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Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:02 pm
by PlunaCRJ
BACKGROUND

After flying the Uruguay (usually Montevideo) - Lima route with LAN several times, plus a trip across the South Pacific to Sydney also with LAN (beautiful city.... Yes, I am very lucky in having the opportunity to perform such a trip) I eventually got a respectable number of miles on LANPASS.

When I began planning the last Lima trip, I decided to use this miles to give me a treat: and upgrade to Business Class. The itinerary eventually compromised

MVD-SCL (A320)
Approximately 9 hours waiting in SCL....
SCL-LIM (767)
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LIM-SCL (767)
Approximately 5 hours waiting in SCL...
SCL-PDP (monoclass A320)

This would also be my first experience in Business which wasn´t an accident (my two other Business experiences were due to overbooking and Y passengers being put in C)

On this report I will cover the return, LIM-SCL and SCL-PDP flights.

AIRPORT 1

I arrived early at Lima Intl Airport (Jorge Chavez- LIM/SPIM). The airport looks modern, bright and airy. The LAN counters were quite full, but no one was on the Business Class line and I was soon out of the place.

The joys of Business!

The agent was courteous and efficient. He told me that unfortunately the LAN Lounge was in renovation (closed), and gave me a voucher to spend $15 dollars on the airport's duty free stores instead. I found this to be a very good deal, as I didn't plan to visit the Lounge anyway.

Security and Immigration was also quick (even though Business doesn't get a special line there... I guess Business Class spoiled me after all) And I was soon at the boarding area.

I bought a nice t-shirt, courtesy of LAN and their voucher, and then proceeded to find the gate. There was already plenty of activity there when I arrived. A MAD bound Iberia A340-600 was boarding just next to us, and the place was a bit crowded.

When the people waiting for the SCL flight realized boarding was imminent, they stood up and formed a huge line in front of the gate. I didn't worry very much, after all, I get Preferred Boarding as a C passenger. In fact, when boarding started I just walked towards the gate, bypassed the mess, and soon found myself in a comfortable Business Premium seat onboard CC-CWN.

The joys of Business!

FLIGHT 1

Unfortunately I didn't take any picture of my seat in that flight, so I will have to post a picture I took two weeks before this flight, on the SCL-LIM leg, onboard CC-CXC, the newest 767 in LAN's fleet. The seat is the same one I got in CC-CWN. Both simply wonderful.



I was soon approached by a FA, who welcomed me aboard, gave me the menu and offered me a preflight drink.

Here are some photos I took during boarding, in which you can really appreciate LAN's amazing Business Premium (yes, this were shot in the actual aircraft, CC-CWN. I also got the WB right this time)







After everybody settled down, we began our pushback and began taxiing to the runway, taking off behind the Iberia Airbus. We were soon climbing over the Lima night sky.



Soon after reaching a comfortable altitude, the crew began the dinner service. I chose the fish (conger-eel) which was accompanied by a salad. I had a "suspiro limeño" for dessert. When I asked the FA how about it, she said it was a traditional dessert from the city of Lima, and very tasty. She recommended me to have it. For sure I wasn't disappointed.

Several Chilean wines were offered with the dinner service as well.

(Sorry I didn't take any picture of the food, it was so nice it literary "disappeared" from the plate!)

After this, the lights were dimmed and the cabin put in "sleep mode". I put the large PTV in the Airshow, reclined my seat (didn't put it 180 degrees, though) and semi-slept whilst enjoying the rare benefit of being there.



Too soon, we started our descent to Arturo Merino Benitez Intl Airport, Santiago. I was rather sorry about this, as I was enjoying the seat quite a lot and wasn't actually looking forward to leave. However, all good things come to an end, and we soon docked at the gate in SCL, approximately 3 hours 10 minutes after takeoff, at about 2am local time Chile.

AIRPORT 2

Five hours of boredom, walking through the deserted airport (not many people at those early hours) Just a few people either sleeping on the chairs, or red eyed strolling around, were present. I really missed the nice Premium Business seat at this point.

The lounge was closed until 5:30am, which is quite logical, as there aren't many potential users before that time, but nonetheless quite inconvenient for me.

Finally, at around 5 am things started picking up and the place started to fill up with people. The lounge also opened, and I went there to have breakfast.

Finally, boarding was called for the Punta del Este flight. These flights were performed by LAN during the southern summer season, and were quite convenient to me as they saved me the 100 something km drive between Montevideo and Punta del Este.



The plane was at a remote parking spot, and we got a bus ride to it. Very scenic, actually. Here are some pics from the "ride"







FLIGHT 2

After everyone settled down in their economy class seats (single class A320, CC-COL), we started pushback. We were parked right next to a GOL 737-800.





In no time we took off. If it wasn't for the glare, we would have been treated to a wonderful view of the airports terminal.



On ascent we also caught a glimpse of the Andes. Unfortunately I didn't take any pics of the crossing on this flight.



I also took a picture of the cabin at around this point.



Once in the other side of the mountain range, service started. It consisted on a sandwich... which frankly wasn´t very appetizing. It was surely a big contrast of my dinner last night.

IFE consisted on "Just for Laughs", which was displayed on the overhead screens.

As we crossed right over Buenos Aires, descent started. After going over that city, we crossed the River Plate, making landfall over Montevideo. From there, we went "wet feet" again, flying more or less parallel from the Uruguayan coast in an eastern direction.

After a sharp turn, we made landfall again (and definitely) over Piriapolis...



Crossed the Interbalnearia highway between Punta del Este and Montevideo...



And we landed at Laguna del Sauce Intl Airport, Punta del Este (PDP)



PDP is a fairly small airport, mainly used for the short (aprox. 40 minutes) hop to Buenos Aires (Aeroparque). As such, there are no jet bridges and we were bussed to the terminal instead.



CONCLUSION

Nice trip. With TACA´s recent arrival into the Lima- Uruguay market, LAN has lowered its fares, making them a very competitive option. Both flights were good, although a certain inconsistency between LAN´s service onboard its widebody and narrowbody fleets (I also experienced that whilst on Economy on both sectors) exists.

LAN´s new Business Premium product is just amazing as well. They did a wonderful work with their 767 (and soon A340) fleet in that sense.

It is for sure going to be very difficult to me to adapt to travel back in Y after discovering Business Class style travel!

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:36 pm
by gte439u
Great trip report; I love Punta!

I find it odd that LAN does not offer business class on flights to PDP, since it is a high-end vacation destination.

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:02 am
by Pu752
Great TR thanks for sharing!

Quoting Gte439u (Reply 1):
I find it odd that LAN does not offer business class on flights to PDP, since it is a high-end vacation destination.

It might be due to rotation, some LANs A320 offer J class others dont....if im not wrong.
All summer flights to PDP for this summer performed great including this new SCL-PDP among ASU-PDP and of course GRU and AEP-PDP along with some GIG flights too.

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) P

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:40 am
by AlitaliaMD11
Very nice trip report. I recently flew LAN internationally and domestically and absolutely love them. Lucky you to fly them in their Business class, it looked beautiful.

I actually flew on CC-CWN on my SCL-MIA leg of my trip and was supposed to fly on CC-CXC on my JFK-SCL leg but the aircraft was declared AOG.

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:02 pm
by PlunaCRJ


Quoting Gte439u (Reply 1):
Great trip report; I love Punta!



Quoting PU752 (Reply 2):
Great TR thanks for sharing!



Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 3):
Very nice trip report.

Thanks!

Quoting Gte439u (Reply 1):
I find it odd that LAN does not offer business class on flights to PDP, since it is a high-end vacation destination.

Well, I find it quite logical, as there aren´t any Business travellers on such a flight, just holidaymakers.

I got Business Class on the A320 in the MVD-SCL leg.

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 3):
I actually flew on CC-CWN on my SCL-MIA leg of my trip and was supposed to fly on CC-CXC on my JFK-SCL leg but the aircraft was declared AOG.

I read your TR, very nice. I am sorry you didn´t get to fly CC-CXC. it an awesome machine. CC-CWN is a bit older (few months) but you really can´t tell the difference.

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) P

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:27 pm
by Ben10
Very nice new business class seats!! There seems to be a very wide seat pitch. Was the bed 180 degrees flat? IFE looks very good as well, how were the selections?

I have never been to South America before but your excellent trip report makes me want to go there by LAN.

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:33 pm
by RJ_Delta
Excellent trip report PlunaCRJ! Punta del Este is wonderful place in South America. I've the opportunity to been there a couple years ago.

Quoting PU752 (Reply 2):
It might be due to rotation, some LANs A320 offer J class others dont....if im not wrong.

Yes only four A320 are configured with Business Class seat (CC-COC, CC-COD, CC-COE and CC-COF). The rest of the A32S offers a single class, according with new LASER configuration with Y168 seats.

Saludos,

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:13 pm
by ba319-131
Nice report and photo's, thanks.

LAN's new J product looks very good, look forward to trying it out one day.

Regards

Mark

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:43 pm
by rogerbcn
Hola PlunaCRJ!

I enjoyed reading your TR.

It seems that LAN offers a great Business class, I really like it; seats look very much like IB's ones. They are really comfortable. Screens look bigger though.

I experienced LAN service last summer, AEP-IGR-AEP and SLA-AEP, and I encountered it very professional, on time performance and pretty decent product.

Planes were new, fresh and really comfortable to fly.

Salut!

Roger

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) P

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:38 pm
by gte439u


Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 4):

Quoting Gte439u (Reply 1):
I find it odd that LAN does not offer business class on flights to PDP, since it is a high-end vacation destination.

Well, I find it quite logical, as there aren´t any Business travellers on such a flight, just holidaymakers.

I got Business Class on the A320 in the MVD-SCL leg.

Not everyone is business class is on working.

PDP is a very high-end destination, and both PU and AR offer C class out of PDP. On 45-minute flights to AEP, for example, C class is full more often than not.

Nevertheless, if LA only has a few C class configured A320s, then it makes sense not to offer C class if those planes can make more money on other routes.

RE: Lima-P. Del Este With LAN (Business Premium) Pics

Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:33 pm
by B747forever
Great TR

The pics are really good.

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your Business class flight so much.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever