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Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:08 pm

Hello Dear Reader,

Here is the continuation of a 10 day 12 flight trip, LHR-MAD-MEX-BOG-SCL-EZE-GRU with side trips of CGH-GIG-CGH-SDU-CGH before heading home GRU-LIS-LHR.



Part II follows my travels from MEX to BOG and onto SCL, both flights being operated by Avianca.

In my youth, Columbia had for many years been a hot bed of trouble, it seemed almost weekly some new drugs lord had killed a government minister or taken control of half the country.

Whilst some issues remain, Columbia today is a much more peaceful country, this is all good as today, their national carrier. Avianca, was going to take me from MEX to SCL via BOG.

There are a choice of carriers willing to take you from MEX to SCL, however I've always wanted to fly with Avianca, the current colour scheme on their aircraft is truly stunning, it seems to bring out the beauty in a plane, something some schemes fail to achieve.

So join me and Avianca on the 3rd and 4th sectors of my 2011 spotting jolly.



27-02-2011
AV45
MEX-BOG
A319-115 HK-4552 Built 2008
Seat 3K Business Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 84th A319 flight
Sch Dep 07:20 Sch Arr 12:55
Act Dep 07:12 Act Arr 12:33

Not wanting to possibly oversleep I arranged a wake up call with the hotel, generally pointless as I always awake before teh alarm, today being no exception.

Carry on luggage in tow I checked out and take the lift to the terminal concourse.

I had stayed in the Hilton, part of the airport complex. My room had good views of the ramps and runways, though a film and etching on the glass made it a bit more difficult than normal to read moving aircraft registrations, that aside I still managed 120 new planes the previous day.

Difficult spotting



A short walk to the various check in areas

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on the way you pass the former Mexicana facility, looks like it was pretty nice. The area is roped off and manned by a security guard, being wary of taking pictures with security around all I have is this poor shot, looks like it used to be a really nice area.

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Avianca use the same check-in areas as IB & BA, others using the facility include Taca & Cubana.

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The entrance to the check-in area is manned by an agent ensuring you have the correct documentation, along with the section of immigration from you are supposed to keep,I dug around in my bag and found it, thankfully!

Documents checked I was directed left to the large economy queue, guess he never checked my documents that well, business class I said and pointed to the premium line, yes he replied and I turned right.

Check-in for today's flight was a served by 6 agents, 4 for economy and 2 for business class. All 6 agents were busy with passengers, Im sure I was not standing there long but it did seem to take quite a while for the agents to finish with their customers.

My turn came and I pulled up to the podium, an attractive agent with a nice smile took my passport,. I had trouble hearing her, I think she spoke quietly plus the noisy baggage conveyer behold here was not helping.

She askes me if I wanted lounge access, odd question I thought, I replied yes as I hoped to send a few emails and grab a snack before the flight, the previous nights meal in the airports Italian restaurant had not been the greatest, leaving behind more than I ate left me feeling a tad peckish now.

Lounge Invitation

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Both of today's boarding passes were issued along with a lounge access card, I was also advised I needed to complete the documentation on the rear of the boarding pass, this being for a contact name, address and contact number, not come across that before.

Unlike the other person being checked in, my agent directed me to turn right to access security, thought it strange, oh well.

So out of the check-in area and turn right for security, a rather long snaking line of slow moving people. Three scanners appeared to be in use this morning but the process was painfully slow, eventually I made it through and I emerged in a shopping mall, sorry, airside.

Ignoring the new shopping area, airside is pretty grim, low ceilings, almost no natural light, a central long corridor with some grubby looking one man band type shops, MEX T1 is a truly dismal place to be.

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In addition to being rather grim, the signage is poor, I followed the lounge signs to the lounge Avianca use but failed to locate it, so I back tracked and followed signs to some other VIP lounges, these eventually lead to an elevator with all these airline logos, ah, Avianca, must finally be in the right place.

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A trip to all 3 floors failed to find the lounge, the 3rd floor is for Mexicana, I pressed the button in error and the lift took me there, when the door opened you can't get out, the entrance is boarded up.

FID

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I decided to ask, one level down the United Red Carpet lounge had attendants at the desk, so I rockup and asked if they had any idea, most helpful the staff were, I needed to go back to the gate 19 area, it was there somewhere he said.

Heading back to where I came from, but from a different direction, I found the lounge, it's located between gates 19 and 20, almost kind of hidden and with poor directional signage, no wonder I had trouble locating it.

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A nice smile and welcome greeting from the attractive lounge agent met me when entering the lounge, I handed over the lounge access form and headed in.

The lounge was small, there were just a handful of other passengers scattered throughout. Food and beverage offerings were a quite weak, especially food or lack of apart from a coupe of packets of biscuits and nuts, the coffee was ok though.

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As with the rest of the airport there are no views. Free Internet access is provided though I could not seem to get it to work, despite apparently being connected, after a second coffee I gave up and decided to wait out the remaining time at the gate.

Flight 45 would be operating from gate 27 today, the gate area being a big open area with a Hudsons Newspaper outlet. Many of the seats in the area were full as gate 26 was being used by a Taca service departing around10 minutes after us.

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Boarding for our flight was called at 06:50, by this time I had positioned myself close to the boarding area, having now been allocated a seat in row 1, locker space would be at a premium as most airlines use locker space in this area for their 'stuff'. The timing was perfect, I was the second passenger to head down the jetway, the guy in front of me I noted was in 2A.

Arrival at the aircraft door after the customary touch of her skin revealed 2 attractive female FA's in their red uniforms, they weren't really interested in looking at boarding passes it seemed but I showed it anyway. The early entrance onto the plane was the right one, the locker was indeed half full of airline 'stuff' but the other half was free, lucky move as some 10 people later my seat mate appeared with a large bag, he found space in the locker above row 2 I believe.

Initial impressions were good, legroom seemed ok in this row for this length of sector, the seat looked and was pretty comfortable.

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View outside, a Taca 190.

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Soon OJ or water were offered in Avianca branded real glassware, I took the OJ though it tasted like some watered down shop cordial rather than real OJ.

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Boarding complete menus were handed out for us to peruse, orders would be taken after departure.

With boarding complete I noted row 3 was wide open, always keen to have an open seat next to me I moved back and occupied 3K, why on earth the check-in agent had moved me to 1K I'll never know, did she think I needed company?

A few pics of my new surroundings.

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I must point out that the legroom is not that great in row 3 and I imagine the same for row 2. The design of the seat back allows little space for your feet, forget putting anything bigger than a small notebook bag under the seat in front. In addition, when the person in front of you reclines it's very difficult to get out of your seat. In my opinion another inch would make a noticeable difference in comfort.

Push back occurred ahead of schedule @ 07:12

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and we taxied past T1 to the holding point. As you can see from the pictures, the whole terminal looks like some kind of prison with all this metal cladding over it.

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Interjet seem to have quite a big schedule out of MEX, I'm sure they along with Volaris helped hasten Mexicana's decline.

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The famous spotting bridge, I've still not visited it in person, was too hot the previous day.

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Our turn for departure came, taxi onto the runway for a rolling departure, wheels up @ 07:27.

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Unfortunately once again I seemed to be sitting on the wrong side of the plane, the morning mist and sun conspiring against any decent departure shots.

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At some point post departure the captain gave a welcome speech in both Spanish and English, it was quite detailed with route information, speed, altitude etc, a rather nice touch which is sometimes lacking these days. During his speech breakfast orders we taken, I opted for the scrambled egg.

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The aroma of food heating began to waft through the cabin, I really was getting hungry now, though being in the last row also meant I would be the last to be served.

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Prior to my table being laid out with linens, the youngest of the two crew serving our cabin came over to apologies for my choice not being available, would I be ok with the omelette? That was fine, I was initially going to opt for that anyway.

Notice the AV logo on the linen.

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The food arrived along with my coffee, nice presentation and plenty of heavy cutlery.

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The food was good as was the coffee, all in all not a bad meal for this flight duration.

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Trays cleared I took a second coffee and started this TR along with gazing out of the window.

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Due to the morning mist and light cloud, the pictures are not so great.

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The flight was not what I would call smooth, there we numerous small jolts and bumps , nothing major but the seat belt sign did briefly get turned on over Costa Rica.

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Not much room when the seat is reclined.

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As the aircraft headed further south significant cloud built up and the flight got bumpy, the seat belt sign was again illuminated, we were now around an hour and a half out from BOG.

Descent started at 12:19, followed by the usual crew announcement about preparing the cabin for landing.

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As we descended the the clouds opened up a little to allow some views of the country side below, it was actually quite exciting to think I'd soon be setting foot in South America.

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Wheels touched down at 12:33, I had arrived!

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The taxi to the terminal was short though we had to hold short to allow our gate to free up, whilst we sat I took in the view outside, the ancient terminal building, it's beautiful architecture,the beautiful shapes of Avianca A330's and the lovely LAN 763 with those fantastic shaped winglets, this was truly a sight to behold, something lost on some of the economy passengers, figuring we were are the gate a number of them came charging into the business cabin, only to be told in no uncertain terms to return to their seats.

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The gate and path to it became free, our CFM's spooled up and pulled us onto stand.

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It took a few moments for the doors to open, once they did my fellow business passengers departed and I followed suit, thanking the FA's as I left the aircraft.

Stepping off the plane and into BOG is like stepping back in time, it's just old, it looks like some areas are being re-painted, it will spruce it up a little, but nothing can detracts from the low ceilings and long corridors, ancient escalators, crowds of people and lack of space. unlike MEX, BOG has character - there is no doubt the city, the country, desperately needs a new airport especially since Domestic and international air travel is in double digit growth!

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Ignoring the issues, I like this place, it in many aspects reminds me of HUE airport in Vietnam., it's like stepping back in time to the begining of the jet age, the era before mass travel, before the widebody.

Following the signs for international transfers I found a security check point, with an x-ray for you and your baggage, so once again, liquids out etc. It appears even if you don't beep when going through the machine, you get the wand treatment, or perhaps the x-ray machine is broken?

Once past this you take a rickety wooden escalator to the international departures area, and it's a small area, just 9 gates on the terminal finger, with some remote stands opposite.

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In wandered up and down and decided spotting here was too tough, the gates are off of the main central corridor of the terminal, you need to have your boarding pass checked before you can enter the area, or so it appeared to me. Given the limited options I decide to head to the Avianca business class lounge to see of views were any better there.

The lounge entrance is guarded by a stern looking lady, unless you have the right credentials you won't be getting in, thankfully I possess these in the form of my business class boarding pass, she indicates i can enter.

Once in the lounge the main desk is on the right hand side, behind it are the toilets..........

The lounge is quite busy at this time, I imagine it is around a peak time for departures. I note there are windows facing the ramp, all but 1 have their blinds down and as usual those seats next to the window are occupied by people who don't look outside!

I grab a chair close by and check on the food and beverage offerings offerings.

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Well, what can I say, I'm not sure where to start. There is one tiny fridge which houses soft drinks and beer, next to it hot water for tea, I did not see any coffee. Food was limited to the odd sandwich and from time to time other bits such as cheese on a stick would appear, no wine, no spirits, no plates no cutlery, even the lounge in HUE had some of these and a bigger fridge too!

Considering the lounge can easily seat in excess of 100 people, it was quite lacking.

I grab a warm beer and the last of some kind of sandwich and head back to my seat, I could tell the people by the good window were going to be leaving soon, I picked up my bits and managed to secure it as they left. I sat here, nibbled on limited snacks and had a few beers whilst spotting.

View from my new seat

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During a lull I had a wander and found another section of the lounge with a slightly better view than mine, so I retrieved my stuff and pretty much camped out here until it got dark.

Has the dog found drugs?

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More shots from my new area

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Here are a few other lounge pictures.

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Well it's dark and I'm tired, hungry and thirsty, i decided to head back to the main part of the lounge and see what was happening. Upon arrival I noted all the blinds were now up, all the window seats were free so I grabbed one.

View outside

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Food offerings were still poor but the booze had picked up, red and White wine along with a few spirits including JW Black label, hmm, perhaps later....

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I grabbed a glass of wine and some sandwich things.

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The lounge by now was pretty full, the snacks dissapeared as quickly as they were laid out, I saw 3 bottles of Black Label put out, endless bottles of wine and of couse constant stacking of the fridge - pointless really as the drinks never had time to cool down before being consumed.

Thankfully boarding was called, were were at standing room only and the queues for the single toilets was getting pretty long!

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:09 pm

Continued from above.

Apologies for the lack of pictures and for the shortness of this report, since it was an overnight flight I dropped off and being quite tired may have missed the odd bit of detail.



27-02-2011
AV97
BOG-SCL
HK-4553 A319-115 Built 200
Seat 3A Business Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 85th A319 flight
Sch Dep 21:50 Sch Arr 05:45 +1
Act Dep 21:47 Act Arr 05:25 + 1

Boarding for the flight was called at 21:15, boarding would be from gate 5.

Leaving the lounge it was just a short walk to gate 5 where I joined a queue of about 10, when I got to the front I was advised to head down the concourse to the far end of the gate, there I would find a door boaring our flight,,not amused really, mainly because I was getting tired, it's either gate 5 or it's not!

Upon reaching the other end my documents were checked and I headed for the plane, it appeared we would be busses as the jetway was closed off, no worries, I don't mind being busses if not in a hurry or it's not raining, you stand the chance of seeing something parked on stands you can't see.

My only worry once on the bus was we were heading towards 2 A319's, one of them I had flown on earlier in the day, thankfully we pulled up to it's sister machine, result 1, the next was we were parked next to Aero Gals one and only A320, HC-CJV, almost brand new, nice!

Here are a few shots of both machines.

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All 3 rows of business were full apart from 3 A&C, appears my seat mate had yet to arrive, however he appears quite soon, he was just 2 people behind me in the queue to board.

I settled in and got organised for the trip ahead, the crew offered champagne or water as pre departure drinks along with a small plate of mixed nuts, I took the champagne, not champagne as I know it, not good stuff, the nuts were nice though.

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Amenity kits were also hand out, I'd not expected these so was quite plesantly surprised, that said, the flight was due to be around five and a half hours so that is transatlantic crossing to LHR from JFK really.

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Immigration cards

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Across the cabin

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Push back occurred a few minutes early, any remaining service items were removed during the lengthy taxi

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no hold for departure, wheels up @ 22:05.

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As per my previous Avianca flight the captain came on and discussed the flight duration, route etc etc, and as per the last flight, meal orders where taken at this time too.

Having perused the menu choices, which I forget now, I decide upon the beef, let's see if I get my choice this time.

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Sensing me seat mate was going to sleep for the flight, he declined dinner, I figured now would be a good time to excuse myself for a trip to the boys, the business class toilet was not accessable as the crew were in with the cockpits, I saw inside, long time since I've seen that in flight! - so I went down back, let me tell you, not an empty seat in the plane.

Also down back were the crew serving economy, though at this point they were all chatting in the galley, one of the FA's was really hot, wow, really hot, such as you'd cross the street hot, a long time since I've seen such a hot FA. Anyway, I used the facility and went back to my seat, a few moments later the purser came over to advise me the toilet was good for use again, I thanked him advising I had travelled down back to use their facility.

Shortly after returning to my seat the meal service began, as usual from front to back. I'm not sure about you, but when I'm tired and hungry the food meal service always seems to take longer to reach my row, anyway it arrived.

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The presentation was pretty good, I took a red wine to wash it down. The wine was excellent, the meal very tasty though the beef was a tought, that aside really enjoyed it.

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All in all another good meal, which I followed up with another glass of wine or two before my eyes could stay awake no longer, reading light out and the seat reclined I dropped off.

Slumber was disturbed by the front office, descent had stared into SCL, time was now 04:51.

The crew were spot on, they came around offering juice and or coffee to perk you up before landing, coffee was just what I needed and it was not so bad either.

It was still dark out so not much to see, the low light is not great with my camera, especially when moving at speed!

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Gear came down and we touched down @ 05:35 local time.

A few pix taken en-route to stand.

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All in all Avianca had been excellent, really enjoyed their onboard service, though the legroom in J needs improvement on the 319 and I suspect the 320 fleet. The BOG lounge is in desperate need of improvement, at peak times it is bursting at the seams, the lack of toilet facilities for a start is just terrible, all that said, what a wonderfull carrier, can't wait to fly them again, you feel the passion in the employees, wonderful!

I look forward to returning to Columbia in the future, this time clearing immigration to visit the country, not just see planes in the airport!

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:48 pm

Interesting that the time/distance screens and flight maps are in Portuguese, not Spanish except the first one. Did you have the option of selecting your language?

[Edited 2011-04-18 15:52:06]
 
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:51 pm

Great 2nd Installment of your trip, ba319-131!!!

Looks like you had some nice flights with Avianca. From previous reports of them, their J product has looked pretty nice. The cutlery, flatware, and the napkin holder all look rather classy ... Food looks pretty tasty too!

How impressive the A319 fleet is equipped with in seat TV's! Pretty rare ... I haven't seen any other airlines that offer this on their narrow-body aircraft.

Looking forward to Part III!

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:03 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the current colour scheme on their aircraft is truly stunning, it seems to bring out the beauty in a plane, something some schemes fail to achieve.

I agree 100%, their livery is fantastic and unique. Great report!
 
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:09 am

Hi Mark,

Fantastic follow-up of your South American adventure. Avianca's product doesn't look too bad though there is room for improvement. Maybe we'll see that once they join Star?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the current colour scheme on their aircraft is truly stunning, it seems to bring out the beauty in a plane, something some schemes fail to achieve.

Definitely one of the best around, South American carriers generally have great liveries in my opinion.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The food arrived along with my coffee, nice presentation and plenty of heavy cutlery.

Looks very substantial and delicious   

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Well, what can I say, I'm not sure where to start. There is one tiny fridge which houses soft drinks and beer, next to it hot water for tea, I did not see any coffee. Food was limited to the odd sandwich and from time to time other bits such as cheese on a stick would appear, no wine, no spirits, no plates no cutlery

Very disappointing and it's even worse because I assume this is there flagship lounge.

Looking forward to your onward adventures.

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:38 am

Hi Mark !

Thanks for a fantastic trip report with very nice pictures! AV looks great and nice to see that they have reall First/business seats on their narrow bodies unlike the European airlines. Hopefully they can improve the legroom.

Service looks nice; very big breakfast on MEX-BOG. Very good to get 120 new regs. at MEX! How many new ones did you get in BOG ?

Very much looking forward to the continuation of this South American journey!!

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:41 am

Hi Folks, just a couple of selected replies.

Quoting azstar (Reply 2):
Did you have the option of selecting your language?

- Yes, you can choose which language, I forget how many choices there were though.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Great 2nd Installment of your trip, ba319-131!!!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
The cutlery, flatware, and the napkin holder all look rather classy

- Indeed, I would love to try out the service on a longhaul A330 service.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 5):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Well, what can I say, I'm not sure where to start. There is one tiny fridge which houses soft drinks and beer, next to it hot water for tea, I did not see any coffee. Food was limited to the odd sandwich and from time to time other bits such as cheese on a stick would appear, no wine, no spirits, no plates no cutlery

Very disappointing and it's even worse because I assume this is there flagship lounge.

- Indeed their main lounge in BOG, looking back now it was all quite amusing. After a while you get over the shock and deal with it  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
How many new ones did you get in BOG ?

- Hi Lars, during this layover I managed 83 new registrations in BOG, not bad given I missed all the mornings activity.

Cheers

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:44 am

Hi Mark

Thanks a lot for sharing this trip. Always nice to read something different, in this case a report within Latin America.

I loved the pictures on approach to BOG. I used to fly MIA - BOG every two months back in 2000 - 2001, so I know the scenery quite well. I love the deep green of the fields of the Cundinamarca-Boyaca plateau.

Nice to see AV has come a long way and has a very decent product. Seems as though they are as good or even better than VX (ACES) way back when.

You point out correctly that BOG is a bit of a dump (although I must say HUI and parts of HAN look worse!). I remember the rennovations (bits of the Gold Museum, the skylights in the int'l departure area) were done back in 1996-97 and even then it seemed as an interim solution. Back then the airport was already overcrowded. Luckily a new airport terminal is in the cards.

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:15 am

Hola Mark!

I have read both of your TRs so far on this exciting trip to South America.

As usual great and detailed information.

AV looks pretty nice airline as far as food is concerned, all meals look delicious and well presented. Although the legroom for such a flight, BOG-SCL, needs to be improved. I cannot imagine flying JFK-LHR in an A319 with these seats or legroom.

BOG lounge looks pretty poor as well, and the lack of toilets inside is a sign that they have not really understood what a lounge should be about.

Looking forward to reading the next leg.

Salut!

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:32 am

That was a great second installment. Did you spend the entire connection time in BOG in the lounge, or did you venture into town? I'm off to BOG in October (in time for the rainy season!), so interested to see what its like. Hopefully I'll be able to catch one of te AV A318s.
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:54 am

Hi Mark - really enjoyed the second in the series of reports from you on these legs. Thanks for posting this.

I agree with you - the AV colours are lovely. Very classy and they really stand out. I've just returned from a weekend in MAD spotting and it was always a pleasure to see the AV 332 at the gate. Shame the facilities in BOG were not really up to scratch - but all part of the adventure no doubt!

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:51 am

Hi,

Another great TR. Looking for Brazil segment.

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:03 pm

Hi, Mark,

waited for this one, you know. Really worth the wait, well done, such a good insight of Avianca.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

So join me and Avianca on the 3rd and 4th sectors of my 2011 spotting jolly.

I will do so!.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
With boarding complete I noted row 3 was wide open, always keen to have an open seat next to me I moved back and occupied 3K, why on earth the check-in agent had moved me to 1K I'll never know, did she think I needed company?

Or did she think anything at all, sometimes my opinion around these decisions.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

Once in the lounge the main desk is on the right hand side, behind it are the toilets..........

Not that really welcoming from my point of view.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Also down back were the crew serving economy, though at this point they were all chatting in the galley, one of the FA's was really hot, wow, really hot, such as you'd cross the street hot, a long time since I've seen such a hot FA.

So, let me check the AV schedules, it seems I should go there sometimes!.

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:12 pm

Quoting Coal (Reply 8):
I loved the pictures on approach to BOG. I used to fly MIA - BOG every two months back in 2000 - 2001, so I know the scenery quite well. I love the deep green of the fields of the Cundinamarca-Boyaca plateau.

- Hi Coal, thanks for reading, scenery on approach was superb, green, very green!

Quoting Coal (Reply 8):
Nice to see AV has come a long way and has a very decent product. Seems as though they are as good or even better than VX (ACES) way back when.

- Indeed the product is pretty decent, except legroom - sop ACES was good then?

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 9):
I have read both of your TRs so far on this exciting trip to South America.

- Glad you are enjoying Roger.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 9):
AV looks pretty nice airline as far as food is concerned, all meals look delicious and well presented. Although the legroom for such a flight, BOG-SCL, needs to be improved. I cannot imagine flying JFK-LHR in an A319 with these seats or legroom.

- Yes the legroom sucks, some of the legs these birds fly are long, such as my sector which is advertised as 5 hours 45 minutes.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 9):
BOG lounge looks pretty poor as well, and the lack of toilets inside is a sign that they have not really understood what a lounge should be about

- Sorry, perhaps I was not clear, the toilets are direclty behind the lounge entrance desk which the staff sit behind.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Did you spend the entire connection time in BOG in the lounge, or did you venture into town?

- Hi GC, enitre time was in the lounge spotting  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Hopefully I'll be able to catch one of te AV A318s.

- I had hoped to see one since they had 2 in service when I visited, never saw oone  
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):
Shame the facilities in BOG were not really up to scratch - but all part of the adventure no doubt!

- Indeed, one you get past the shock it's part of the charm  
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):
I think you'll find it's COLOMBIA, not "Columbia".

- Quite right!

Quoting wfm (Reply 12):
Another great TR. Looking for Brazil segment.

- Up soon, thanks for reading.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Also down back were the crew serving economy, though at this point they were all chatting in the galley, one of the FA's was really hot, wow, really hot, such as you'd cross the street hot, a long time since I've seen such a hot FA.

So, let me check the AV schedules, it seems I should go there sometimes!.

- I tell you my friend, I saw lot's of attractive women during my Bogota layover............

Cheers

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:12 am

Excellent TR, I am glad you liked AV's service!!
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:29 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Stepping off the plane and into BOG is like stepping back in time, it's just old, it looks like some areas are being re-painted, it will spruce it up a little, but nothing can detracts from the low ceilings and long corridors, ancient escalators, crowds of people and lack of space.

Agree 100%, fortunately BOG is already in the process of building a brand new international terminal. Once that's done, this old one will be demolished to give way for a new domestic terminal:




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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:08 am

Great report Mark, as usual. Man you're really making me want to take a trip to South America as my next big trip.

So, did you log your 100th A320 on this trip? Will there be a lot of celebration and hoopla around that?

Also, you really put me to shame, I've logged 22 A320s and just 10 A319s thus far.

I'm looking forward to your next installment.
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:38 am

Hi Mark,

Thanks again for sharing your adventures. I'm avidly looking forward to Part III! Avianca looks like a great carrier despite the poor lounge selections.

Regards,

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:31 pm

Hi Mark,

Good to see the second part of your adventure up. Very appropriate for me as you know I'm heading to Colombia in October and am planning to catch a domestic segment with AV, although I think I'll try to do the F100!

Their service looks top notch, and good to see proper business class seats on the Airbuses instead of the eurocurtains.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
In my youth, Columbia had for many years been a hot bed of trouble, it seemed almost weekly some new drugs lord had killed a government minister or taken control of half the country.

Tell me about it! But if was either Colombia or Venezuela, and my political views automatically disqualify me from visiting The Chavez Union...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
FID

Oh man, what a blast from the past!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
2 attractive female FA's
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
one of the FA's was really hot, wow, really hot, such as you'd cross the street hot, a long time since I've seen such a hot FA.

You know Colombia is world famous for the beauty of its women, and having some plastic surgery to add to it is nothing to think twice!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took the OJ though it tasted like some watered down shop cordial rather than real OJ.

Looks like that, too. Good to have a shot of your usual light paperback reading - that's one of your trademarks!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The food arrived along with my coffee, nice presentation and plenty of heavy cutlery.

Looks good indeed!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Not much room when the seat is reclined.

Quite poor, actually. Those seats are so thick - they look comfortable but I'd hate to have someone reclining on me like that!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Food offerings were still poor but the booze had picked up, red and White wine along with a few spirits including JW Black label, hmm, perhaps later....

Hmm, that doesn't sound like the greatest lounge in the world. You didn't think about heading into town for a couple of hours?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Amenity kits were also hand out, I'd not expected these so was quite plesantly surprised, that said, the flight was due to be around five and a half hours so that is transatlantic crossing to LHR from JFK really.

Nice, although I'd thought they'd be using one of the A330s on this flight!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The presentation was pretty good, I took a red wine to wash it down. The wine was excellent, the meal very tasty though the beef was a tought, that aside really enjoyed it.

Looks good, although I'm not sure about the stuff the beef is covered with?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I look forward to returning to Columbia in the future, this time clearing immigration to visit the country, not just see planes in the airport!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
So, let me check the AV schedules, it seems I should go there sometimes!.

So how about joining us in October? I'm afraid the cheap fares are long gone, though.
 
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:18 pm

Good report.
I worry about some details of AV service though. The quality of the orange juice and champagne in business class (for goodness sake!) are examples. The haphazard offerings at its main lounge are another.

In my own experience in 2 JFK-BOG flights in A319, arriving at 5.30 am after a 5 hour flight in economy, only water was offered prior to landing. Not even orange juice -so good to perk one up at that time- . And that water was not even pre-served in trays as more classy airline do.
Still, good that some aspects are fine..

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
I'm heading to Colombia in October and am planning to catch a domestic segment with AV, although I think I'll try to do the F100!

Forget it! AV are rapidly phasing out F100s and being replaced by A318s. Some F10s are already in storage, 6 are for sale, 4 are heading down to Brasil, and in any case they won't be operating commercial flights in Colombia after June.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Nice, although I'd thought they'd be using one of the A330s on this flight!

As from next week, AV will operate A330s into SCL, but only twice a week for now. The remainder will be in A319s.
 
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:04 am

Hi Mark,

very interesting continuation of your series with nice pictures! AV's J Class product looks fine, but not overwhelming.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I had stayed in the Hilton, part of the airport complex. My room had good views of the ramps and runways, though a film and etching on the glass made it a bit more difficult than normal to read moving aircraft registrations, that aside I still managed 120 new planes the previous day.

That's a lot! Would you recommend to stay at this hotel?


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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:33 am

Great trip report but please is Colombia not Columbia.
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:21 am

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:43 pm

Nice continuation of your trip reports!!
Have you noticed the first Avianca A319 you pictured after landing in BOG is PR-AVD, which actually operate for Avianca Brasil!?
The aircraft interiors look pretty new and modern. The meal service also looks very good.
Thanks for sharing, once again!!
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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:40 am

Great TR! I hope that in your next visit you'll be able to clear out customs and enjoy our Country.

Indeed, BOG-SCL is the longest leg operated by Avianca in an A319, followed by BOG/MDE-JFK which is around 5 hours. As it was previously posted, an A330 will be flying the BOG-SCL-BOG twice a week replacing a B762 which used to operate on that route, besides the 5x weekly A319 flight.

As for the VIP lounge, I completely agree with your conclusions. It is almost the same product offered on domestic routes, that for this purpose corresponds to a high standard considering that our domestic flights are around 1 hour flight time. But, of course, for international flights (including Europe bound services) the lounge must be improved.
 
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Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:03 am

Hi Mark ,
Great second part and really enjoyed reading about the Avianca product. Looks very nice. Also would love to visit Columbia one day and San Andres Island. Never got there yet.

Your routing is certainly a great one to follow.

Looking forward to the next parts.

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Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:10 pm

Thanks for the TR. Very nice written and very detailed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
although I think I'll try to do the F100!
Quoting Summa767 (Reply 20):
Some F10s are already in storage

I don't think you'll make it on time. I just saw 3 of them parked by in CLO between the Cargo and domestic aprons. The 318 fleet has been slwoly replacing them. I've already flew in one of them, nice powerful takeoff, although I think they've should put AVOD instead of droop down LCDs, like the rest of hte Airbus fleet.

Quoting Summa767 (Reply 20):
The haphazard offerings at its main lounge are another
Quoting jigarciar (Reply 25):
the lounge must be improved

I had the chance to ask about the lounge to some people in AV, and what they said is that they'll wait until the new terminal is inaugurated before investing in any lounge, basically they have no place to grow the actual one. I think they could do a little better with the drinks and food offerings....

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 16):
Agree 100%, fortunately BOG is already in the process of building a brand new international terminal. Once that's done, this old one will be demolished to give way for a new domestic terminal:

Last nite, I was bussed from the International terminal to the Puente Aereo, and talking to the bus driver he said construction is going on 24/7, so hopefully theyl'll meet with the 2012 deadline.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 5):
At some point post departure the captain gave a welcome speech in both Spanish and English, it was quite detailed with route information, speed, altitude etc, a rather nice touch which is sometimes lacking these days

I find that very amussing, and even is done in domestic flights. Great for us simmers!!!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Indeed, I would love to try out the service on a longhaul A330 service

You can try MAD-BOG in their Y+, which is basically a J seat with a Y service.....not bad for a tatl flight I guess. I've tried J in the BOG-JFK flight and it was good.

Quoting Summa767 (Reply 20):
JFK-BOG flights in A319, arriving at 5.30 am after a 5 hour flight in economy

I flew in J last year. Honestly, compared to the northbound A330 sector, too much of a product inconsistency. I rather take the 330 in Y.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
I'm off to BOG in October (in time for the rainy season!)

You been here before??


Cheers,

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:53 am

Very interesting report, thanks for sharing!
I flew with them in 2004 and service was ok, now they seem much better.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
so I went down back, let me tell you, not an empty seat in the plane.

Well, avianca had an estimated load factor of 96,3 % on BOG-SCL-BOG in february.
 
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Quoting DeSCL (Reply 28):
Well, avianca had an estimated load factor of 96,3 % on BOG-SCL-BOG in february.

Finding a seat between BOG and SCL has become a very difficult task lately. Lots of business going on between the two countries.
 
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Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:15 am

Hi Mark,

great report, and good to hear that you spotted some interesting metal and registrations during this trip. Nice to see the Cubana Il-62 still ina active use. Not sure if it still is in these days...
Shame about the lounges, one would expect a bit more, and drinks can be cooled elsewhere in another fridge, isn't it?! No excuse. Probably the standards in these countries are a bit lower and nobody seems to care?
I saw both AV A332 and 762 in BCN last year, indeed their colourscheme fits great on their aircrafts!

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Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:30 am

Nice trip report ! Looking forward to your next flights !  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 30):
Probably the standards in these countries are a bit lower

What do you exactly mean by 'these countries' ? Just because AV runs a lousy airport lounge at BOG, that doesn't mean there is a connection between that and service standards elsewhere in Colombia (or in other South American countries for that matter).


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Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:43 am

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 31):
What do you exactly mean by 'these countries' ? Just because AV runs a lousy airport lounge at BOG, that doesn't mean there is a connection between that and service standards elsewhere in Colombia (or in other South American countries for that matter).

I agree, in general terms the service industry has a higher standard in "these" countries that most anywhere in Europe with some exceptions in the public sector. AV does not have a better and larger lounge because the current airport will be demolished next year and the current building has physically no more space available. The airline in itself does not exactly say the standards are low in "these" countries.

Same goes for the comparison with a Vietnam airport, which it is really funny taking into consideration far inferior airport terminals such as LHR T1 and T2, CDG T1 and MAD T1 to name a few not so exotic places as beautiful Vietnam. Any how for a whole day of spotting not seeing the many billboards showing the new airport, especially taking into consideration the many cranes that are evident even in these (by the way very good) pictures is intersting to say the least.

Any how people finally see what they want to see, like wooden escalators where they do not even exist. Only place I have seen those are in the London Underground and I transit through BOG several times a week.
 
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Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:00 pm

Quoting Bogota (Reply 29):


Yes, chilean investments in Colombia, as colombian ones in Chile, have grown very fast these lasts years... same can be said about the colombian population here in Chile.


Do you know if they have plans to send the A330 to SCL more times a week?
 
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Mon May 02, 2011 10:06 am

Hi Mark,

Great report, always nice to see these rather unique flights pop up! Thanks for sharing.

Quite strange having a lounge that's impossible to find. Maybe it acts as a deterrant to use it!

The legroom does look tight for J.. However not having anyone next to you is probably just as good for a short hop.

I wonder what was up with the ground staff.. It seems like 1K was taken up by someone else!!

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/AVIANCA%202011/P1070636.jpg

Nice to see amenity kits for sub 6 hr flights! Pretty hard to come across these days!

Meals didn't seem too bad at all.. Though I think I'd be a little hesitant at first to eat the dinner! And with breakfast - what on earth is 2 potato wedges going to do!? Looks a little pitiful!

Looking forward to reading the next part! Thanks again.


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Mon May 02, 2011 2:53 pm

Quoting Bogota (Reply 32):
Any how people finally see what they want to see, like wooden escalators where they do not even exist. Only place I have seen those are in the London Underground

And in Macy's in New York.....  
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Fri May 06, 2011 6:28 am

Hi, sorry for the late replies, been away, not flying though  
Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 15):
Excellent TR

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 15):
I am glad you liked AV's service!!

- A very hospitable airline, look forward to flying with them again in the future.

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 16):
BOG is already in the process of building a brand new international terminal. Once that's done, this old one will be demolished to give way for a new domestic terminal:

- I noted the existing terminal has some good landside views over the ramp, hope they heep something similar in the new terminal.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 17):
Great report Mark, as usual

- Thanks  
Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 17):
Man you're really making me want to take a trip to South America as my next big trip.

- Go, great place!

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 17):
So, did you log your 100th A320 on this trip? Will there be a lot of celebration and hoopla around that?

- Yes hit the 100th but no TR for that sector.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 17):
Also, you really put me to shame, I've logged 22 A320s and just 10 A319s thus far.

- But I bet you have more 737 NG's under your belt than me, think I'm on around 10 if that!

Quoting robso2 (Reply 18):
Avianca looks like a great carrier despite the poor lounge selections.

- Indeed lounge aside excellent.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Good to see the second part of your adventure up. Very appropriate for me as you know I'm heading to Colombia in October and am planning to catch a domestic segment with AV, although I think I'll try to do the F100!

- Good luck P, not sure if they will still be there though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
good to see proper business class seats on the Airbuses instead of the eurocurtains.

- Yep, nice to have a decent size seat, just a shame about the legroom.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Good to have a shot of your usual light paperback reading - that's one of your trademarks!

- You know me, who needs IFE!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
Hmm, that doesn't sound like the greatest lounge in the world. You didn't think about heading into town for a couple of hours?

- Differing priorities than you, plane registrations are the name of the game.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 19):
So how about joining us in October? I'm afraid the cheap fares are long gone, though.

- Would have loved to, however a KE A380 is calling me..................

Quoting Summa767 (Reply 20):
I worry about some details of AV service though. The quality of the orange juice and champagne in business class (for goodness sake!) are examples. The haphazard offerings at its main lounge are another.

- Indeed those drinks were sub standard, good coffee though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
very interesting continuation of your series with nice pictures! AV's J Class product looks fine, but not overwhelming

- Thanks PH, correct observation, pretty good overall though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
That's a lot! Would you recommend to stay at this hotel?

- Yes just for it's proximity and ease, the bar area has open views of the ramp, very good when relaxing with a jar or 2  
Quoting TR763 (Reply 24):
Nice continuation of your trip reports!!

- Thanks, 3 more to come.

Quoting TR763 (Reply 24):
Have you noticed the first Avianca A319 you pictured after landing in BOG is PR-AVD, which actually operate for Avianca Brasil!?

- Indeed, I believe she had just recently been delivered.

Quoting jigarciar (Reply 25):
Great TR! I hope that in your next visit you'll be able to clear out customs and enjoy our Country.

- Thanks, that's the plan next time.

Quoting jigarciar (Reply 25):
As for the VIP lounge, I completely agree with your conclusions. It is almost the same product offered on domestic routes, that for this purpose corresponds to a high standard considering that our domestic flights are around 1 hour flight time. But, of course, for international flights (including Europe bound services) the lounge must be improved.

- It's the one area that is a let down, however after almost 9 hours there, it has some kind of charm about it.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 26):
Hi Mark ,
Great second part and really enjoyed reading about the Avianca product. Looks very nice. Also would love to visit Columbia one day and San Andres Island. Never got there yet.

- Thanks for reading Philip, it's worth a visit, wish I had more time, next time for sure.

Quoting DeSCL (Reply 28):
avianca had an estimated load factor of 96,3 % on BOG-SCL-BOG in february

- That's impressive!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 30):
great report, and good to hear that you spotted some interesting metal and registrations during this trip

- Hi Eric, thanks  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 30):
Nice to see the Cubana Il-62 still ina active use. Not sure if it still is in these days...

- Yes, I heard something about that too, such a shame if correct.

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 31):
Nice trip report ! Looking forward to your next flights

- Thanks, next up soon.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
Great report, always nice to see these rather unique flights pop up! Thanks for sharing.

- Thanks Nicholas.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
The legroom does look tight for J.. However not having anyone next to you is probably just as good for a short hop

- Yep, legroom sucked, you need an open seat!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
Nice to see amenity kits for sub 6 hr flights! Pretty hard to come across these days!

- Yes, was not expecting one and it's quite nice too.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
with breakfast - what on earth is 2 potato wedges going to do!? Looks a little pitiful!

- It tasted goo but I do agree just the 2 wedges is rather lacking.

Cheers

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Fri May 06, 2011 9:27 am

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 36):
But I bet you have more 737 NG's under your belt than me, think I'm on around 10 if that!

I've got 33, 1 736, 12 73G, 16 738, and 4 739/739ER

But who's counting?

Looking forward to your next installment.
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Sun May 08, 2011 4:29 pm

Excellent follow-up on your Latino TR series Mark  

I have always found that Avianca livery so attractive, and i am really into that A330 that we saw in Madrid on your previous TR  

Shame that the lounges were not up to speed, but i guess there are much worse out there.

I must say that the meals on Avianca look great, especially the breakfast you were served. Decent portion, and healthy!

Thanks for sharing  

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Sun May 08, 2011 11:19 pm

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 30):
Nice to see the Cubana Il-62 still ina active use. Not sure if it still is in these days...

This picture is special, the CU-T1284 was indeed the final Cubana Il-62 in service, it was withdrawn on 1 march 2011 so you probably catched it on the second to last trip it took !
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Sun May 15, 2011 9:35 pm

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Avianca, the current colour scheme on their aircraft is truly stunning, it seems to bring out the beauty in a plane, something some schemes fail to achieve.

True. Avianca's colour scheme is really amazing!!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Difficult spotting

How did you even manage to look out of that window lol. Those gaps in between the shaded squares seem quite challenging

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
As you can see from the pictures, the whole terminal looks like some kind of prison with all this metal cladding over it.

HSBC airbridges all over the world lol

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
whilst we sat I took in the view outside, the ancient terminal building, it's beautiful architecture,the beautiful shapes of Avianca A330's and the lovely LAN 763 with those fantastic shaped winglets, this was truly a sight to behold,

Sometimes there are these magical moments when taxing to the gate, especially when a departing jet on the runway you just landed on, takes to air screaming just feet from your window!!!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
View outside

The Avianca tails at night look even better.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
one of the FA's was really hot, wow, really hot, such as you'd cross the street hot, a long time since I've seen such a hot FA.

Has Sofia Vergara now taken up employment with Avianca? hee,hee
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Thu May 19, 2011 4:21 am

Excellent trip report, it's nice to see some photos from my home airport.
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:12 am

Hi all, apologies for the late reply, not enough time on my hands these days!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 38):
Excellent follow-up on your Latino TR series Mark

- Thanks Roni, glad you are enjoying, must get the 3rd one out!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 38):
I must say that the meals on Avianca look great, especially the breakfast you were served. Decent portion, and healthy!

- Spot on, the meals were excellent, I'd love to try them out longhaul on the 332.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 39):
This picture is special, the CU-T1284 was indeed the final Cubana Il-62 in service, it was withdrawn on 1 march 2011 so you probably catched it on the second to last trip it took !

- I know, saw it was supposed to have been retired, a real sham, it's the old VC-10 in effect, though she was better looking.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 40):
Has Sofia Vergara now taken up employment with Avianca? hee,hee

- I'm going to google her!

Quoting mabadia71 (Reply 41):
Excellent trip report, it's nice to see some photos from my home airport.

- Glad you enjoyed  

Cheers

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Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:05 pm

Excellent report as always and something a little different on here,

Thanks for sharing.
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Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:13 pm

Quoting A340600 (Reply 43):
Excellent report as always and something a little different on here,

Thanks for sharing.

- No worries, thanks for reading, next part is up now  

Cheers

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Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:21 pm

Hi Mark,

I am sorry for the late reply. Nevertheless, I wish to let you know that I really enjoyed your spotting adventure on board of Avianca. Excellent report with lots of beautiful pictures!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
120 new planes

Wow, that’s a lot! So can you tell what was your favorite? Most beautiful livery? Most spotted aircraft type? Most exciting registration?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
looks like it used to be a really nice area.

It looks like a sterile area in a 007 movie!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Documents checked I was directed left to the large economy queue, guess he never checked my documents that well, business class I said and pointed to the premium line, yes he replied and I turned right.

I think it was a kind of automatism. Could he be bored? Poor guy!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the previous nights meal in the airports Italian restaurant had not been the greatest, leaving behind more than I ate

What a shame. I wonder if there is any Mexican restaurant around.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a Hudsons Newspaper outlet

Probably to cater US passengers traveling through MEX.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a Taca 190

The livery just looks gorgeous on E-jet!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
did she think I needed company?

Probably she thought that your seatmate needed a company!  



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
At some point post departure the captain gave a welcome speech in both Spanish and English, it was quite detailed with route information, speed, altitude etc, a rather nice touch which is sometimes lacking these days

A nice gesture indeed. We, A.netters, can really appreciate it.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the youngest of the two crew serving our cabin came over to apologies for my choice not being available, would I be ok with the omelette?

It was thoughtful of her to advise you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The food was good as was the coffee, all in all not a bad meal for this flight duration.

You finished it off, but the grape. What was wrong with that?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once past this you take a rickety wooden escalator to the international departures area

In that case, I would prefer taking a staircase.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge entrance is guarded by a stern looking lady, unless you have the right credentials you won't be getting in,

I think she is doing a great job.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
as usual those seats next to the window are occupied by people who don't look outside!

Annoying. I experienced the same while visiting Servisair lounge. I tried not to bother them and just stood next to the window for some spotting.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
View from my new seat
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
View outside

I cannot help asking you these questions again. What was your favorite? Most beautiful livery? Most spotted aircraft type? Most exciting registration?

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
the flight was due to be around five and a half hours

Which one did you enjoy more? The leg with BA A318 from LCY or this?

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
one of the FA's was really hot, wow, really hot, such as you'd cross the street hot, a long time since I've seen such a hot FA

Haha, it reminds me of my encounter with Emirates purser Sanjay on our flight back to Amsterdam.

Thanks for sharing and I will read the next part right away.

Cheers,
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Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:41 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
I am sorry for the late reply.

- No worries Suryo, sometimes we lack the time to keepmup with TR's, at least I have of late!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
I wish to let you know that I really enjoyed your spotting adventure on board of Avianca. Excellent report with lots of beautiful pictures!

- Glad you enjoyed my Avianca travels, I did like that airline.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
120 new planes

Wow, that’s a lot! So can you tell what was your favorite? Most beautiful livery? Most spotted aircraft type? Most exciting registration?

- Well the best livery was of course Avianca, such s superb livery, most spotted type, well suspect the 319/320 series @ BOG.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
looks like it used to be a really nice area.

It looks like a sterile area in a 007 movie!

- Right one, could well have been!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the previous nights meal in the airports Italian restaurant had not been the greatest, leaving behind more than I ate

What a shame. I wonder if there is any Mexican restaurant around

- There were some Mexican take out types but I wanted to sit and read with my book and a glass of wine, the place looked ok, shame the food failed to live up to the visuals.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The food was good as was the coffee, all in all not a bad meal for this flight duration.

You finished it off, but the grape. What was wrong with that?

- I get annoyed by the seed's in grapes so I tend to avoid them.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once past this you take a rickety wooden escalator to the international departures area

In that case, I would prefer taking a staircase.

- Oh no, this is history!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
the flight was due to be around five and a half hours

Which one did you enjoy more? The leg with BA A318 from LCY or this?

- The BA 318 flight for sure, that was something special, well more special than this.

Cheers

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Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:02 pm

Amazing amazing trip report.
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Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:46 pm

Quoting ogre727 (Reply 47):

Amazing amazing trip report.

- Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed  

Cheers

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RE: Part II - Heading South With Avianca!

Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:24 pm

Hello Mark,

Nice report! Seems like AV are offering a pretty decent medium haul product on their A320/319, at least good that they use proper J seats unlike most EU airlines. Just makes me wonder how well their product performs financially.

Food looked rather decent, like how they serve the dessert as last, after the trays have been cleared away.

The Lounge in BOG did however not seem too good, also those HP computers, I'm guessing they had some promotional furnishing contract since there appeared to be HP signs scattered on other places around the lounge as well?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas
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