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Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:02 am

Hello fellow A.netters,

Welcome to my new trip report based on a couple domestic flights within wonderful Venezuela in aircraft that perhaps, are several years older than most of us readers here.

I decided to book myself and a friend who came to visit from Italy on a couple flights, to show-off the awesome �brand-new� pieces of equipment that our reliable airlines have got to offer. This time, the best option was to go to Margarita Island, an amazing place where I was pretty sure the Italian dude would have fallen in love with.

After spending a few minutes in the internet, I got our e-tickets printed out from the rather simple web-sites Laser Airlines and Avior Airlines feature. The schedule for our flights was as follows:

    Caracas (SVMI/CCS) � Porlamar (SVMG/PMV)
    Flight 8Z 908
    LASER Airlines, DC-9-30
    October 17th, 2007.
    16.45

    Porlamar (SVMG/PMV) � Barcelona (SVBC/BLA)
    Flight 9V 1129
    Avior Airlines, Beech 1900D
    October 19th, 2007.
    16.30

    Barcelona (SVBC/BLA) � Caracas (SVMI/CCS)
    Flight 9V 1030
    Avior Airlines, Boeing 737-2H4Adv
    October 19th, 2007.
    18.30

The other options were with the usual Conviasa 737s �which I�ve flown way too many times- and with the common DC-9s from Aserca Airlines. Unfortunately the price on this option was too high for such a short trip; therefore, we chose this cool itinerary with one connection at an airport that wasn�t in my list of visited airports.

Having all set, our trip started on October 17th. After spending the whole day touring Caracas, we headed down to the airport and went to the desks from Laser Airlines. This modest airline performs exclusively flights from Caracas to Porlamar and back on a daily basis with frequencies dependant on the demand of seats. On the day of our trip, the line was rather short and we got our boarding passes in no more than 12 minutes. As soon as we paid the airport tax we headed to the departures area after going through the easy check points. As we got there, spotting time begun.

Aserca�s DC-9 parked at gate 8
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Other Aserca�s DC-9s parked in the remote stands
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Dominance of this carrier in the domestic area
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Venezuela�s domestic traffic is one of the most interesting �for some- and boring of the world. In my case, I must admit I�m fed up of the million DC-9s and 732s we get to see at CCS, but on the other hand, European people tend to go nuts after they see these pieces of equipment that are infrequently under 35 years old. This however provides the tarmac at CCS with colorful variety of visitors, which mixed result in a pretty nice photo:

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LH Flight to FRA
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As we approached our assigned gate 10 �located at the far left side of the domestic terminal- we grabbed our cameras again and proceeded to shoot some photos of the 40 year-old aircraft originally delivered to Swissair, intended to fly us to Margarita.

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My friend�s face was something unexplainable due to the prehistoric thing he had in front... On the other hand, me� well, I would have preferred to fly on a new Embraer or something similar!

Flight 1
Caracas (SVMI/CCS) � Porlamar (SVMG/PMV)
Flight 8Z 908
LASER Airlines, DC-9-30, YV167T
October 17th, 2007.
Scheduled departure: 16.45



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Anyhow, a bit delayed, boarding started at 16.35; roughly 10 minutes before scheduled departure. We gave our boarding passes to the lady at the gate and went through the worn jet-bridge towards the �young� flying machine. As we got inside, took some photos and went all the way back to our assigned seats: 18A and 18B. My friend however, found a free spot behind me and sat next to the window in my back� everyone happy and no reason for a fight!

Time passed and the Captain made an unusual announcement, saying he was proud to be flying that specific flight because some person (who was mentioned but I never heard of) was inside, and then proceeded with the usual flight info, saying that flight time to Margarita would be 35 minutes, at an altitude of 21.000ft and speed of 895Km/h.

Finally after a few minutes, we were being pushed-back while our engines were being turned on by an external power unit. By 16.55 we were on our way to Runway 10 taxiing in front of a TACA A320 and the Alitalia�s gorgeous 767 bounded for MXP.

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Then, at 17.12 an awesome roar from the �fresh� engines rolled us down runway 10 and made us become airborne towards the Island of Margarita. Pretty exciting, I must say. (Apologies, but no videos this time� my camera is busted)

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Our hike to the announced FL210 was smooth and uneventful. As soon as we reached cruising altitude, the cute flight attendants started the in-flight meal and beverage service (on a 35 minute flight!). I, as a good Venezuelan, chose to have a Scotch on the rocks (Something Special) with the offered Ham and Cheese sandwich. Great snack, I must say! Accompanied by a good leg-space (considering the size of the aircraft!)

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Then after I finished eating the tasty sandwich, the captain pulled back the thrust and took us down gently. We then started the approach procedures and got in-sight the most occidental part of the Island called Punta Arenas at 17.37, meaning we were some 30 miles out of the airport.

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Then, as we passed next to the National Park ��Laguna La Restinga��, the captain deployed the flaps and pulled down the gear. The final approach was quite noisy, but pretty fun. Check out the pictures.

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A nice close up of the ailerons of this elder flying machine
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Landing was quite soft I must say. We touched down at Runway 9 at 17.45, a few minutes behind schedule. Then, taxied quickly and parked next to a rare visitor; ArkeFly�s Boeing 763 from AMS and other domestic carriers (Conviasa�s ATR-42 and Aeropostal�s DC-9).

For our surprise, the rear door was opened so we deplaned through grandpa�s butt. But before, took my time to immortalize the guts of the old man. Here�s the evidence!

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This is the picture
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That�s me taking it
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Then myself in front of the jet
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The other visitors
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ArkeFly from AMS, ex-Air Canada
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Then, took some time to shoot some photos and went inside the airport to grab our bags and head to the apartment to have some rest and enjoy a couple of days in this amazing place. Here are some photos of our experience in Margarita (feel free to contact me if you want to know more about the island!).

Margarita�s Airport

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And to end our magnificent vacation in the island:
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That�s it for our first trip!
After two amazing days in paradise, it was time to head back to the heart of the country, Caracas. We took a cab and went to the airport one hour prior the scheduled departure, heading straightly to the Avior counters to perform a quick check-in.

The polite staff member asked us for some ID and the printed e-tickets. After a quick move, the guy handed our boarding passes from PMV to BLA and from BLA to CCS. He explained that we were the only passengers in transit to CCS for which as soon as we got to BLA, we�d have to stay in the waiting area for connecting passengers. No problem for us.

Being through the security check-points, we sat at the assigned gate to wait for our flight to be called. A few seconds after sitting, I got anxious and went to the gate, opened it (please don�t do it in USA) and shot some photos at the two aircraft that were parked by then in the tarmac.

Flight 2
Porlamar (SVMG/PMV) � Barcelona (SVBC/BLA)
Flight 9V 1129
Avior Airlines, Beech 1900D, YV1367
October 19th, 2007.
16.30



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Photo © Miguel Garcia



Having that done, I went to relax and wait until someone came and called us to board. Some ten minutes later, a lady came and yelled (not announced) the departure of our flight, so all passengers must board at that time. We then passed through the gate and continued to photograph the tarmac, us included.

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Being inside this nice Beech 1900D, I got to capture the office, which was spotless. Enjoy.

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Soon later, being on a comfy exit row, the pilots of this prop started the engines and taxied us to Runway 9 at exactly 16.36, some 6 minutes behind schedule �unacceptable timing-  Smile

After a recorded safety announcement that could barely be heard by anyone in the cabin, the first officer pushed the thrust and took us down the runway to throw the light Beech up in the air at 16.40. What a fun little plane, the feeling is quite enjoyable. Here are the photos.

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A view of the Airport from the South
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Established at an unknown altitude, the only thing I did was gaze through the window and enjoy a pretty cool flight, with a decent amount of leg-space and a comfortable environment. Here the photos from the cabin:

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Incredibly, 13 minutes after take-off we started our way down to Barcelona. After passing some clouds and a bit of chop, the first officer took controls of the aircraft and landed easily at 17.08, passing next to the Venezuelan Air Force Sukhois, which have been recently delivered (sorry for the blurry pic)

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After an enjoyable short hop over the Caribbean from Margarita, we deplaned and starred at the brand-new terminal that�s being built at Barcelona. For my surprise, the construction is looking really good, with three full-glass jet-bridges and a nice blue scheme that will give a very nice touch to this airport which is one of the most important in the country. Glad for BLA!

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And then, the surprising traffic that comes to BLA:

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As we�ve been told, we stayed at the connections holding room, but as there was nothing else to do, a staff member (very gorgeous lady) came and stamped us with the airport tax so we could go out and walk in the terminal. Happily, we exit the holding room and realized there was nowhere to walk. The terminal was busy and too small! We walked up the stairs and sat at the restaurant for some 40 minutes, until our flight to Caracas was called. This is the only photo I though it was worth to take:



Passing once again through the security check-points at BLA, we stood at the crowded Gate 2 until a strong engine sound let us know that our ex-Southwest Boeing 737-2H4Adv had arrived. Then, 20 minutes later at 18.30, passengers were finally called to board.

Flight 3
Barcelona (SVBC/BLA) � Caracas (SVMI/CCS)
Flight 9V 1030
Avior Airlines, Boeing 737-2H4/Adv YV1361
October 19th, 2007.
18.30



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Our boarding passes handed out to the staff member meant our time to board this recently-configured 732. On our way to the jet, these photos were taken (sorry for the blurriness, no tripod)

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Once inside, photos of the Business Class this boy has to offer (they fly to MIA with this equipment from BLA)

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Then, we finally reached our seats located in row 15, A and B. Once we sat, I realized that the only snack I was going to have on the flight was the front seat. The leg-space was without a doubt the worst I had ever seen and the closeness of the front seat to my mouth was a cause of concern! One of the most uncomfy seats I�ve ever been on.

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Anyhow, the ground staff pushed us back while the crew announced the flight info: Flight time, 30 minutes at 18.000ft of cruising altitude. Then, a few minutes later, we ran down the runway to become airborne at 18.59, some 29 minutes behind schedule.

The procedure was smoothly done with a light turn to the west, bound for CCS. As soon as we were up at FL180, the flight attendants started with the beverage service. This time, no alcohol; I had to choose a boring peach juice that tasted like crap. Here it is:

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Having some fun
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Anyhow, after I zipped the last drop of the juice, we started our descent towards Maiquetia. Passing over the north side of the airport, the captain announced the landing while performing a tight left turn and lining up with Runway 10. Soon later, at 19.31, our main gear was touching down while the thrust reversers were applied producing an enormous sound that made me smile. Here�s a cheap try of taking a photo without enough light; my apologies.

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No time later, we parked at gate 10 (same as departure) and without notice, our trip was sadly over. On our way out of the plane, some last pictures of this jet:

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Once again, flying in Venezuela proved me that it is nothing near what aviation should be. Is more something like taking a bus than actually flying. Service on all flights was good, albeit austere. I would love to see newer aircraft and a better attitude from both the passengers and the crew of each airline, but for that, loads of things have to happen�

Having said this, I must admit that I felt comfortable with all flights. It was fun and for a really cheap price (if you calculate it in US Dollars). My Italian friend paid 66$ for all three flights including airport taxes� cheap, huh!?

Well guys, once again it was a pleasure to write stuff from my country to you. Please expect another Venezuelan report on the CCS-MAR route with Venezolana and Conviasa, it�s done�

Cheers,

Enrique.
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:28 am

Hey Enrique!!!! Nice trip report, Nice to see that Venezuelans Carriers offers better Services, I´m impressed with Laser service, better than I can imagine!!! As I can see in the pictures, the leg space is very good and the plane is still strong with almost 40 years Flying!!!!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
Venezuela�s domestic traffic is one of the most interesting �for some- and boring of the world. In my case, I must admit I�m fed up of the million DC-9s and 732s we get to see at CCS, but on the other hand, European people tend to go nuts after they see these pieces of equipment that are infrequently under 35 years old. This however provides the tarmac at CCS with colorful variety of visitors, which mixed result in a pretty nice photo:

Yes in my case is the Same, I´m getting bored for seeing always the same planes and Airlines but well Our DC9 and 732 is like our presentation card for Europeans spotters

I really like the net jet-briges at BLA I hope they can soon received more internationals flights from there!!!

Well Nice report and really nice photos too Saludos
 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:33 am

Hi Enrique, thanks for the T/R

No doubt that Aserca is now leading the Venezuelan domestic market. It's incredible to see how they have grown in a couple of years, and also very sad to see how Aeropostal is vanishing slowly.


Best Regards,

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:08 am

Hey Enrique excellent trip report man. The pictures on the tarmac in Santiago mariño international are awesome and so are the pictures you took while deplaning laser aircraft, I really like the new look Margarita airport has now, also good for barcelona which soon will be opening a new and modern terminal. Margarita airport brings me back a lot of good memories. Keep up the good work.



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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:16 am

It's interesting that so many European airlines operate to Santa Margarita and yet there is no service from the USA. However about 30 years ago Viasa had a flight from New York to Santa Margarita. My aunt took it and then also visited Caracas. Thanks for the pictures. I would not feel comfortable flying on these old planes and yet the safety record seems to be a good one in Venezuela,
 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:17 am

Really interesting read.

Enjoyed to read dit so much.

The pics are great.

Thank you for sharing.

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:20 am

Hey Enrique! Great trip report - especially the flight itself... the flight attendant really was quite generous with that scotch, don't you think?  Smile Or, maybe she was trying to get you drunk!!!!!!!!! The island looks gorgeous and peaceful - any hotels you would recommend???

Saludos desde Los Angeles,

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!

Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:44 pm

Congratulations Enrique ! Again a very nice report.
It was nice meeting you in PMV - although it was very short  Wink.

I agree that it would be nice to see some new aircraft here. This would make a nice mixture ! I just learned that Conviasa will be receiving two brand new ATR 72 within the next 2 weeks.

Quoting Siege2L (Reply 6):
the flight attendant really was quite generous with that scotch, don't you think?

This is the way we have the whiskey here  Smile .

Quoting Siege2L (Reply 6):
The island looks gorgeous and peaceful - any hotels you would recommend???

There are some really nice hotesl. If you are interested in a trip to Margarita please contact me through the PM.


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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:54 pm

Hi Enqrique,

This is one of the better reports I've read on here. A truly nice and well written report of a nice trip to a great destination.
You have made tremendous pictures, which completed your report.
And as a European I have to say that you had very nice birds on this trip! Especially Laser seems to have a good product bearing in mind that the used equipment is some 40years old!

Thanks for sharing your story!
With kind Regards,

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:35 pm

Hello, Enrique,

thanx for posting such a real interesting story.
Good to follow your "classic" airliner experiences.
Let me say, I´am one of these Europeans searching always for trips on such airliners, if it´s ever possible.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
I would love to see newer aircraft

No way, more classic stories, please  Wink

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:22 pm

Very interesting and different TR. Nice to see something different . The beaches in Magarita Island look very nice.

Thanks for sharing

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:19 pm

Kike.
You made an awesome report of our beloved country and our aged planes. Laser's service is just great, it rox if you compare it with the other services to PMV. About the Avior leg I had the pleasure to be on their 737 and yes their leg room is a little bit reduced.

I'm really surprised about the improvement on both airports (PMV and BLA), they are looking really modern.

Good job bro and keep posting more T.R. See ya!!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
I, as a good Venezuelan, chose to have a Scotch on the rocks (Something Special)

JAJAJA you and your Scotch...such an influence!!!  laughing 

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:53 pm

Very nice report amigo!!!

I see, Laser is improving, last time I was on board on a Laser flight they still served VAT69 or soemthing like that, now Something and the next time "Etiqueta Negra" or even Buchanans  Smile ???

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
The other options were with the usual Conviasa 737s �which I�ve flown way too many times

5 minutes ago I booked a trip on Conviasa on the CCS-PMV-CCS run from 14 till 17.12.2007 what can I expect regarding the service?

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:37 am

Great report and pics. That island looks fantastic and its nice to see planes close to my age; check my profile, still flying and in such good shape LOL. BTW I hope whichever one of you is wearing the black shirt in the pic in the plane isn't too insulted if I say there is a strong resemblance to Justin Timberlake there.  Cool
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:20 pm

A classic trip! Those old birds just keep going and going...a credit to their maintenance teams.

I love these "different" TR's  Smile
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:21 am

Very nice TR . If you think Venezuelan carriers are "austere", just wait till you see the Spanish ones  Smile
 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:40 pm

Once again a very enjoyable read, thanks for sharing.
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:56 am

Hola Enrique!

I really enjoyed reading your TR and it reminded me of my numerous flights on DC-9. In fact, at some point, I was disappointed when I saw one waiting for me.  Smile Now, when those planes are history here, I really miss everything about them: unique sound of engines (yes, I could always tell when DC-9 is landing without even looking at them) and those rear doors and noise you hear when you embark or disembark. For some, it could be unpleasant, but for me, it was fun.

As for Beech 1900D, you're right, it is a funny little plane. One can hardly say it's a nice looking plane, but I would definitely love to fly on one of them some day.

Well, after enjoying so much in photos from good-old "niner", even 737-200 looks a bit dull  Wink

My advice to you is to enjoy them as much as you can. A32S and 737NG might be quiter and more comfortable, but nothing can replace uniqueness of those classic jets.

Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us.
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:11 pm

Hello guys!

Thanks a lot for those kind comments on my report, I'm very glad you enjoyed it and learned a bit more on our aviation.

Quoting Orl777 (Reply 1):
I´m impressed with Laser service, better than I can imagine!!!

Yes, when their flights are on time, the service is just what's needed. However, they are suffering long delays on their flights lately, which has led them to suffer economically... I hope they can fix those mistakes and keep on offering the service they have.

Quoting Edgaren (Reply 3):
good for barcelona which soon will be opening a new and modern terminal.

Indeed my friend. BLA seems to be building at the right pace. The airport looks very nice and modern (I'd dare to say better than CCS) but unfortunately, Barcelona itself is a very ugly place... industrial with loads of ugly places. They'll have to do something about that if their goal is something near attracting some tourism.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
It's interesting that so many European airlines operate to Santa Margarita and yet there is no service from the USA.

There have been rumours about American Eagle flying to PMV from SJU. Also about AA from MIA, but nothing has happened. It's important to state that PMV is an Open Skies location, which allows ANY airline to fly there without getting permissions from anyone.

Quoting Siege2L (Reply 6):
the flight attendant really was quite generous with that scotch, don't you think?

Oh yeah. And I requested it with a small amount of water... she never rejected my petition. That's how it works in Laser
and Aserca. Avior has no alcohol to offer; and I bet currently Aeropostal has not even seats to offer!
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Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:13 pm

Quoting Siege2L (Reply 6):
any hotels you would recommend???

Yes. Other than hotels, I'd go for the posadas. They offer much better services and they will treat you like a King. Please contact Chiguire and I'm 100% sure he will give you the best assistance ever.

Quoting Chiguire (Reply 7):
It was nice meeting you in PMV - although it was very short

Your fault! Next time you owe me a couple drinks! Hahaha.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
This is one of the better reports I've read on here. A truly nice and well written report of a nice trip to a great destination.

Woah thanks a lot Joost, I'm very glad that you liked the report. Please feel free to contact me if you need anything from Venezuela!
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Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:15 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Let me say, I´am one of these Europeans searching always for trips on such airliners, if it´s ever possible.

Ciao! I thought so. Yes, Venezuela is full of exciting and old jets, which will allow you to have a great time if you choose to fly here. Don't think twice about coming here, just book a ticket and you're done. It's cheap!

Quoting Cybergus (Reply 11):
JAJAJA you and your Scotch...such an influence!!! laughing

¬¬ Sorry Mr. Tequila! Or should I better call you Mr. Pisco? Hahaha, cheers bro.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 12):
next time "Etiqueta Negra" or even Buchanans Smile ???

That's not until I have my own airline!
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Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:18 pm

Quoting Avianca (Reply 12):
5 minutes ago I booked a trip on Conviasa on the CCS-PMV-CCS run from 14 till 17.12.2007 what can I expect regarding the service?

Conviasa has a good product. I've flown them several times and can't complain about any aspects of all the flights. Their aircraft are clean and in good shape. Their CCS-PMV-CCS service is something they do on a daily-basis several times a day so don't expect much. However, they do have a snack and beverage service which will undoubtlessly complement your 35 minute trip in a nice way.

Take a look at my report on that flight here:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 13):
I hope whichever one of you is wearing the black shirt in the pic in the plane isn't too insulted if I say there is a strong resemblance to Justin Timberlake there.

 eek   gasp   gasp   laughing 
Haha, well I hate the dude but I believe your intention was not to insult me! Haha!

Quoting Taichen (Reply 15):
If you think Venezuelan carriers are "austere", just wait till you see the Spanish ones

Oh I've seen them! I've experienced them... It's just that there's a huge gap between the life-styles Venezuela and Spain are used to have.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 17):
My advice to you is to enjoy them as much as you can. A32S and 737NG might be quiter and more comfortable, but nothing can replace uniqueness of those classic jets.

Thanks Aleksandar, I appreciate your comments. I'm aware that some day I might miss these pieces of equipment that are elder. However, I'm too used to them and I'm dying to fly on a brand-new jet where the interior smells like fresh leather and the engines don't roar as much!

Thanks you all!

-Enrique
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Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:52 pm

GREAT TR as usual!! brother!
Your descriptions are getting better and better every day, now you are also describing the terrain below? jejeje

Found this image that says it all:


 Wink
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Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:26 pm

Quoting 797 (Reply 21):
Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 13):
I hope whichever one of you is wearing the black shirt in the pic in the plane isn't too insulted if I say there is a strong resemblance to Justin Timberlake there.


Haha, well I hate the dude but I believe your intention was not to insult me! Haha

Not at all; but wouldn't ya love to have his money. then you could probably buy your own fleet of old jets  Wink
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:51 pm

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 22):
GREAT TR as usual!! brother!
Your descriptions are getting better and better every day, now you are also describing the terrain below? jejeje

Epale hermano!

Thanks a lot!!! I hope this time that I'm actually moving to the States we can meet someday!

Un abrazo!

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 23):
Not at all; but wouldn't ya love to have his money. then you could probably buy your own fleet of old jets

Ohhh if it is about money then, yes, my name is Justin  rotfl 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:01 pm

Great report and photo's, just superb to see flights on classic birds!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
the 40 year-old aircraft

- Way cool!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
My Italian friend paid 66$ for all three flights including airport taxes� cheap, huh!?

- Just amazing!

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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:57 pm

Great report and wonderful photographs. Thanks for sharing the photos not only of the aircraft, but also Margarita Island-- I'm blown away by it's beauty.

Your report is important for another reason, too. It's refreshing to read something about Venezuela that isn't about President Chavez, who dominates the Venezuela news here in the U.S. Thanks for reminding us of what really matters-- the people who live there. . . And, of course classic jets!

Looking forward to your next report.
 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:12 am

Thanks for your nice comments guys!

Quoting ATLTPA (Reply 26):
Thanks for sharing the photos not only of the aircraft, but also Margarita Island-- I'm blown away by it's beauty.

The main intention of this report was to show off how beautiful my country is! Good you enjoyed it as well!

Quoting ATLTPA (Reply 26):
It's refreshing to read something about Venezuela that isn't about President Chavez

Thanks! Now I can go and rest in peace haha, Venezuela is way much more than the monotone Chavez topic... we're full of amazing things that still need to be exploded... that's why I support tourism with all my force.

Thanks again guys,

Saludos.
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:20 pm

Best trip report EVER!
 
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Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:53 am

Best report EVER!!!!!
 
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RE: Refreshing Venezuelan Trip W/ Old Jets! (pics!)

Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:22 pm

Hi Enrique.

Thank you for this fantastic tripreport.

I remember me very often to the great A.net-meeting in CCS and PMV. We had also very pleasant flights between the two destination (also DC-9 of Laser and the B1900 of Avoir to BLA).

Ah, as I can see, you have now one more Airport in Venezuela...  Wink But you need some more flights to beat me.

See you soon...

Martial

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