This is Part II
of a previous report contemplating the CCS
Segment. You can find that report here.
Part I Peru Trip - CCS-LIM With LA Y Cabin (by mvecchi4 Sep 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
The LIM-CUZ segment
Howdy there again A.netters. Welcome back!
After three wonderful days in Lima, it was time to head over to Machu Picchu and get to Cusco.
Here’s the route.
As I indicated before this section was flown with StarPeru. While writing this report I made a search for Star Peru and nothing came up. A couple of weeks later I noticed someone else posting the same segment. So this a complement to that report.
There was a situation regarding my reservation and how StarPerú handled it.
I bought my tickets online very easily in May and I got an update on the schedule in June (the flight was being pulled ahead), but then, while I was in peru (with limited access to email) they sent a third change in the scheduled which we didn’t know at the time.
We were notified of this while we were checking in at 5.20am.
My girlfriend was furious. The flight was sent back to its original schedule and we could have one more hour of sleep? (Don’t mess with her sleep!!!). I was uncomfortable with the situation, but she took it personal and was very angry. I'm guess that whomever notices flight changes while checking in would feel the discomfort.
If it were a delay I guess I wouldn’t mind, but this last minute change was not too pleasant.
Anyways back to the Trip Report.
We arrived to the airport close to 2.5 hours before the flight (4.30am) and this is how the airport looks:
Long lines to get to terminal.
More traffic (At 4am)
Unloading our ride.
View of the airport at night.
Here’s a panoramic view of the terminal building.
Nearly empty StarPerú Counter.
I didn’t do the OLCI since I was having such a good time that I totally forgot about it. Pherhaps If had done it the night before I would’ve realized the time was changed.
Checking us in.
I have to admit that StarPeru’s uniforms were absolutely stunning. I give them credit for the design.
While we were being checked in the big line started to form behind us.
Boarding pass. KIU System like I said in my previous report.
Never heard of this airline. The counter was closed though.
This is the luggage tag. Plus a waiver I had to sign since my suitcase is damaged in one side (Thanks HKG
Check in counters for LC
“As Peruvian as you” reads the Spanish tagline.
‘s presence is clear in this airport. Pretty sure the second largest. It was empty though.
TueStar in the house!
Then we go on to the othe side of the counters to find LA
You can clearly see LANs superiority in LIM
. It is truly the dominant carrier in this airport.
Self service check in.
Check in machine.
runs on Dunkin too…
Ticket sales counters I think, or is it luggage service?
Nice quote from Fernando Belaunde, a former Peruvian President.
It reads “When the alps shrunk under peruvian wings, first overcoming the mountain tops, the heirs of the glory of Jorge Chávez accepted the daunting and wonderful challenge of the Andes. This airport is the nest of those Condors. Its gates open wide to its visitors like open wings.”
The airport was dedicated and named after Jorge Chavez, a peruvian aviation pioneer.
Pardos Chicken. Delicious Peruvian food.
The food court is Ok, though there are not so many choices. You can still get a decent meal though. Also, given the time (6am) I was happy to see all the stores and the food court open.
Papa John’s “Coming soon” to LIM
Domestic movements at LIM
After our quick breakfast we went through security and it was a breeze. In less than 5 minutes we were airside.
Here’s a look of the terminal at this hour. This is around 6.45am
flight to CUZ
. I was pretty glad I wasn’t flying LA
at this point.
and 2I side by side.
This is the plane going to CUZ
. I’m not sure what the delay is at this point.
To get to our gate, we had to go down these stairs.
Panoramic view of the bus gates. This is around 7am (it gets crowded later)
Carry on luggage tester.
At this point I heard a PA announcing that the delayed CUZ
flight (which was in the floor above) was to move to a gate in the lower floor. So it starts getting crowded.
“Peru” branding on a Peruvian Airlines bird. I think its great that authentic Peruvian airlines are embracing the “Peru” brand and incorporating it into their planes. I’m guessing they’re traying to differentiate themselves to foreign branded carriers (who actually dominate the Peruvian market like TA
’s delayed CUZ
flight following m e.
That particular flight was overbooked and they began looking for passengers to give up seats throught their Voluntary Denied Boarding process. After they announced it they persuaded a group of young footballers (my guess because of their unform) and I think the whole team gave up their seats.
Once again I was happy not to be flying LA
Carry on luggage tester.
Delayed unhappy LA
I’m guessing “Regul Call” means boarding. But there were no ground agents for LP
Peru to be seen anywhere in the lower floor.
Panoramic view of the lower floor at 8am (crowded)
My ride to the plane.
Peru Q200 right?.
’s superiority at LIM
in full swing.
Another look at LA
And here’s my ride to CUZ
. I can see a Peruvian B737 beside it.
BAe 146 from Star Perú.
Another view of the bird.
Once more. Just for those BAe lovers around here.
Anybody know what this is?
Again, the “Peru” branding.
Ramp crew hard at work.
Entering the aircraft.
August 9th 2012
Lima (Callao) – Perú (LIM
Cusco – Perú (CUZ
Scheduled Departure Time:
Actual Departure Time:
Scheduled Arrival Time:
Actual Arrival Time:
People getting in the aircraft. It was pretty well maintained.
As I try to put my backpack in the overhead bin I notice that the bin above my seat if smaller than the rest (actually those for rows 7 to 9. Apparently that’s where the wings meet, so the bins are smaller and almost nothing fits there. So I had to go to the back of the plane to put my backpack in the bin – I’m a big man and there was no way I was going to put it under the seat in front of me.
Star Peru’s travel company Star Travel was making heavy promotion of their packages and destinations.
A few moments later captain Samuel Perez introduced himself and his crew, the chief attendant started the safety demo and we taxied to the runway.
After a powerful takeoff (2 engines on such a small plane), we were airborne and just 10 minutes in the air the meal service started.
A look at the meal. I know most of you don’t like boxed meals, but this was nice.
And the most important part? That yellow soft drink is Inca Cola, the leading soft drink in Peru and an absolute delight (For other Venezuelans here: I thought it was “Colita” but yellow instead of red) I loved it.
I found those red handles interesting. Easing up the pouring process.
Contents of the box.
Side of the box. Here’s their FF
program and a QR
Code for scanning.
Oh, and you can see the “Peru” branding once again.
Oh, and there was a Vulcan on the plane.
So then Captain Perez announced that we had started our descent into CUZ
This was one of the smoothest landing I’ve ever experienced on an aircraft. We could bearely feel the touchdown. Captain Perez was a master in this BAe.
I think the sound of the overhead bin opening was the hardest sound we heard while touching down. This bin popped open while taking off and while landing.
In this case, it was not HSBC the one greeting us at the destination, it was BCP (Bando de Credito del Peru). Note that Star uses Jetways in CUZ
, but buses in LIM
A look at the plane from inside the terminal.
I’m pretty sure this was the LA
flight that was delayed before which took off moments before we did at LIM
Baggage claim area.
Arrival area at CUZ
The pills for high altitude sickness. Note that CUZ
is at 3400kms above SL
(over 11000 feet I think?).
Just outside the airport.
All in all the experience with Star Perú was good. I have to admit the BAe 146 was a new experience for me but I can understand the evolution the aircraft market had to the current models in production. The issue with the wings and the smaller overhead bin was , for me, unacceptable.
I can only guess that having 4 engines on a small plane also affects the efficiency in fuel consumption, so that’s a downside.
The staff, ground agents and crew were very kind and attentive, they have an A+. And the pilot gets an A++ for the perfect landing.
On a last note, the uniforms at StarPeru are wonderful.
Oh, I tweeted that we were not happy with the exchedule changes they sent by email while we were in Peru and the airline staff responded asking for more information. Although I provided my booking code and explained I never received further responde (I understand they couldn’t actually do anything at this point) but I guess I would’ve like to hear from them further.
[b][Return trip highlights(b]
bird in the old livery. How long has TA
taking to replace all its planes? Did they stop the change when they merged with AV
? Is this an indication of a change to AV
livery? (I’ve seen the discussion threads on possible brand mergers between AV
but this is a heads up).
Nice Peruvian Airlines livery.
Peruvian and TACA
Strange to see how the shades open in the middle (don’t mind the sleeping passenger)
Entrance to the Domestic Baggage Claim area.
Baggage claim area.
I mentioned to the check in agent that I had an international connection (With LA
) and they were kind enough to send the luggage with a “Priority” tag. This was a very nice touch.
I had my OLCI with LA
and I still had to get in this huge line for bag drop. I understand that a IB
A346 arrived late and passengers were mad!.
Our seats on the flight back.
Once again, LA
domination of LIM
This was a rare sight in LIM
. Does anybody know why these V0 B737 were here? V0 does not fly to LIM
Thanks for coming by and I hope you liked this “series” of this TR
Comments are always appreciated.
I have another report in the pipeline with AV
with the route VLN
(my first report from VLN
), and also the following will be happening in the future.
on Delta (DL) - late September
Airlines (S3) - December
on Copa Airlines (CM) - December