would take us 8 hours and 10 minutes.
We pushed back right on time and taxied the long way to runway 17R. We took off and turned right. We had a very nice view of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.
My ride from EZE to SCL:
Take off video:
Santiago (as polluted as I remember it):
Valparaiso and Viña:
We were offered something to drink and I got another pisco sour. I think that service was good but a little slow. It took a long time for them to bring the food and take the trays. Please see a picture of the food (I remembered to take pictures this time!!!). I ordered a nice corn soup and a salad. I am getting chubbier with this trip.
Desert was nice vanilla ice cream from Haagen Dazs (there goes the diet). I forgot to take picture of this.
I put the seat on the horizontal position to compare it to that of Qantas, and it was better. I started surfing at the entertainment system. It was good and fun. Perhaps the movie selection was a little odd, but it was good. I believe that they have the same entertainment system in economy but with smaller screens (I flew LAN in January last year and it was the same entertainment system).
I watched Election with Reese Witherspoon. It was a pretty fun movie. After that I watched another movie… which was it??? I can’t remember.
I was fighting really hard not to fall asleep as I wanted to sleep the whole night in Mexico City. Have you flown this route? It is very bumpy and according to the flight attendant it is always this way. Especially when crossing the equator. Actually we flew over the Galapagos Islands but they were covered in clouds.
The flight attendants did not come once to offer water or anything during the flight. I thought this was odd as they were really nice and professional. They were, however, very interested in selling their duty free products and kept coming with the catalogue and announcing sales on the speakers.
When we were going to arrive into Mexico, we were offered a very plain sandwich, nothing to say about it. I, of course, forgot to take pictures of it. My bad.
Pictures of clouds (that’s my artistic side coming out):
Landing in Mexico City must be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. You start flying over the city very early in the process and you are somewhat low as you are flying over the mountains that slope down into the rest of the city. You think you are always flying at the same altitude with respect to the city but you are descending all the time. Well, also there is city galore. I mean, I knew over 24 million people lived here, but come on, it is way too much. This place is huge. You are flying somewhat fast as the city sits at 2000 meters. I loved the landing. Please see the video. It’s a bit long and nighttime, but it’s ok:
We taxied to the new terminal and deplaned quickly enough. Immigration was a breeze and this is when it got stupid. You could see outside the airport as all walls were made of glass. You could see the conveyor belt and the following stupid procedure: they would unload bags on the conveyor belt (which was not moving) until it got full on that side (outside). Then they had a nice doggie smell each single bag for drugs and the like. Then they would move those bags inside the terminal (for people to collect) and then repeat the procedure. Now, their side of the conveyor belt was rather small, so it took over an hour for my bag to come inside (with business class tags which made absolutely no difference). It was soooo inefficient. Then you went through customers where you had to hit a button that activated a traffic light. If you got the green light you could go through, if you got the red light, you had to open every single bag you had. I hated this airport.
Our company driver was waiting outside and I ended up arriving to my hotel at 9PM.
Here are some pictures of Mexico for you guys:
Other cool pictures (I could get a prize for some, I know):