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Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:12 am

Dear readers, welcome to the much delayed fourth installment of my travels to Mexico and beyond into South America.



This report follows my domestic hop between the busy domestic aiports of CGH - Sao Paulo Congonhas and SDU - Santos Dumont.

On any given weekday there are over 60 daily flights between these two aiports, that's quite amazing, and don't forget the 10 from CGH to GIG and 15 non stops between GRU & GIG, the air traffic between these two cities is amazing.

Let's fly the air shuttle.

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06-03-2011
JJ3912
CGH-SDU
A319-132 PR-MBW Built 2009 - 1 of 2 special logo jets.
Seat 4A Economy Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 86th A319 flight (232nd A32X flight)
Sch Dep 09:00 Sch Arr 10:00
Act Dep 08:55 Act Arr 09:44


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Having previously flown from CGH a few days previously I decided to play safe again and leave plenty of time.

It only takes 5 minutes to walk from the hotel to the airport, not the greatest walk though,it's a bit grotty usually with a few people sleeping rough and some form of body produced product in the corners of the bridge, I'll say no more.........

The bridge with the Ibis in the background
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View of the airport from the bridge.
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Airport
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Old VASP signage.
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Interior views
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TAM's check-in area tends to bee a bit of a zoo in the morning and the self service check in units can be a tad unreliable,as was the case today. Only a couple of machines appeared to be working, thankfully most people were checking baggage, hence the long queues, so I was able to snag one of the machines.

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The process is a tad laborious, at least for foreigners, we are required to put in passport number, it's expiry date, your date of birth, a contact name and a contact phone number, so it's hardly a quick affair.

Process completed the machine was out of paper, so no boarding passes!

I track down a member of staff, they seem under staffed IMO, she speaks no English and my Portuguese won't get me through this problem, so she gestures and I follow, we are in search of an English speaker I suspect.

Correct, a few minutes later an English speaking member of staff comes over and asks the nature of the problem, I slowly explain that I have completed check-in, however the machine has run out of paper, so I need my boarding passes re-printed, ah, no problem, we head off towards the side of the main check-in area so he can re-print the documents, en-route we pass the faulty machine, now being used by somebody else, I point this out, it's ignored.

My new BP's a handed over a few minutes later, I thank the chap and head back to head upstairs for security and the gates, note how quiet the GOL area is by comparison.

You can take the stairs
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or the escalator
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To the 1st floor and security, here is a view from the upper level.
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This is my second time clearing security, on both both occasions it has been a swift experience with all of the screening machines manned.

Once through, a couple of terminal views including some kind of Renault we don't see in Europe.
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By 07:45 I am sat at gate 4 with a coffee facing the runway wrighting this report up, the airport is busy with frequent tannoy announcements in Portugese and English for boarding, gate changes etc , it's not a quiet airport by any means.

The gate is occupied by a plane which only started boarding just after 8am, I suspect we will be bussed again, same as the other day.
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At 08:25 there was a gate change announcement, as expected, the new gate was next door, gate 3, they may have said boarding would start shortly, not sure so I lined up with the others too.

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Sat outside was one of the two A319 logo jets which are I understand dedicated to the CGH-SDU-CGU shuttle.

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TAM have a you form 2 queues when boarding via an air bridge, rows 1 to 15 stand to the left of the gate area and those in rows 16 and higher to the right, obviously the higher numbers board first.

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Boarding started 5 minutes later.

A few shots en-route.

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When entering the plane a FA is standing there saying Bon Dia but no boarding pass checks, as I headed the short distance to row 3 I noted this machine had quite different seat fabric to the previous TAM A320's I had flown, in fact they both had different fabrics to each other.

Seat pitch is tight on these birds, though the use of recaro type seating helps a little.
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Adverts on the seatbacks
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In addition I noted this machine had 2 power sockets for every 3 seats, no doubt these have saved numerous sales people by giving them power to finish that all important sales presentation.

As per my previous domestic flights, the plane soon filled up and the seats next to me were occupied. There we a few spare seats, these were all taken up by a mix of TAM aircrew,mi imagine heading home?

Push took back 5 minutes early, here are a few shots of our short taxi out to the active, as you can see, we are really part of the city here.

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The captain said a couple of works and I mean a couple, no comments from him in English.

The safety demo on this plane was different to the last, it was made with real people in a really funky kind of 70's retro style, it was really good and made a change from the usual naff animations we seem to be stuck with these days, follow the link to watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FkpYJW-2NI&feature=player_detailpage

Takeoff roll was less than a minute, wheels up @ 09:03.

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Today was perhaps the best day weather wise since I have been in Sao Paulo, the rain has stopped and the sun appeared to be attempting to show it's face, however as we climbed and headed towards Rio the cloud content increased.

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Once released the crew served a snack box and a choice of tea/coffee and a wide selection of soft drinks, I took coffee, which was quite sweet.

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The contents were a small tub of fruit, a small tub of some kind of yoghurt and the roll had cheese and ham in it, all in all not bad, especially for the flight duration. If I have one criticism it is the amount of packaging used, all this plastic in not necessary, take the White box it came in, why not use card or hand it out in a brown bag?

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Some 20 minutes into the flight we began a slow descent. Nothing much to see but cloud outside.

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I literally just finished the coffee and service items were cleared, descent became more rapid and we were enveloped by thick cloud, streaks of water crossed the window outside.

Almost nothing to see below expect cloud, then for a brief moment a runway, seconds later an AF 747-400, we were overhead GIG, if only I had the camera ready!

Cloud slowly clearing
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Dropping down lower the clouds began to thin out a little, there you go, Rio!
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Nobody on the beach yet, I suspect the rain has something to do with that.
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Some shots on finals.
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Oil?
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Is there a runway?
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Yes, wheels down @ 09:44, some 16 minutes early and only around 41 minutes flying time, not bad!
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Taxi time was very short
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we had gate 1, we we on stand just a few minutes later.
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Nice view!
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Welcome to Rio everybody!

Last look at my machine
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The gate area is nice and new, it appears to have been built in front of a new terminal building and the original building.

Arrivals area, note the large fans blowing cool air, it's very humid in here, the reason being it's open at one section to the outside.
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The new terminal section
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From the outside, the old building looks quite Soviet in style,I could be on a street in Moscow back in the 40's.

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I love the style of the building, very retro yet then are modern touches such as this glass wall offering views of the apron outside. I suspect this too was once open and passengers entered the terminal building here upon arrival from their plane, oh how I wish it were still the same today.

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Construction on this building begain in 1936, being completed in 1947.

More terminal shots.
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As you exit and turn left, this takes you towards the departure terminal, this is a modern affair and lacks the charm of the original terminal building.
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I'm sure you could walk into town in less than 10 minutes! Not today though, too humid for walking too far in jeans, it's shorts weather for sure
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A two minute walk from the departures building brings to you to the local,Hertz office, not quite the Heathrow set up.....
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and some water beyond, the views are pretty good, following the patch to get a better view of the mountain, it always reminds me on James Bond and The film Moonraker.
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Departing Webjet
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Beach
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It was actually a nice walk,though the rubbish that collects in the rocks in terrible.
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Walking back on the sea wall I noted somebody has built a home on the old pier.
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I returned to the arrivals terminal and took a seat by the glass wall overlooking the taxi and runways in the hope of catching a new registration or two whilst writing up this report.
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I just love the feel of this place, the high ceilings, the amazing humidity and the noise, very noisy, i suspect it echos off of the marble floors and high ceilings.
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My half hour or so afforded me a Trip E170 and an AZUL E190, i decided then to head back the departure terminal.

En-route more views.
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The once panoramic views from the 1st floor restaraunt are now blighted by the new glass terminal extension, sad.
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A small covered walkway connects the two terminals.
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Whilst the departures terminal lacks and external aesthetic beauty, internally good use has been made of light and altogether it is quite a pleasant place.
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FID
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Seems the second floor has not been completed yet, I imagine the external views from there will be a little better than the 1st floor, this just has limited views over the glass departure gates.
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With plenty of time to kill I decide to head airside, take a look around and grab a beer.

Clearing security was again a breeze, 5 machines and all manned, I had the choice of them all being the sole person there at that time.

The gate area is open and bright, as you would expect with so much glass, though note it is heavily tinted to keep out the sun.
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Passing traffic
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Another look at the new terminal, this from airside.
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The old building, oh so grand and now looking a bit tatty, it's a great shame this was not refurbished and upgraded rather than build the new terminal and gates,that said, I suspect it's now not big enough given the huge climb in passenger numbers since it was built.
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Bussing despite empty gates.
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GOL landing on the bridge!
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Word of warning, the airside cafe does not sell beer or any form of booze, I had to settle for a Coke Zero, shame, had really been looking for a cold beer too.

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06-03-2011
JJ3929
SDU-CGH
A319-132 PT-MZB Built 2009
Seat 2F Economy Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 87th A319 flight
Sch Dep 13:15 Sch Arr 14:07
Act Dep 13:11 Act Arr 14:04


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My plane with the the other logojet passing behind
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Boarding started at gate 3 at 12:54, despite passengers being lines up in the respected boarding process, this for some reason was not enforced and as a result I board among the first 10 or so passengers, this despite me being in row 2.

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It was evident this flight was not quite so full , at one point I had both seats next to me open until deadheading TAM crew member took 2D, oh well, at least the middle seat was still empty.

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View outside
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Push back was early by 4 minutes and the safety demo was done manually in Portugese, no repeats in English.
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Taxi was quick, no waits and we powered down 20L towards the mountain, wheels up @ 13:17, followed by a sharp left hand turn to avoid the mountain.
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I plan to return and ride the cable car one day, short trip today as I'm flying home tonight.

Beach below
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Cabin view
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The snack service started @ 13:30, it was some kind of warm dish,took a beer with it.
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The meal trim out to be a hot dog and it tasted ok too!
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Never had SOL in a can before
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About 10 minutes after betting my meal we started to descend, good job it was a small snack!

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Almost there
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Touchdown a few minutes early
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On stand
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One of the great things about CGH is you are off the plane and out of the terminal in just ba nfew minutes if you just have hand baggage, nice and compact!

Summary:-

All in all TAM are pretty good, 4 solid domestic flight have improved my impression of them following the rather poor showing on a J sector with them.

The planes are clean, snacks and drinks included, FF miles, what's not to like?

Once thing, my bmi miles never credited to the account despite the number showing on my boarding passes, this was remidied by sending them off to bmi, however despite the request, they never returned them  

I hope you found this of interest, feel free to drop and comments or questions, always good to get feedback, you know people actually read this stuff.

Next up will be the also much delayed TAP report from GRU-LIS-LHR in J.

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Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:51 am

Great report.

I have done a lot of domestic flights in Brazil!

Looking forward to the next report with TAP.

Cheers,

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Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:43 pm

Hi BA319-131!
Excellent trip report with great pictures!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The safety demo on this plane was different to the last, it was made with real people in a really funky kind of 70's retro style, it was really good and made a change from the usual naff animations we seem to be stuck with these days, follow the link to watch:

Very stylish and unusual demo, like it!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
GOL landing on the bridge!

Wooow, it's marvellous shot!

Cheers,
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Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:54 pm

Hi Mark,

great report with countless nice pictures once again, I had been waiting for the next part of your series! I really need to fly on that route in the future, and I wouldn't mind about trying TAM either.

And you were really lucky that you got the 1970s retro jet!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):

It only takes 5 minutes to walk from the hotel to the airport, not the greatest walk though,it's a bit grotty usually with a few people sleeping rough and some form of body produced product in the corners of the bridge, I'll say no more.........

Are taxis expensive? I wouldn't want to walk.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I noted this machine had quite different seat fabric to the previous TAM A320's I had flown, in fact they both had different fabrics to each other.
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The safety demo on this plane was different to the last, it was made with real people in a really funky kind of 70's retro style, it was really good and made a change from the usual naff animations we seem to be stuck with these days, follow the link to watch:

Probably that specific seat design and the retro safety video can only be found on the 1970s retro jet?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Adverts on the seatbacks

What I found much more interesting is the safety card - another 1970s style example! And the 1970s TAM logo can also be found on the white snack box! I'm really impressed by all these details. I'm wondering if that has been done for the other retro jet, too.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
It was actually a nice walk,though the rubbish that collects in the rocks in terrible.

Enhanced by snakes?  

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal trim out to be a hot dog and it tasted ok too!

Interesting, haven't seen a hot dog on a plane before.


I'm looking forward to the TP report!


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Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:30 pm

Great trip report! Thanks for giving us some insight into TAM's domestic service. I am becoming increasingly impressed with the airline and hope to fly them more in the future.

Speaking of being impressed, I think it's fantastic how far TAM has gone with their retro-scheme! Most airlines simply paint the exterior of one of their aircraft in the scheme for a limited amount of time. TAM has the matching special edition seat colors (in awesome retro-style), the special edition safety video and even branded their snackbox with the retro-logo!

Awesome!
 
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Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:31 am

Great report, but I have to say I love the shots of departing Rio and arriving back into Sao Paulo. Wow, I'd want to sit in the same seat and get those same views, though on a sunnier day!

I have read a memorial is to be built where that TAM A320 went off the runway in 2007.

Also I wouldn't complain about the white tray you got the food in, at least you got some food and that too for a 40 minute hop!!


Quoting BA319-131:
I noted this machine had quite different seat fabric to the previous TAM A320's I had flown, in fact they both had different fabrics to each other.

Quoting BA319-131:
The safety demo on this plane was different to the last, it was made with real people in a really funky kind of 70's retro style, it was really good and made a change from the usual naff animations we seem to be stuck with these days, follow the link to watch:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):


Probably that specific seat design and the retro safety video can only be found on the 1970s retro jet?

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Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:10 am

Hi Mark,

Great Report, TAM's domestic service seems pretty good, the meals don't look too bad, especially considering the relatively short sector time. Also congrats on getting the 70's retrojet & those shots of Rio on the return leg are fantastic.

BTW did you fly on Gol or any other Brazilian carriers. What did you think of them?

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Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:30 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Dear readers, welcome to the much delayed fourth installment of my travels to Mexico and beyond into South America.

I thought you'd forgotten us!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Old VASP signage.

No rush to get rid of the old signs? I've seen no end of Mexicana signage in Mexico this past week.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Correct, a few minutes later an English speaking member of staff comes over and asks the nature of the problem, I slowly explain that I have completed check-in, however the machine has run out of paper, so I need my boarding passes re-printed, ah, no problem, we head off towards the side of the main check-in area so he can re-print the documents, en-route we pass the faulty machine, now being used by somebody else, I point this out, it's ignored.

Good that the staff helped you, bad that they didn't fix the machine

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through, a couple of terminal views including some kind of Renault we don't see in Europe.

You mean there's a Renault out there that even the French won't buy  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
When entering the plane a FA is standing there saying Bon Dia but no boarding pass checks

I think the boarding pass check in only for UK/Irish airlines. I much prefer it when cabin crew check - at least it means there'll be someone 'greeting' you at the door, rather than being 'busy' in the galley or whatnot

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Yes, wheels down @ 09:44, some 16 minutes early and only around 41 minutes flying time, not bad!

You had a good meal for such a short flight

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
My half hour or so afforded me a Trip E170

Looks nice. I guess there are a lot of E jets in Brasil?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
followed by a sharp left hand turn to avoid the mountain.

Its times lie that that I wish I wasn't documenting the trip, so I can just enjoy the views rather than take photos!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Never had SOL in a can before

I had my first SOL in a can last week - had added lemon and salt... could have done without the salt!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once thing, my bmi miles never credited to the account despite the number showing on my boarding passes, this was remidied by sending them off to bmi, however despite the request, they never returned them

Very annoying when a) they don't post, and b) the airoline doesn't return them. I've lost a load of QR and MS boarding passes like that, but also been returned some SQ and SK ones.
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Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:54 am

Great report - brought back some wonderful memories from when I lived and worked in Brasil!

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Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:56 am

Hi Mark !

Thanks for a fantastic report with fantastic pictures! Extra thanks for the spotting tips and tour of the terminals! SDU looks great and when the second floor opens, spotting should be improved. Nice that you got to fly on a retro jet!

As for the boarding passes. I would have made copies and sent the copies in to bmi; they still get the info they need and you have the boarding passes as souvenirs and can make more copies in case you don't get credited.

Looking forward to the next part in this series!

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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:54 am

Hello Mark

That was quite an interesting read! Some nice views along the way (Sugarloaf mountain!) and unfortunately also some not so nice views (poverty and all else related...).

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
welcome to the much delayed fourth installment of my travels

You know what the passenger's rights are, don't you? So when can we expect the compensation  

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
On any given weekday there are over 60 daily flights between these two aiports, that's quite amazing, and don't forget the 10 from CGH to GIG and 15 non stops between GRU & GIG, the air traffic between these two cities is amazing.

That's quite impressive, I did not know that!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Interior views

That looks more like a shopping mall than an airport.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
en-route we pass the faulty machine, now being used by somebody else, I point this out, it's ignored.

  

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
TAM have a you form 2 queues when boarding via an air bridge

I think that's more efficient to do it this way than to announce it through the gate agent.

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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:53 pm

Hi Mark,

It's certainly been a long time coming, but I guess good things are worth the wait  . Hope you manage to post the last part sooner than later.

That short hop certainly is a very busy route - must be among the world's busiest, up there with MAD-BCN before the AVE train cut half the frequencies away... TAM doesn't look bad at all, the seats look nice, being somewhat different than what you usually have and quite impressive service on such a short hop really. Hot dog sounds like a bit weird, but I bet it was better than the Ryanair hotdog I had some years ago.

SDU certainly is an interesting airport!

But why didn't you choose another airline for the return, there's quite nothing like adding new airlines to the log! If I ever venture to Brazil I think I would just do this roundtrip three or four times to catch all the different airlines operating it - fares must be quite decent considering the intense competition!

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Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:41 pm

Hi, Mark,

really good to follow you´re latest story. Well done, also nice pictures, some sun maybe fit in well between but that´s not our decision.

Never been to Brasil myself, so more interesting to follow also all that airport details.

Looking for the next part now.

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:29 am

Hey Mark ,
Great report as always   Nice to see TAM's product. I like the idea of power sockets in Y. Great to charge iPads and iPhones  

Id chase your miles up if I were you , BMI need chasing for a lot of things these days !

Thanks for the report.


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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:06 pm

Hi Mark,

nice to see another part up, it took a long time but it was worth it  I look forward even more to the TP long haul report.

I had two domestic flights with TAM in 2009, my routing was GRU-BPS-GRU, and the two flights were completely different in terms of service - one the first flight we only received some nuts for the 'meal', but on the second flight we got a warm (hot) tray of pasta, one of the best airline meals I had so far.

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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:50 am

Quoting wfm (Reply 1):
Great report.

- Thanks Michael.

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 2):
Excellent trip report with great pictures!

- Thanks Anastasia.

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 2):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
GOL landing on the bridge!

Wooow, it's marvellous shot!

- I got lucky with this one  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I really need to fly on that route in the future

- Indeed, Brazil is worth a visit, if just for planes!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Are taxis expensive? I wouldn't want to walk.

- Never used one, used the bus between GRU & CGH, quite efficient - the distance here is just so short not sure they would be interested.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Probably that specific seat design and the retro safety video can only be found on the 1970s retro jet?

- You know I never though of that!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
What I found much more interesting is the safety card - another 1970s style example! And the 1970s TAM logo can also be found on the white snack box! I'm really impressed by all these details. I'm wondering if that has been done for the other retro jet, too.

- After the safety demo they played a video of the making of the video and other things, they really put some effort into the retro planes.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 4):
I think it's fantastic how far TAM has gone with their retro-scheme! Most airlines simply paint the exterior of one of their aircraft in the scheme for a limited amount of time. TAM has the matching special edition seat colors (in awesome retro-style), the special edition safety video and even branded their snackbox with the retro-logo!

- Good point, had not thought of that at the time.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
I have to say I love the shots of departing Rio and arriving back into Sao Paulo. Wow, I'd want to sit in the same seat and get those same views, though on a sunnier day!

- Yes, if only the skies has been clear, would have had some great views.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 6):
those shots of Rio on the return leg are fantastic.

- Thanks  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 6):
did you fly on Gol or any other Brazilian carriers. What did you think of them?

- Just flew TAM so can't comment.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
I've seen no end of Mexicana signage in Mexico this past week

- Ah yes, lots of it still there, shame really.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
You mean there's a Renault out there that even the French won't buy  

- Ha - funny  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
My half hour or so afforded me a Trip E170

Looks nice. I guess there are a lot of E jets in Brasil?

- AZUL have quite a big fleet and Trip are adding more but not many compared to 737's and A32X numbers.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
followed by a sharp left hand turn to avoid the mountain.

Its times lie that that I wish I wasn't documenting the trip, so I can just enjoy the views rather than take photos!

- You are right on the money!

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 8):
Great report - brought back some wonderful memories from when I lived and worked in Brasil!

- Excellent, good to hear  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Thanks for a fantastic report with fantastic pictures!

- Thanks Lars  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
Extra thanks for the spotting tips and tour of the terminals!

- It's info like this that might just assist another spotter in the future.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 9):
As for the boarding passes. I would have made copies and sent the copies in to bmi; they still get the info they need and you have the boarding passes as souvenirs and can make more copies in case you don't get credited.

- I think bmi specify the originals must be sent  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
welcome to the much delayed fourth installment of my travels

You know what the passenger's rights are, don't you? So when can we expect the compensation

- Ha, think the statue of limitations has expired now  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
SDU certainly is an interesting airport!

- Lots of history here P, lovely place.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
why didn't you choose another airline for the return, there's quite nothing like adding new airlines to the log! If I ever venture to Brazil I think I would just do this roundtrip three or four times to catch all the different airlines operating it - fares must be quite decent considering the intense competition!

- You know that was the plan, but when I booked GOL were 3 times the price of TAM, so not on this trip!

The 'big' trip must be up soon, next month?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
really good to follow you´re latest story

- Thanks Markus, next up in the near future.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Id chase your miles up if I were you , BMI need chasing for a lot of things these days !

- Hi Philip - indeed, really seem to be going down hill, think I'll burn the rest of my mileage as soon as I can.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 14):
nice to see another part up,

- Thanks  
Quoting SloAir (Reply 14):
it took a long time but it was worth it

- Thanks again, just been so busy with normal life since I got back.

Cheers

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Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:45 am

Thank you so much for this report.
Brings back sweet, sweet memories!

CGH and SDU are both extraordinary airports, both being in the middle of big, big cities and SDU also offering a stunning scenery of the Pão de Açúcar and the bridge to Niteroi.

And the safety video is really cool, who has not watched it yet should do so right now on youtube. And once there subscribe to the TAM channel, some nice videos there (also with Ivete Sangalo as flight attendant).
 
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:52 am

Quoting robffm2 (Reply 16):
Thank you so much for this report.
Brings back sweet, sweet memories!

- No worries, glad you enjoyed  
Quoting robffm2 (Reply 16):
And the safety video is really cool, who has not watched it yet should do so right now on youtube

- I love the video, it's just the best one I have ever seen, was great watching it again when putting the report together.

Cheers

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Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:40 pm

Thanks for posting Part IV. I have been looking forward to it for awhile, and it did not disappoint!
Looks like you didn't have great weather in either city!
Hopefully Part V will come soon.  
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:35 pm

Hi Mark,

A fantastic Part IV to your Latin American TR series! We haven't seen a TR from you in quite some time, so glad you're back!  

Looks like this TAM domestic experience was heaps better than the previous International one you had. I quite like the retro jet, and it is indeed impressive that not only the exterior was 'retrofied', but also interior aspects such as the seats, safety video, and meal boxes (and i do agree with you that way too much plastic was used for that box. When covered, i was expecting a full 4 course Y meal   ).

The pictures of both Rio and Sao Paulo were stunning, and the gloomy weather really went well with the scenery too   I really must make my way over to that part of the world soon!


Many thanks for sharing this with us, and i much look forward to reading about your return home!

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Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:17 pm

Quoting robso2 (Reply 18):
Thanks for posting Part IV. I have been looking forward to it for awhile, and it did not disappoint!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed  
Quoting robso2 (Reply 18):
Looks like you didn't have great weather in either city!

- No not great but can't complain as it never impeded the spotting.

Quoting robso2 (Reply 18):
Hopefully Part V will come soon.  

- Fingers crossed!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 19):
A fantastic Part IV to your Latin American TR series! We haven't seen a TR from you in quite some time, so glad you're back!

- Hi Roni, I've been here but busy, you know how it is.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 19):
I really must make my way over to that part of the world soon!

- I tell you, well worth a visit, just need more free time so I can go back again, so many places I'd like to visit and not just for spotting.

Cheers

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Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:17 am

Hi Mark!
I was really looking forward to this part of your trip report!
Even though I'm from São Paulo, I have never flown the air bridge! I actually have been to Rio only once and was by a cruise ship.
Your pictures are great!!
TAM domestic product is actually very good. The last time I flew TAM, in May, I had the same meal as you had on your return flight (Sol beer included). Pretty good for a so short flight!!
As a side note, the VASP building is still there with the signage and everything else inside, because of the bankruptcy process.
They filed for reorganization in 2005 but never succeeded, so in 2008 they went bankrupt and all of their goods are being sold in various auctions. From a set of pens with the VASP logo, to large buildings, planes, cars and many other things.
This building in Congonhas is the most valuable property of the defunct airline, so it will be one of the last goods to be sold, even because many other things that are inside of it are being sold before.

I hope you have liked my country and my hometown, São Paulo!!
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Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:23 am

Hello Mark,

Glad to see you back on writing. This TR, well covered with stunning pictures (especially from Rio), was an enjoyable read.
too bad that the check-in was not a simple process. On board service offering a generous box and a warm hot dog is surprising too.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
GOL landing on the bridge!

Very nice catch  


Many thanks for sharing your Brazilian air shuttle experience.
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Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:00 am

Hi Mark

Nice trip report, nice to see some South-America flying. TAM looks like a pretty decent airline to me


Looking forward to the next


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Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:20 am

Hi Mark!

so, that was indeed a bit late, but always happy to see your report(s) again here!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A319-132 PR-MBW Built 2009 - 1 of 2 special logo jets.

Result!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Process completed the machine was out of paper, so no boarding passes!

How bad! Why not making the software in such a way that -when paper is out of stock- the machine is put on 'out of order' and customers can't use it anymore. It should also get staffs attraction and they can refill (probably staff in Brazil won't notice that quickly though haha)

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
This is my second time clearing security, on both both occasions it has been a swift experience with all of the screening machines manned.

Something European airports can learn from them  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Seat pitch is tight on these birds, though the use of recaro type seating helps a little.

Nice to see the retro bird reflecting on your safety card.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
GOL landing on the bridge!

Nice pic!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once thing, my bmi miles never credited to the account despite the number showing on my boarding passes, this was remidied by sending them off to bmi, however despite the request, they never returned them

I check-in at home and print the A4-paper (sometimes), just in case. At the airport I collect a real one. In case of trouble I can send the A4-sized paper to the airline. Did you get the miles in the end?

Regards
Eric
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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:08 pm

Hi Mark

Great to see the next part of your report. I am still waiting patiently for the TAP J sector (having flown with TP in May between LIS-LHR in Y, I am very interested to see what your experience was like in J on a longhaul flight from Brazil).

Going back to this sector - very nice to see you got one of the TAM 319 logojets - very cool. Seems like a good experience too for such a short flight. It's amazing how many daily flights there are between the two cities. Great views from the aircraft as well. Like you - I associate the cable car in Rio with Moonraker - in fact that was the first thing I thought of when I saw your pic!

Thanks again - Palmjet
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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:35 pm

Quoting TR763 (Reply 21):
I was really looking forward to this part of your trip report!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting TR763 (Reply 21):
Even though I'm from São Paulo, I have never flown the air bridge!

- Get out of town! - no way!!

Quoting TR763 (Reply 21):
I hope you have liked my country and my hometown, São Paulo!!

- Liked most of what I saw, need to come back and have more non-aviation time there.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 22):
Glad to see you back on writing

- Thanks, just been short of time  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 22):
This TR, well covered with stunning pictures (especially from Rio), was an enjoyable read.

- Glad you enjoyed, the pictures just don't do the views justice.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):
so, that was indeed a bit late, but always happy to see your report(s) again here!

- Thanks Eric  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
This is my second time clearing security, on both both occasions it has been a swift experience with all of the screening machines manned.

Something European airports can learn from them

- Very true!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):
Did you get the miles in the end?

- Yes thankfully, though the SAA ones never got credited  
Quoting Palmjet (Reply 25):
Great to see the next part of your report

- Thanks PJ.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 25):
I am still waiting patiently for the TAP J sector (having flown with TP in May between LIS-LHR in Y, I am very interested to see what your experience was like in J on a longhaul flight from Brazil).

- Will be up soonish, just need a few hours to proof before posting.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 25):
Like you - I associate the cable car in Rio with Moonraker - in fact that was the first thing I thought of when I saw your pic!

- Excellent, glad it's not just me!

Cheers

Mark
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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:23 am

Hi Mark !
thanks for new episode ... most of us understand your daily routine so that you do not need to apologize for it until we get the conclusion of a whole hehehehhe

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I hope you found this of interest, feel free to drop and comments or questions, always good to get feedback, you know people actually read this stuff.

You gotta be kidding ... I even save yours reports and then re-read as a whole ... heheh say on the beach ... good luck stipica 
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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:17 pm

Hi Mark,

I am sorry for my late reply. But wow, this must be the most extensive coverage of CGH-SDU leg ever. Nicely written with tons of beautiful pictures.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
some form of body produced product in the corners of the bridge

Yuck!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Interior views

I just love the spaceship-like ceiling.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I point this out, it's ignored

He would find out.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
no doubt these have saved numerous sales people by giving them power to finish that all important sales presentation.

also to charge your camera battery! 


Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
follow the link to watch:

Very appropriate safety video. If there was an election of the best safety video, this would be tipped for champion.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
why not use card or hand it out in a brown bag?

How about posting this suggestion to TAM’s management?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Yes, wheels down @ 09:44

Tell me, please tell me about the feeling when the brakes were fully applied!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
More terminal shots

In black and white. Well done, Mark!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
it's shorts weather for sure

How about getting yourself zip off trousers next time?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The once panoramic views from the 1st floor restaraunt are now blighted by the new glass terminal extension, sad

What a pity!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Bussing despite empty gates

That is what I call A.net minded. Perhaps as a compensation of the missing panoramic view?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we powered down 20L towards the mountain, wheels up @ 13:17

Tell me more about the feeling!


Thanks for sharing. It feels like I was there with you.

Best wishes,
Suryo
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RE: Part IV :-Brazilian Airbridge CGH-SDU With TAM

Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:29 am

Quoting stipica (Reply 27):
uoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I hope you found this of interest, feel free to drop and comments or questions, always good to get feedback, you know people actually read this stuff.

You gotta be kidding ... I even save yours reports and then re-read as a whole ... heheh say on the beach

- Thanks, I really should look back at them every now and again to remind myself of some of the great trip's I've been on.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
wow, this must be the most extensive coverage of CGH-SDU leg ever. Nicely written with tons of beautiful pictures.

- Thanks Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
why not use card or hand it out in a brown bag?

How about posting this suggestion to TAM’s management?

- I imagine, others already have, well I hope so......

Quoting akhmad (Reply 28):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
it's shorts weather for sure

How about getting yourself zip off trousers next time?

- Good idea, not really my thing though.

Cheers

Mark
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