Hello everyone! This is the first part of a series of reports from my trip to New York City last month.
My itinerary was:
EZE-GRU with LAN Argentina on a Boeing 767-300ER GRU-JFK with TAM on a Boeing 767-300ER JFK-GRU with TAM on a Boeing 767-300ER GRU-EZE with LAN Argentina on an Airbus 320
When I bought the tickets, I tried to choose my seats on the LAN webpage. I could only choose the ones for my flights between EZE and GRU (because they were operated by LAN). On the flights operated by TAM the webpage said I had to do it through TAM’s webpage. When I entered TAM’s it said I had to choose my seat during online check in, but I couldn’t do this because on flights to USA the option is not available. So, let’s start with the report!
On the Sunday of my flight I arrived EZE about 4 hours before, on a shuttle from my city. As the counters of LAN and TAM are always open, I could check in and dispatch my luggage (directly to JFK). The agent gave me my two boarding passes. The attention was correct and fast.
EZE Entrance – Terminal A
Then, as it was midday I had lunch at the Mc Donald’s located near international arrivals at Terminal A. There I ran into someone I know who was supposed to fly on the Air Europa flight to Madrid at 12 but it was rescheduled to midnight…Poor guy! When I finished I went to the upper level (departures) to pass trough security and migrations (which were a breeze).
As there was still some time from my flight I decided to walk through the Terminals (which are connected on the airside), and watch people pass by. On my boarding pass it wasn’t printed the gate, and on the screens that information wasn’t available yet.
Aeromexico Boeing 787
Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 340 about to depart to Bogota
Iberia Airbus 340 “Salvador Dalí”
Alitalia Boeing 777 departing to FCO
My passport and boarding passes
When I was sitting on the couches facing to the platform, I saw passing a LAN Argentina Boeing 767 and stopping on a gate nearby. My flight was originally scheduled on an Airbus 320. So I went to see on the screens if my gate was available and then I noticed I will be flying a 767 instead! :D (I really love wide body aircraft).
LAN Argentina Boeing 767 which took me to GRU, register LV-CDQ
Customary screenshot ;)
At 14.50 they announced the boarding was about to start. I was made on the same order as they always do it in LAN: First passengers with children under 2, and with special needs. Then passengers in business class and with high status, later pax flying on the back lines of economy (Me) and finally pax on the front lines of economy.
Glass Air Bridge
Our neighbor plane, Air New Zealand Boeing 777 which started operations 2 month ago in EZE.
Finally at 15 I boarded the plane. This Boeing 767 has the old LAN interiors and the older in flight entertainment. The screens have lower definition and a remote control on the armrest. But I always find the 767 configuration (2-3-2) in LAN and TAM very very comfortable.
Good space in my seat, 22A
A7 15.30 the captain introduced himself and the rest of his crew (they were all Argentineans), he announced the flight will take about 2 hours and that in a few minutes we’ll be taking off. Later the chief FA introduced herself and wished us a pleasant flight. The security indications video was displayed when we pushed back.
Approximately 30 minutes after takeoff the meal was served. The choices were blueberry muffins or cheese sandwiches, with hot or cold drinks.
I went for the muffin and a glass of diet coke. The muffin was very good
I looked up the entertainment system. It has a huge variety of films, TV programs and music. For the short duration of the flight I chose a short movie which I had seen many times before and I love: “Clueless” or “Despistados” (in Spanish). So ninety’s!
At 18.20 the captain announced we were starting our descent over Sao Paulo, and asked the passengers to fast the seatbelts.
Finally at 18.50 we landed in Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport. Minutes before the landing they showed a video explaining how to connect international and domestic flights in GRU between terminals 2 and 3. I was told my JFK flight will depart from Terminal 3 (new one), so when I realized the plane was heading to Terminal 2 I was upset. I had plenty of time to make my connection, but I it involved walking like an hour on the airport walkways (according to the video).
Platform in GRU
When I got off the plane, I followed the way other passengers were doing (because this flight is mostly used by Argentineans to connect in GRU with flights to USA, Europe and Brazil). Then I found myself in a security check point. After that there was an information screen, where I saw my JFK flight will be departing from Terminal 2 (the one I was in) instead of Terminal 3.
TO BE CONTINUED
Buenos Aires - EZE
Sao Paulo - GRU
This was a very good flight. I never had flown with LAN Argentina before, but i did with other LAN subsidiaries. The service they offer is very good. The plane was very comfortable, and thanksfully it wasn't full. The only thing they should improve is changing their interiors to match the other LAN and TAM's. EZE-GRU is the busiest route from EZE Airport
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