Hello everyone, I've been somewhat busy these days so I've picked a backlog on FRs.
This one will cover a trip to Mexico I took last summer with my family.
Originally we were going to fly CM to MEX using their direct flight between BOG and MEX. Unfortunately I was unable to book the tickets…it seems CM never wants me to fly with them or something as I have been systematically unable to book through their webpage. Enter AM. So for this summer, Mexico City seemed to be THE destination ex-BOG, and most airlines (except for AV) where in for the fight, fares were as low as 180 USD !!! I was very happy booking AM, as I would add a new airline to my list, I ended up hating CM on long flights after my trip with them to the US on 2014, and …this is somewhat geeky, I love trying the airline of the destination I'm flying to.
So now to what concerns us…
Our flght was to leave at midnight, so we arrived around 8pm so we could comfortably dine at the Crepes and Waffles restaurant @ BOG.
Upon arrival to the terminal, a line had already formed for our flight. But it moved rather swiftly. The lady at check in was friendly, and we were done in no time. We were handed our immigration forms and boarding passes on a paper jacket…so old school (in a good way)! After checking in I saw a friend from high school, whom I hadn't seen in a very long time…funny.
After dinner, we were off to the airside
I found these guys funny…
They were taking the DL flight to JFK
One thing I hate about these redeye flights is that chances for a nice view of one's plane…in this case it would be one of the newest 737 on AMs fleet.
While we waited to board, my friend showed up and we talked and talked and talked. It turned out she was on a very similar trip with her family, and we were on the same flights between BOG and MEX….go figure!
Boarding was done by groups, strictly enforced by the ground crew, and thus organised by Colombian standards.
Upon entering the plane we were greeted by the crew…I don't recall the exact composition, but I do remember one of them was cheerful, the other one was quite grumpy. BTW I find AM's uniform a bit ridiculous with the hat…
The cabin looked crisp new.
The seats were covered in a faux-leather, with the usual perks nowadays for a seat:
I thought the advertisements on the seats looked tacky and cheap….so Ryanair.
The boarding process took a long while…longer than necessary to fill a 738. In the meanwhile, the grumpy FA gave hell to a pax who was misbehaving…she reminded me of the sweetheart on the JFK-PTY flight on 2014, and soon I was dreading the flight.
Boeing's new winglets look awkward, but cool though.
After boarding was done we were kept a long while on the tarmac…weird…. we ended up taking off almost 45m after the STD.
In the meanwhile the crew showed off the plane's lighting systems. IFE was also available so the wait wasn't that horrible. I spent the time watching The Big Bang Theory…I didn't want to watch a movie in case I would fall asleep and end up ruining it for the flight back home. Movie offerings were mediocre compared to AV's. The guys at the cockpit were very engaged with keeping us updated, a nice touch.
Finally, around 1am we were going to take off from RWY 13L (unusual for southbound departures)
Moving map would be my entertainment for the night…even though the BOG-MEX flight is scheduled to last for 5h, it only takes 4 hours in reality…maybe that's why we spent an hour on the ground (?)
Not much to see outside…
About 40m after take off they handed out the food trays. No options offered.
The seat table also had advertisements…beh. I found this one a bit telling about Mexico's health concerns, I recently read it has the highest rates of obesity on earth!
it ended up being….the usual inedible airline salad, a chicken breast sandwich, a bag of peanuts and a cookie. The sandwich was actually good.
While the food offering wasn't top notch, it did its job for the flight. I was quite worried I would end up having stomach issues that would result in me going to the loo. Fortunately none of this happened.
With my belly full…I was ready to doze for the rest of the flight. I woke up when the guys at the front warned the FAs we were starting descent. And soon we were over the huge sea of lights MEX is…sadly my camera wasn't good for night photos, the view was mind blowing.
The captain did a great job with a smooth landing…and taxi took no time to the gate. Upon descending from the plane the environment felt damp and hot. The terminal building looked as if it was made of the cheapest materials available, not too impressive for one of Latin America's most important cities. Immigration took around 20 minutes, the agent was very friendly, he even gave us travel recommendations. And then…the big f… up, as it turns out all flights from Colombia into Mexico are treated as if they carried the plague (well, in a way they do). We were warned by the AM crew that bags would take up to 1 hour to show up…and it was true! Every bag is scrutinised by the Federal Police. Some other flights were also inbound and the place was crowded and a bit chaotic…not the greatest welcome to Mexico City, but in the end… the country lived up to expectations: awesome!
Bogota - BOG
Mexico City - MEX
A redeye is not enough to make a real first impression of an airline, as it was the case on this flight. Yet, AM was an OK airline. Not my best experience with a latin airline, but neither the worst.
AM: The new 737s are great with the seats and IFE. But the ads. are soo, soo soo tacky and classless. The crew gave me mixed impressions. Catering was...fine for a flight like this. I still don't get why we spent so much time on the tarmac at BOG.
BOG: As usual...OK, but comparing with other airports in the region I've been to, it is the best IMO.
MEX: Disappointing, I expected much more from MEX's T2. It looked much nicer in pictures, it felt like an LCC terminal. Whilst I understand the reality behind the measure, I think the 1h wait for our bags is way too exaggerated. The crowded place didn't help at all. The lack of reliable WiFi was also a nuisance.
Thanks for reading,
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