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BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:09 pm

Dear readers,
Welcome to my first trip report.

First I would like to thank the great trip report writers who I have thoroughly enjoyed reading (BA319-131, Ronerone, Planehunter etc).

This report will cover a small section of what will hopefully be an amazing summer in Argentina and Brazil. First, let me introduce you to my journey which covers my flights with BA from GVA to EZE via LHR in Y and my flight with TAM Mercosur from AEP to GIG and then the return journey from GIG to GVA via LHR.

Background
Latin America has always enchanted me. There’s something about the bustling markets, the Andean music, the wilderness of the Jungle and its colonial history that has prompted me to embark upon my third visit to the continent. I had already spent 3 weeks the previous year in Ecuador visiting the Galapagos, the Amazon and the Andes, and a month in Costa Rica and Panama the year before. This time I wanted to venture further South. The perfect opportunity arose when a friend of mine moved to Buenos Aires! I also wanted to learn Portuguese for professional reasons and decided to enrol on a 6 week Portuguese programme in Maceió, Northern Brazil (for those Brazilians reading, no the Northern accent isn’t horrible!). In this trip report I will only cover the flight from AEP to GIG and omit the following GIG-SSA-MCZ flights as they are fairly uneventful (I have posted a few pics at the end, for those that can get there!).

I shopped around on various websites to check out prices and flight combos. As I have only recently taken up my first full time job, the choice of Y was out of necessity, not choice – a shame, as I had greatly enjoyed the MAD-UIO flight the previous year in J courtesy of my parents.
After deliberating long and hard about paying extra to fly GVA-IAD-EZE with UA (purely for the joy of the extra flying), I decided eventually to book GVA-LHR-EZE on BA. Sorted.



20th June 2011
Geneva In’tl Cointrin (GVA) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA735
Scheduled:18:45-19:25
Actual: 19:05-
Duration: 1h40
Distance: 470m
Class: Euro Traveller
Seat

Airbus A320-200
Reg: G-EUYC
Delivery date: 12/2008


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Routing
Geneva is a fascinating airport – mind you, I would say that as it is my home airport – it has a very long single concrete runway (3’600m) parallel to a grass runway that is used for flight training and private aviation purposes. As a financial center, and one of the most international towns in Europe (40% of its population is foreign), GVA is host to a wide variety of flights with the big intercontinental ones being JFK, EWR, IAD, YUL, DXB, AUH. Asides from the wide range of European flights, which increase substantially during the ski season, GVA is a huge center for corporate jets and for those with PPL.

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New exterior branding
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Advertisements for the new daily EK flight
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BA Check-in desks

Usual arrival at the airport, the car drop-off area has now become in desperate need for expansion with it being full at all times of the day. I arrived two hours before the scheduled departure time only to see the dreaded red letters showing on the FIDS for BA 735. Luckily, only a 20 minute delay was on the cards. This wouldn’t pose a problem for the connecting flight which departed 2.5h after arrival. Afternoons are quite quiet at GVA. The three satellite terminals, in the middle of the tarmac, are host to all non-Schengen European/African flights, with some exceptions such as AC service to YUL. I noticed that one of them had no planes at the jetbridges and so I went along to find a completely empty terminal. Yes please! It also provided some good photo opportunities...  http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa361/robso2/Buenos%20aires/P1010818.jpg
Empty satellite terminal
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FIDS

Boarding commenced with Club Europe Gold/Premier customers followed by Euro traveller. A relatively painless affair, the purser welcomed me onboard and directed me towards the front of the cabin (just behind Club Europe). I had strategically chosen an emergency exit seat, only to find, at great disappointment, that it appeared to have little to no extra legroom compared with the standard seat offering. I wasn’t too bothered as this was only a short hop.

The captain came on apologising for the delay, explaining that there had been significant delays across European ATC and that caused the delay of the income aircraft. Anyway, we were quickly underway, a long taxi from B-gates and after a short take-off roll we rotated off 23R bound for LHR.

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Nice view of the Saleve mountain as we take off
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Flight was relatively uneventful – several updates from the captain were welcome, informing us we were flying to 38’000 feet. It was so relaxing to not be on a LCC for once as I am used to the likes of U2. I ordered a sparkling water (which the flight attendant gracefully fetched from CY to get for me) and took the savoury snack, namely a pack of... actually I don’t know exactly what it was – a sort of crisp I suppose that were flavoured with curry. Very tasty, shame the pack wasn’t larger! Having left in splendid weather it soon became apparent that LHR was not to be blessed with the same temperatures or conditions which a shame for taking photos. Luckily we were not kept in a holding pattern and we quickly landed.

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Tasty snack
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Unimpressive legroom in ET
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Interesting new software for the display map – thought it was quite good, with a fake 'pilot view'!
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A rainy scene greeted me...
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And... landed!

I had plenty of time in T5 so I had a quick walk around the terminal and took a few snaps just as the light was beginning to fade:
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FIDS
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763



20th June 2011
London Heathrow (LHR) – Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (EZE)
British Airways BA245
Scheduled: 2155-0735
Actual: 2105-0740
Duration: 13h40
Distance: 5999 nm
Class: World Traveller
Seat: 27A


Boeing 777-236/ER
Reg: G-YMMS
Delivery date: 05/2009


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G-YMMR waiting for me
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744 departing to DEL

Welcomed onboard by the purser and made my way down the cabin, enviously looking at the Club World offering. Travelling through WT+ I must say I’m glad I didn’t take advantage of the CHF250 offer to upgrade one-way, despite this being a very good offer, the legroom would probably have been less good than that of the emergency exit seat that was to host me for the next 13h. Although I think that premium economy is a good idea, I think that the BA offering is not really worth the money (which is usually about double the Y fare) as, asides from the extra miles, the seat pitch does not seem hugely better (even though it amounts to 7”). I digress.

Once the powerful RR Trent’s were fired up we had a short taxi to 27R and lifted off powerfully into the clear night sky. The CC quickly got going with the pre-meal drink service and I opted for a Jack and coke – an absolute favourite!

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The meal service got going relatively swiftly after. BA sends 3-class 777’s to EZE which are split into 48J/24W/203Y – I was in the second of the two WT sections, sitting in the emergency exit row. I chose this due to the space it provided and also as I thought I might get a window – unfortunately 27A does not have a window, and its location adjacent to the emergency exit makes it quite cold during the flight. Shame. Back to the meal; chicken paella with mixed veg was the main I chose – it was decent, nothing outstanding, but nothing terrible. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo with the wrapper off, and it being a night flight I didn’t fancy using the flash – sorry about the quality!

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As soon as the meal service was over I washed down a Nytol with a glass of water and within 20 minutes I was fast asleep. As nytol only works for 6 hours, I woke up with around 5h30 left so I settled in to Lincoln Lawyer – a decent film.

I has a wander round the WT cabin and chatted to a few flight attendants, one of whom explained to me that Buenos Aires was a really popular destination for crew and that she had waited several years to travel there. I was also surprised that BA only requires one member of the crew to speak the language of the country being flown to.

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Clean toilets
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WT cabin
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Flying over Northern Brazil

I dozed off again before breakfast – which was a full English when it eventually arrived, and I had two stiff coffees to wake me up.

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Soon we were flying in over the West of Buenos Aires and touched down at 0740, in the dark. Quite a strange feeling flying for over 13h, taking off in the dark and landing in the dark! As we taxied to the gate I could make out two Aerolineas Argentinas A340s, one of which we parked next to. A little later an AA 763 landed and the hoard of other European flights such as LH, AF etc.

Couple of shots from Buenos Aires:
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National Congress
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Delicious steak !
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Very European architecture

After 6 cold, windy and highly exciting days in Buenos Aires it was time to head North. I chose to fly from AEP instead of EZE as it allowed me to visit a new airport and it was also more convenient to get to.

[Edited 2011-08-20 09:15:17]

[Edited 2011-08-20 09:59:42]
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:10 pm

26th June 2011
Aeroparque Jorge Newbury (AEP) – Rio de Janeiro Galeão Int’l (GIG)
TAM Mercosur: PZ703
Scheduled:1105 – 1425
Actual: 1115-1425
Duration: 3h05
Distance: 1063 nm
Class: Economy
Seat: 8A

Airbus A320-200
Reg: PT-MZN
Delivery date: 01/2001


Map routing
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Aeroparque is a small airport in the North East of Buenos Aires and operates mainly domestic flights but has recently started operating international flights to Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
Check-in was a bit painful – from my experience it seems that South Americans love to check-in as much baggage as possible, often including backpacks and cabin size bags. Rather baffling as it means long queues to check in and longer waiting for baggage delivery. Is it the novelty? Anyway I had plenty of time to spare. Very friendly agent finally tagged my bags and kindly pointed out I needed to recheck them in upon arrival in Rio (as I was travelling further North to Maceió).

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FIDS
A very dull wait and an overpriced coffee later I was heading down to a bus that would escort us to the beautiful Rio themed A320 that was doing today’s ACN-AEP-GIG flight. This also allowed some good photo opportunities...

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My beautiful Rio-themed A320

Taxiing:
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After take off, to my surprise (and delight), TAM distributed some caramel sweets (sadly not the infamous Dulce de Leche) and shortly after hot towels were handed out in Y (!). Meal choice was chicken or ravioli. Having indulged in meat all week thanks to the delicious Argentinian meats, I opted for the ravioli which was stuffed with cheese and in a creamy sauce, quite tasty! A nice little salad helped appease the carbohydrate-dense meal.

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Blanket of clouds beneath us

Although the plane was equipped with IFE, none was shown – this suited me fine as I had lots of episodes of House to catch up on!

We had a fairly uneventful flight across Uruguay and up through Southern Brazil – though some lovely view of Rio were visible on the approach. We had a fast decent into GIG flying over the South of the City and then turning sharply to land on runway 10/28.
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:11 pm

A few pics from my wonderful stay in A cidade maravilhosa:
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Sugarloaf, as seen from Copacabana beach
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Sunset on Ipanema beach



8th August 2011
Rio de Janeiro Int’l Galeão (GIG) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways: BA 248
Scheduled:22:45 – 14:00
Actual: 22:45-13:59
Duration: 11h15
Distance: 4983 nm
Class: World Traveller (Economy)
Seat: 22K

Boeing 777-236/ER
Reg: G-YMME
Delivery date: 16/04/2000


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I arrived almost 6h early in Galeão airport as I wanted to avoid the evening traffic and get to the airport before dark. Terminal 1, the oldest of the two terminals, is in need of a refurbishment as it is dark and a bit dirty. I waited around for 3 hours, until check-in opened, which was completely empty and I checked in my bags through to Geneva.
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FIDS
As I was talking to the check-in agent in English, and his English was perfect, I was wondering how BA contract workers in airports where they do not operate a daily service. The check-in agent can only work 3 days a week for BA (and only for about a 6h period during those days) and has to speak good English for the customers. Must be quite expensive...

Anyway after check-in I proceeded through to security which was a fast affair and into the immigration line, which took about 10 minutes or so. A very pleasant officer wished me a pleasant flight and stamped by passport.

Boarding was rather chaotic. A BA gate agent had specially prepared the different boarding lanes, and boarding was announced first for Business/gold and silver members, who proceeded to board. After, when attempting to board economy class by row numbers, everyone gathered round the gate, at which point the gate agent had left so everyone piled into the queue.

At this point I got a bit tired of compiling this TR. As it is my first, I hope you will excuse me!  Smile
A few pics from the rest of the journey:
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Flying over central London, for a landing on 27L (which oddly, I took off from merely an hour and a quarter later)
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Holding over Southern London
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LCY visible in the distance
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Landed!
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T2 under construction

My other route to and from the Northeast:


And a few snaps from up there and the flights:
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Taking off from Salvador (SSA)
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Runway at SSA
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Maceió
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Praia do Gunga (Alagoas)
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Recife
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Olinda

Hope you enjoyed reading, if you managed to get all this way, and I appreciate any comments!

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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:21 pm

A nice report, and Buenos Aires looks very European!
 
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:58 pm

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Geneva is a fascinating airport

I absolutely agree.

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
mind you, I would say that as it is my home airport

Could it be because it is also my home airport ?  

That being said, I very much enjoyed your excellent trip report. Congratulations and happy travel always !
 
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:56 pm

Great first report, really enjoyed the pictures an text, nice to see a few of the destination too - the steak looked great!

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
I would like to thank the great trip report writers who I have thoroughly enjoyed reading (BA319-131, Ronerone, Planehunter etc).

- Very kind, glad you enjoyed the previous reports  
Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
chicken paella with mixed veg was the main I chose – it was decent, nothing outstanding, but nothing terrible. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo with the wrapper off, and it being a night flight I didn’t fancy using the flash – sorry about the quality!

- Looks a decent enough meal for Y, good move on not using the flash, always good to avoid using it on a plane, other passengers will think you are odd!

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
After take off, to my surprise (and delight), TAM distributed some caramel sweets (sadly not the infamous Dulce de Leche) and shortly after hot towels were handed out in Y (!). Meal choice was chicken or ravioli. Having indulged in meat all week thanks to the delicious Argentinian meats, I opted for the ravioli which was stuffed with cheese and in a creamy sauce, quite tasty! A nice little salad helped appease the carbohydrate-dense meal.

- Not a bad looking meal, I had 4 domestic TAM flights earlier in the year, they were pretty decent, better I though than an international segment I had with them.

Looking forward to more reports in the future.

Cheers

Mark
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:18 pm

Washington is not a nice airport. Seating on UA is same as BA; a tight 31" but on UA you can pay $100 extra for 34 inch seating.
 
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:03 pm

Great report!
Nice that you've flown the Rio Bird!! Although I find it pretty ugly, it's always good to fly on a special scheme bird!!
But... I can't see any of your pictures!
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:03 am

Hi R.,

very interesting first report, I'm glad you decided to start writing! Unfortunately, I cannot see the pictures, but I will have a look again once they are available again. If you are planning to write a few reports per year, you should consider an upgrade. I have been quite satisfied with Photobucket Pro.

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
First I would like to thank the great trip report writers who I have thoroughly enjoyed reading (BA319-131, Ronerone, Planehunter etc).

Thanks, that's nice to hear!   

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Latin America has always enchanted me. There’s something about the bustling markets, the Andean music, the wilderness of the Jungle and its colonial history that has prompted me to embark upon my third visit to the continent. I had already spent 3 weeks the previous year in Ecuador visiting the Galapagos, the Amazon and the Andes, and a month in Costa Rica and Panama the year before. This time I wanted to venture further South. The perfect opportunity arose when a friend of mine moved to Buenos Aires! I

Sounds very good. I have never been to that continent, maybe next year...

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
I was also surprised that BA only requires one member of the crew to speak the language of the country being flown to.

That's odd. What happens if he/she gets sick during the flight?

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
A very dull wait and an overpriced coffee later I was heading down to a bus that would escort us to the beautiful Rio themed A32

Wow, you were very lucky considering that TAM's A320 fleet is the fourth largest in the world!


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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:26 am

Damn it cant see the pics 
 
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Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:45 am

Much better. Great pics and report.
 
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:54 pm

Hi Rob,

good to hear you have decided to upgrade!

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Delicious steak !

That looks delicious indeed!

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
My beautiful Rio-themed A320

Great shot!

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Having indulged in meat all week thanks to the delicious Argentinian meats, I opted for the ravioli which was stuffed with cheese and in a creamy sauce, quite tasty!

Not bad!

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Sunset on Ipanema beach

What a scenery!

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Flying over central London, for a landing on 27L (which oddly, I took off from merely an hour and a quarter later)

That wing is quite dirty.

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Praia do Gunga (Alagoas)

Lovely!


PH
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Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:01 pm

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
I chose this due to the space it provided and also as I thought I might get a window – unfortunately 27A does not have a window,

Unfortunately, none of the exit row seats in Y class on 777s have windows. It's not just that particular one.

Great first trip report. Well done.
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:31 am

Nice report! Buenos Aires is definitely on the short places I'd like to visit. Looks very cool!

I'm surprised that BA operates the 777 on an overnight flight to EZE ... Then it sits all day at the airport before the return to LHR? Interesting.

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:27 am

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
nd took the savoury snack, namely a pack of... actually I don’t know exactly what it was – a sort of crisp I suppose that were flavoured with curry. Very tasty, shame the pack wasn’t larger!

I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!

Managed to get another bag when I was on a Shuttle to Manchester.

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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:58 am

I'll be going on World Traveller soon so was very glad to read your report! There aren't many. Thanks for sharing, & I'm very envious of your trip to EZE!

 
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:32 pm

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 4):
I very much enjoyed your excellent trip report. Congratulations and happy travel always !

Thanks!!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Great first report, really enjoyed the pictures an text, nice to see a few of the destination too

Glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Looking forward to more reports in the future

Yes, me too. Btw, speaking of future reports - I am eagerly awaiting the final installment of your LatAm trip...  
Quoting TR763 (Reply 7):
Great report!
Nice that you've flown the Rio Bird!!

I know, was a lucky showing!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Wow, you were very lucky considering that TAM's A320 fleet is the fourth largest in the world!

Indeed! I was really thrilled.

Quoting joffie (Reply 10):
Great pics and report

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
very interesting first report, I'm glad you decided to start writing

Me too, finally  
Quoting CXB77L (Reply 12):
Unfortunately, none of the exit row seats in Y class on 777s have windows. It's not just that particular one.
I realized afterwards, so I got a window seat on the return instead
Great first trip report. Well done.

Thanks  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Nice report! Buenos Aires is definitely on the short places I'd like to visit. Looks very cool!
Yeah it is a great city, I recommend it.
I'm surprised that BA operates the 777 on an overnight flight to EZE ... Then it sits all day at the airport before the return to LHR? Interesting.

Yeah it arrives in at 07:35 and then leaves again at 13:25 so a fair amount of time - it's probably due to availability of landing slots at Heathrow though...

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 14):
I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!

Managed to get another bag when I was on a Shuttle to Manchester.

Nice little TR  

Thanks! Yeah they are great, I had another bag on the way back with mediterranean flavouring.
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:31 pm

Now we've got them!
Great pictures!!
What was your impression of Maceió?
I´ve been there once and have an opinion about it, but I'd love to read the opinion of a foreigner!

Thank you for sharing!
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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:35 pm

Great report, giving it's your first one too! 10/10, it's very well presented!!
I absolutely enjoyed all the photos!!

So what was your final decision of BA over UA?
Yeah, with UA it would take more flying time but shall cost just a bit more?
And hey, maybe Star alliance status?
Seem like almost all booking class on UA earns 100% miles toward Mileage Plus with very few exception!!!
And you also flew with TAM!! More STAR miles!!

The Rio plane reminds me of NOK AIR of Thailand   But RIO is way more popular!! Yeah, a Disney bird lol

Quoting robso2 (Thread starter):
Check-in was a bit painful – from my experience it seems that South Americans love to check-in as much baggage as possible, often including backpacks and cabin size bags. Rather baffling as it means long queues to check in and longer waiting for baggage delivery.

See my version -

Flying US domestic was always a pain in the a.. (air, I mean) – from my experience it seems that Americans love to carry as much (and as heavy) carry-on baggage as possible, often including unnecessary stuff which they will never use at their destinations (we call TRASH). Rather baffling as it means long queues at security, jet bridge and aircraft aisle while waiting for the person in front to find his overhead bin space.
And ofcourse, luggage being wheeled over my feet everywhere I walk in the terminal. Plus no sitting seats and walk ways in front of gate as everyone lay their carry-on baggage over and around!!

How about that? lol

Anyhow, keep them coming. I enjoy your trip report with all the necessary pic attached here!
I'm too lazy to follow/click the link or spend 6 minutes watching take-off/landing run (all the same to me after 200 flights) on youtube!

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RE: BA To BA, Rio To Rio And A Bit Extra

Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:58 pm

Quoting TR763 (Reply 17):
What was your impression of Maceió?
I´ve been there once and have an opinion about it, but I'd love to read the opinion of a foreigner!

Well it was OK. I was in Ponta Verde (the nicer more upmarket neighbourhood) for most of my stay, and I never went to the Centro as it is quite dangerous - the beaches are beautiful on a sunny day, but can quickly be ruined by the nearby traffic and the pollution following heavy rain

Quoting nethkt (Reply 18):
Great report, giving it's your first one too! 10/10, it's very well presented!!
I absolutely enjoyed all the photos!!

thank you nethkt, I appreciate your support  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 18):
So what was your final decision of BA over UA?

Cost was about £100 less for BA, and I'm also an Executive Club member so thought that would. be worth it

Quoting nethkt (Reply 18):
Seem like almost all booking class on UA earns 100% miles toward Mileage Plus with very few exception!!!
And you also flew with TAM!! More STAR miles!!

Yes I have a Miles & More account so that counted, I know you are an avid STAR fan!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 18):
See my version -

Haha very funny, the complete opposite!
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