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Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:47 am

Hello everyone and welcome to my first trip report in airliners.net!
I have been reading TRs for years but I’ve never posted anything here. I enter here almost every single day, so I thought it was about time I contribute to one of my favorites sites on the web.

For the last two weeks my sister was planning to travel somewhere on her vacation and because my parents were in Brazil a few months back and really enjoyed their time there, she decided to go to Rio de Janeiro for a few days. I had just finished summer classes in college, so she asked me if I wanted to join her. I look up the fares on TACA’s website and the average cost is as high as US$ 800, which reminded once again how expensive it is to find good deals in South America. Anyways that wasn’t a problem for us because she works for Avianca-Taca, so we paid a minimum for our tickets  

Passport and ticket
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Jorge Chávez International Airport
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Few people at the TACA counter desks
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International departures at LIM
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The queue at security moved really fast
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Inmigration was done quickly as well
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LIM is a very nice airport: modern and with lots of space to sit and rest.
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There’s only thing that really bothers me about LIM. Walking through the terminal is like walking through a hall of mirrors! You can only see your reflection and it’s almost impossible to take a good pic because of the double window, but I still tried to take some pictures.

Iberia Airbus A340-600
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Air France Boeing 777-200
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Lima (LIM) - Rio de Janeiro Galeão (GIG)
Date: 13/03/2012
TACA Peru flight TA 142
Schedule departure: 9:50 pm
Schedule arrival: 4:50 am
Travel time: 5 hours
Aircraft: Airbus A320-100/200
Seat: 23F

Boarding went really smooth and orderly
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Our flight was done by one the old style TACA aircrafts
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Pretty good legroom (I’m 1.80 m or 5.9 feet tall)
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Recaro seat with safety instructions, entertainment guide and Explore Magazine
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See you soon Lima
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Flight was almost full
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Tonight in-flight entertainment is The Help
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At 11:30 crew began to serve dinner and the options were pasta bolognese or cilantro chicken
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Good presentation
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Dinner was just OK. The salad was really tasty and even though the noodles were good, there was almost none of the bolognese sauce. The meal also included bread with butter, a cookie and also a drink which came later on.
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I really liked this detail
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When the Help ended, an episode from Dr House was played
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Bathroom was old but clean
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A second round of drinks with chips came afterwards.
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Hello Rio
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We landed at 4:48am (local time) and the temperature in Rio was 26°C (78° F)
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I felt like immigration took forever! Besides the fact that there was a queue from our flight and another one from Copa Airlines, the staff was really slow.
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I’ve always read complaints about Brazilian airports and I thought they were overreacting but I can understand now their point of view. Terminal 1 was very outdated and the overall environment was really bland. Not a good impression and I was hoping a lot more from one of South America’s most important airports.
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Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. The landscape surrounding the city just makes it even better, but the city itself exceeded my expectations. There’s a lot movement and the people were very nice. Here are some pics I took from Rio.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
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A view of the Cristo Redentor
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Beach in Leblon (the neighborhood I stayed in)
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Me looking at Ipanema
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View from the cable car to Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)
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This was actually taken in Ilha Grande, which is located a few hours from Rio de Janeiro
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Me walking at the Botanical Garden
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On our way to the Cristo Redentor
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The view from up there was just breathtaking
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The statue
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View of Lagoa and Ipanema
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It was very crowded up there
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From time to time the fog covered the city
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After four amazing days in Rio, it was time to go home.

Rio de Janeiro Galeão (GIG) - Lima (LIM)
Date: 18/03/2012
TACA Peru flight TA143
Schedule departure: 5:52 am
Schedule arrival: 9:29 am
Travel time: 5:37 hours
Aircraft: Airbus A320-100/200
Seat: 25A

Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport
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Our flight left from Terminal 1, which also handles the following airlines
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We arrived way too early so I decided to walk through the airport
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GOL crew eating a very late dinner
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On my way to terminal 2
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Terminal 2 is newer (and modern) than Terminal 1
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After a while we got back to the TACA counters to check in
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There was almost no one in security, so went through really quickly
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Immigration was empty
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International departures from T1
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Few people waiting to depart meant a lot of space to sit. I have to say though, these were the most uncomfortable seats I’ve ever sat on.
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Just after landing from Lima
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Boarding began at 5:40 am
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Today’s flight was almost full as well
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I just love TACA colors
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They also gave us a pillow and a blanket. In the previous flight they only handed out blankets.
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I really liked the change of light colors during take off
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Bye bye Rio
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And today’s in flight entertainment is…
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The Help (yes… again!)
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Breakfast options were a sandwich or scramble eggs. I chose the sandwich which had cheese in it and it was very good! The fruit salad was just as good.
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Flying over Bolivia
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And now over Lake Titicaca
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Second round of drinks with a small cake
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A few minutes before landing they handed out candies.
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Moments later we were descending
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We landed at 8.44 am
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TACA’s plane that brought me home
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We arrived with lots of other TACA flights so I knew what was going on in Immigration
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It seemed really crowded but we went through really quickly
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CONCLUSION

As usual TACA gave an extraordinary service. I enjoyed both flights very much: tasty food, great service and friendly crew. I’m used to travel in the Embraer 190, which they use for domestic flights and I love them because of the PTV but the schedule of the LIM-GIG flight allows you to sleep, so personal IFE is not really necessary. Rio de Janiero was just wonderful and I hope I can come back to see more other things. Brazil was way more cool than I expected and I loved everything about the country.

I would (most likely will) fly again on TACA and hopefully I will be making another TR anytime this year. Thank you for reading my TR, have a great day. 


Saludos,
Diego
 
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RE: Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:50 am

Mil gracias Diego, enjoyed every part of the report!

I just left Lima 2 months ago after I was based for 2.5 years in Lima, good memoris of thinking about Lima, the great Airport (including a great lounch), I used the aiport around 80 times during my time in Lima! and of course the nice people in Lima!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
I look up the fares on TACA’s website and the average cost is as high as US$ 800, which reminded once again how expensive it is to find good deals in South America

yes normally the fares are pritty high as general in SouthAmerica and specially Lima... but 1.5 years ago I used the very same flight for a bargain fare of 260 USD!! all in!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
Recaro seat with safety instructions, entertainment guide and Explore Magazine

also the seats are nice, I hade the seat pockets... nothing fits in

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
I really liked this detail

I am surprised as I was 3 weeks ago on a LIM-CCS TA flight in business and I had to ask for pepper and salt... the FA mentioned due to costs saving now the passengers have to ask ... well also other airlines are doing this since some time like LH etc.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
We landed at 4:48am (local time) and the temperature in Rio was 26°C (78° F)

the ETA is horror, specially as the red eye is quite short!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
I’m used to travel in the Embraer 190, which they use for domestic flights and I love them because of the PTV but the schedule of the LIM-GIG flight allows you to sleep

the Embraer 190 is my absolutly favourit aircraft! The TA onces for domestic ops are great, specially the business class, just amazing.

So thanks again or better to say muchisimas gracias, bringing back memorys!

saludos
Avianca
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RE: Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:06 am

¡ Hola y bienvenido al foro, Diego !   

Dude, nice report ! It's not everyday that you get to read trip reports featuring TACA Perú (or Lima Airport) here on A.Net, so this was a very nice surprise !

TACA is definitely a nice carrier, they offer a reliable service, but their airfares ex-Lima are really expensive !
By the way, I think it's just a matter of time for TACA to launch a second daily flight to Rio, those flights are always full !


Nice to see more Peruvians on A.Net ! Enjoy your time here !

Saludos,
Nicolás
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RE: Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:07 am

Hi Diego,

Very nice trip report with lots of nice photos! Brazil looks great too! I've never travelled to South America before which I always wanted to. TACA looks very nice with good service, clean aircraft and great mood lighting.

Thanks for sharing.

Win
 
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RE: Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:15 am

Hola Diego,

Bienvenidos to A.net! great to have another South American tripreporter here onboard.

Thank you very much for your great report. You have very nice pictures here! TACA Peru look good. I had the pleasure to fly them in December on LPB-LIM.

Were those people at curbside at Lima Airport waiting for check-in or just standing around?

LIM was a very nice and modern airport, but queues were horrible at the security checkpoint when connecting between international flights. This increases connection times and bares the risk of misconnections which is exceptionally bad for airlines based at LIM like TACA Peru.

I hope to see more reports from you in the future and I am looking forward to your contributions in other threads!
 
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RE: Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:33 am

Hi Diego

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing this with us. I enjoyed the Rio scenery.
However, the TACA 320 looked a bit cramped. Not my choice for a 5 hour ride.

Greetings
Marc
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RE: Taca Perú: Lima To Rio De Janeiro (with Pics)

Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:57 pm

Thank you guys for the nice words!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
yes normally the fares are pritty high as general in SouthAmerica and specially Lima... but 1.5 years ago I used the very same flight for a bargain fare of 260 USD!! all in!

I know right? The fares are very expensive here but you can get good deals sometimes, you just have to be alert! Although the prices can't be that low because South America (and I always forget about this detail) is a pretty big continent. I cannot believe you paid 260 USD!! It's a bargain! The industry discount helps me a lot and I paid like 80 USD all in  
Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
I am surprised as I was 3 weeks ago on a LIM-CCS TA flight in business and I had to ask for pepper and salt... the FA mentioned due to costs saving now the passengers have to ask ... well also other airlines are doing this since some time like LH etc.

I was really surprise by this comment, because the salt and pepper were handed out for each passenger in this flight. I didn't ask for them and I still have both of them in my night stand jajaja

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
the ETA is horror, specially as the red eye is quite short!

Actually the return flight schedule is even worse! You have to be at the airport at 3am or so... which is so tiresome!!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
the Embraer 190 is my absolutly favourit aircraft! The TA onces for domestic ops are great, specially the business class, just amazing.

I love the Embraer 190 too!! I like the PTV even though they are completely unnecessary for such short flights! There are movies and everything but there's usually only time to watch an episode from Modern Family or The Middle. Although last time my dad flew with TACA, they shut down all PTVs ¬¬

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 2):
TACA is definitely a nice carrier, they offer a reliable service, but their airfares ex-Lima are really expensive !
By the way, I think it's just a matter of time for TACA to launch a second daily flight to Rio, those flights are always full !

I was really shocked to see the flight so full!! I knew they were doing good, but it's nice to see the traffic to and from Lima is growing   The flight that is not doing so well was the one from Porto Alegre, I heard they were not that full but it's a 3 weekly flight so I guess it doesn't TACA that much!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 3):
Brazil looks great too! I've never travelled to South America before which I always wanted to. TACA looks very nice with good service, clean aircraft and great mood lighting.

Brazil was just awesome and I encourage everyone to visit that beautiful country! South America has a lot to offer, so I hope you can come to Perú, Brazil or another destination any time soon!!!

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):
Were those people at curbside at Lima Airport waiting for check-in or just standing around?

The people were just standing there. I understand you had connecting flights here, so you probably didn't see the counter area. This area is located between the domestic and the international arrival areas, so if you want to go from one to the other you must walk outside the terminal or go the second floor and pass the restaurant and airlines offices. That's why there's always people outside the airport.

Quoting volvair (Reply 4):
LIM was a very nice and modern airport, but queues were horrible at the security checkpoint when connecting between international flights. This increases connection times and bares the risk of misconnections which is exceptionally bad for airlines based at LIM like TACA Peru.

So sorry to hear that   Thanks for the information, I honestly didn't know that! I believe LIM has gotten to small for the amout of passengers who want to connect here.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
However, the TACA 320 looked a bit cramped. Not my choice for a 5 hour ride.

The flight wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it would be, but I agree with you. I guess it's nobody's choice, because TACA only has narrow body jets. The South American destinations you can fly to with wide body aircrafts (from Lima) are Caracas, Guayaquil, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago; and these are operated by LAN.

Again, thank you for your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the TR  
 
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:30 pm

I enjoyed reading your trip report. I am travelling to Lima from Miami with LAN in 2 weeks so it was great to see some photos of the Airport. I was actually surprised to see that Lima Airport looks very modern, efficient and clean with plenty of amenities for passengers. I have a few internal flights within Peru as well so no doubt I will post a trip report at the end.
 
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:38 pm

Hi Avianca!

Fantastic TR - I loved reading this! TACA seems like it has an excellent hard product. Would love to try them sometime! Always great to see well-managed and successful Latin American airlines deliver good quality, especially in Y  

A few things to note:

+ Lima seems to be an excellent airport. Yes, sadly the shape of Brasilian airports leave much to be desired. Wait till you see the TR I have to post on the condition at GRU!

+ Rio de Janeiro is one of my favorite cities. Glad you had the chance to enjoy it. Weather seemed somewhat spotty when you went?

+ Found it funny that at GIG, signs were still in Continental (not changed to United) and they seemed to have bundled COPA and Alitalia on one side. Haha.

+ Totally digging the TACA ad at the check-in counters at GIG with the Arenal volcano coming from the dude's cappuccino. Awesome.

+ How did you feel about the seat differences on the outbound journey versus the inbound?

+ "The Help" is a great movie. Hope you had the chance to enjoy it!
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Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:46 pm

Thanks a lot for the report. I just love Lima's airport - though, I do miss the "old days", and walking to the planes.

Anyways, sadly, choices keep dwindling for us in LA. Elsewhere, TACA's offering would be mediocre - but here, they are a reliable enough way to travel around.

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:04 am

Hi everyone! Just to comment on your comments...

Quoting jrn216 (Reply 7):
I am travelling to Lima from Miami with LAN in 2 weeks

I'm really looking forward to reading this report! It's been like 10 years since I've flown to Miami in LAN's 767.

Quoting jrn216 (Reply 7):
I have a few internal flights within Peru as well so no doubt I will post a trip report at the end.

Are you flying with LAN during your entire trip? I really hope you enjoy your time here in Perú. In fact, I know you will  
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 8):
+ Lima seems to be an excellent airport. Yes, sadly the shape of Brasilian airports leave much to be desired. Wait till you see the TR I have to post on the condition at GRU!

Actually I didn't find the airport as bad as some travellers. Sure, it was very outdated but overall still functional. Although that's probably because of the flight schedule I had (as you can see there were few people at the airport). I hope you post some pics of GRU too!

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 8):
+ Rio de Janeiro is one of my favorite cities. Glad you had the chance to enjoy it. Weather seemed somewhat spotty when you went?

The first two days were very sunny but the last two were really foggy, which was a pity because we planned the trip to Cristo Redentor and Sugarloaf Mountain those last two days.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 8):
+ Found it funny that at GIG, signs were still in Continental (not changed to United) and they seemed to have bundled COPA and Alitalia on one side. Haha.

Actually, when I was at terminal 2, the new signs for United were there! I distinctly remember it because it was next to the TAP Portugal desk (I'm huge fan of TAP livery!).

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 8):
+ How did you feel about the seat differences on the outbound journey versus the inbound?

I honestly didn't feel any diference... But the newer design seems so much more stylish than the older one  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 9):
Elsewhere, TACA's offering would be mediocre - but here, they are a reliable enough way to travel around.

While I understand your point of view, I consider that TACA still offers a better service than most airlines here in LatAm.

Thank you once again for all you comments!

Saludos
 
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:34 am

Hola Diego,
Gracias por compartir tu reporte de viaje, muy buena las fotos, informacion y detalles.
Saludos
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:05 am

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 6):
I know right? The fares are very expensive here but you can get good deals sometimes, you just have to be alert! Although the prices can't be that low because South America (and I always forget about this detail) is a pretty big continent. I cannot believe you paid 260 USD!! It's a bargain! The industry discount helps me a lot and I paid like 80 USD all in

heay, I think I am a kind of especialist regarding cheap fares... 260 USD to GIG as mentioned or 250 USD to MDE ex LIM or 1400 USD to HKG from LIM etc... I love to find cheap fares...

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 6):
Actually the return flight schedule is even worse! You have to be at the airport at 3am or so... which is so tiresome!!

yeah, specially if you have to go to the office after the arrival in LIM like it was in my case ...

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 6):
I love the Embraer 190 too!! I like the PTV even though they are completely unnecessary for such short flights! There are movies and everything but there's usually only time to watch an episode from Modern Family or The Middle. Although last time my dad flew with TACA, they shut down all PTVs ¬¬

well I like the PTV also but couldnt agree more on your comment... but on the other side I had on nearly all my domestic TACA flights in Peru problems with my PTV, I am also not a big fan of touch screens in PTV's on aircrafts!

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:08 am

Hi Diego!

I too, really enjoyed your report! I have never been to Lima or Peru and enjoyed the photos of that airport. It looks very nice!
Rio De Janeiro has become a second home for me and I travel their frequently. Maybe someday I will connect in Lima, it looks much nicer than several other airports that I have used to connect.
I have never flown with Taca and they also looked like a nice carrier.

Thanks again for the great report!

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:15 pm

Hi aeroperu89 !
firstly congratulations on the first report ... are you sure about that heheheheh ...
really enjoyed reading it since I am a big fan of Latin America especially aviation ... so each trip report from your region is a enjoyment for me
thanks for your time and sharing your Rio trip with us
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:33 pm

Saludos Diego!

I love your a.net name better!!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
Hello everyone and welcome to my first trip report in airliners.net!

Great first report and looking forward to more. TACA looks like a great airline.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
I enter here almost every single day

Welcome to the addiction of a.net!!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
LIM is a very nice airport: modern and with lots of space to sit and rest.

Looks like a really great airport.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):

Tonight in-flight entertainment is The Help

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Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. The landscape surrounding the city just makes it even better, but the city itself exceeded my expectations. There’s a lot movement and the people were very nice. Here are some pics I took from Rio.

And what a great city to start your first trip report with!!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):

The view from up there was just breathtaking
Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
It was very crowded up there

I think i would spend a whole day up there!! Looks like a lot of stairs to climb once you get to the place. How much does the trip up there cost?

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
The statue

A true icon of Rio!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):

From time to time the fog covered the city

How magical!!
 
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:45 pm

Again, thanks for the nice words!

Quoting Patagon (Reply 11):
Gracias por compartir tu reporte de viaje, muy buena las fotos, informacion y detalles.

Muchas gracias Patagon!! En verdad quisiera haber podido tomar mejores fotos pero pasó algo con la cámara y tuve que improvisar con mi celular  
Quoting Avianca (Reply 12):
well I like the PTV also but couldnt agree more on your comment... but on the other side I had on nearly all my domestic TACA flights in Peru problems with my PTV, I am also not a big fan of touch screens in PTV's on aircrafts!

I forgot about that detail! You're so right Avianca, TACA's PTVs are really hard to use... but once you get the hand of it, then it's ok.

Quoting HALFA (Reply 13):
Rio De Janeiro has become a second home for me and I travel their frequently. Maybe someday I will connect in Lima, it looks much nicer than several other airports that I have used to connect.

Thank you HALFA! Rio de Janeiro was just incredible! I loved the city, the people, the culture   I hope you can get flight that connects here so you can see yourself how great LIM is! It has improved so much over the past 10 years and I'm glad people are noticing that.

Quoting stipica (Reply 14):
firstly congratulations on the first report ... are you sure about that heheheheh ...

Thank you very much stipica! Like I said I've reading trip reports for years so I tried my best to get right  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
I love your a.net name better!!

Thank you flightsimboy! I chose the name of one of my favorite airlines ever! I have great memories from flights I took with Aeroperú and I miss it very much.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 15):
I think i would spend a whole day up there!! Looks like a lot of stairs to climb once you get to the place. How much does the trip up there cost?

I should have stayed the whole day... I got to see the city but only for a brief moment, beacuse of the clouds. It was still nice, though. I paid 50 reales (27 USD or so) to ride on the tram, but you can also take a bus to get to the statue (I don't know the price on that, sorry). The thing with the tram is that it gets full very quickly. so you have to buy the tickets really early. And to get down to the station, you must wait a long time while doing a long queue. This was the part of the trip which I didn't like at all.
Once you're up there, you can take the lift and escalators to the top; but it nicer to walk and it takes like ten minutes to get to the top.

Saludos,
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:13 pm

Hi Aeruperu89!

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures!

Great that you flew to Rio De Janiero which is a fantastic city! I visited there in 1996 and had a great time and hope to go there again in October this year.

Taca seems to be a nice carrier but the departure and arrival times to and from Lima are absolutely horrible!

Looking forward to your next report!

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:48 pm

Hola Diego!!

Excelent first TR! Congrats! My first TR was never close to the level of yours.

I love TACA, it´s one of my favorite airlines in South/Central America. And I just realized I need to re-visit Rio again soon  

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:41 pm

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 16):
I should have stayed the whole day... I got to see the city but only for a brief moment, beacuse of the clouds. It was still nice, though. I paid 50 reales (27 USD or so) to ride on the tram, but you can also take a bus to get to the statue (I don't know the price on that, sorry). The thing with the tram is that it gets full very quickly. so you have to buy the tickets really early. And to get down to the station, you must wait a long time while doing a long queue. This was the part of the trip which I didn't like at all.

Thank you for the information provided!
 
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:31 pm

Great TR very pleasant to read with some nice shots. It's rare to see reports covering GIG on a.net. Keep them coming!
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:59 pm

Good report! Looks like TACA provides a nice service on a flight of this length - food looks good, and how nice that you had what looked like easy flights, and no delays, etc.

I would love to visit Rio - definitely on my bucket list.

Thanks for sharing!

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Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:22 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Taca seems to be a nice carrier but the departure and arrival times to and from Lima are absolutely horrible!

I know... they schedule is just horrible!! Hopefully in the future there will be a second daily flight and we will be spared from that misery  
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 18):
I love TACA, it´s one of my favorite airlines in South/Central America. And I just realized I need to re-visit Rio again soon

Thanks for the words Adam and yeah, I love TACA as well! Hey you didn't tell me you've been to Rio, when was that?

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 19):
Thank you for the information provided!

No problem, if you need to know anything else please let me know!

Quoting AF086 (Reply 20):
It's rare to see reports covering GIG on a.net

I realized that too! Actually there aren't many reports from this part of the continent, which makes me sad and that's why I get excited whenever I found a TR from South America  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 21):
Good report! Looks like TACA provides a nice service on a flight of this length - food looks good, and how nice that you had what looked like easy flights, and no delays, etc.

I've only used TACA for domestic flights, but the international flight was just great and the food was very good. I really enjoyed the flight!

Thank you all for the comments!
 
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Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:41 pm

HI Diego.

Excellent report - i really enjoyed the reading and the photos. I noticed you are not scared of taking pictures at immigration and security so well done.

I am surprised by the state of GIG - what a horrible airport. With a buoyant economy, I am surprised this has not been addressed. Still, doesn't seem to loose them any customers.

Taca seemed a good airline too - though perhaps they could consider a bigger aircraft on such a long route.

Thanks!

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Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:43 am

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 22):
Thanks for the words Adam and yeah, I love TACA as well! Hey you didn't tell me you've been to Rio, when was that?

Your welcome Diego   Oh yes, I have been in Rio as a chibolito, so I cannot say I really remember much. I have this old picture of me drinking a coconut at Copacabana beach   that is why I really need to re-visit!!

Oh, and I just noticed that the AR flight to EZE was cancelled the day of your flight. It made my laugh, typical   Its a pity thought, that such a famous airline is now doing so poorly...

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Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:35 pm

HI Diego. Thanks for sharing this experience. Rio is one of my favourite cities. So beautiful! The place and the people! TA looks as they have a nice YCL service. That early morning departure sure would be tough!   Cheers, Will
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Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:25 am

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 23):
Excellent report - i really enjoyed the reading and the photos. I noticed you are not scared of taking pictures at immigration and security so well done.

Thanks Luke, but I have to admit I was kinda scared... The thing, is most of the pics were taken with my cellphone so it passed unnoticed. Actually something curious happened in Rio. After I took a pic of immigration in my arrival, I noticed a paper sign that said "no pics allowed"... I felt bad for a while but whatever, it was for a.net  
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 24):
Oh, and I just noticed that the AR flight to EZE was cancelled the day of your flight. It made my laugh, typical Its a pity thought, that such a famous airline is now doing so poorly...

Jajajaa I actually smiled when I saw it in GIG, because it wasn't a big surprise. After the "rebranding", I thought they would improve the service.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 25):
TA looks as they have a nice YCL service. That early morning departure sure would be tough!

Thanks for the words Will! TACA does offer a pretty good service, but you're right, the departure from Rio was just brutal!!

Greetings,
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Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:29 pm

Hi,

Welcome to A.net, and thanks for your TR.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
Our flight was done by one the old style TACA aircrafts

I'm flying for the first time with TA in june in what I considered a really good deal BOG-SAL-MCO-SAL-BGO for only 13.000miles. ONe thing I want to know is that if TA offers AVOD or only drop down LCD's for IFE??

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
I would (most likely will) fly again on TACA

Well, with that kind of discount you get thanks to your sister, I would be flying as much as I could!!! By the way, have your sister given you any thoughts on the AV-TA alliance??


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Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:35 am

Hello 777jaah

Quoting 777jaah (Reply 27):
ONe thing I want to know is that if TA offers AVOD or only drop down LCD's for IFE??

TACA drops down LCD's for IFE in the Airbus fleet. The embraer are equiped with PTV, so I hope you get to try them even though the touch screen can be tricky to use  
Quoting 777jaah (Reply 27):
Well, with that kind of discount you get thanks to your sister, I would be flying as much as I could!!! By the way, have your sister given you any thoughts on the AV-TA alliance??

Well I have used my discount a lot but until this trip to Rio, all the flights were domestic. My sister works for TACA Perú but she handles the Avianca flights. She hasn't said much about the alliance but I do know there have been some issues with the system. TACA has adopted the Avianca system for check in so everyone is still learning how to use it propperly. My sister actually went to Bogota to a course.
The staff in Rio took a long time to check us both and I remember the guy didn't know how to operate the system and he had to ask for help to his supervisor. It was funny because my sister knew but she was hesitant about telling him how to do it. But in the end we got through.

I hope you have a great flight and I hope to see a TR from you  

Saludos,
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Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:57 pm

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
Hello everyone and welcome to my first trip report in airliners.net!

Nice first report Diego! Thanks for posting. The Taca product looks good, although those flight times do not suite me AT ALL! Photos from Breazil were brilliant!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Thread starter):
I look up the fares on TACA’s website and the average cost is as high as US$ 800, which reminded once again how expensive it is to find good deals in South America. Anyways that wasn’t a problem for us because she works for Avianca-Taca, so we paid a minimum for our tickets

Wow, that is expensive - lucky you could get cheap flights!
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Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:50 pm

Hi Diego,
Very nice first report! Enjoyed it very much with some very nice pictures of Rio!
Lima looks like a very clean, spacious and modern, very nice.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:13 am

Thanks for posting about Taca, Diego. I've always wondered about them and what their planes looked like from the inside. I unfortunately rarely have the chance to fly them, but it's great to see your pics and find out. Not bad!

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