After a very nice day in São Paulo - I went there for interviewing German Efromovich, Synergy Group's owner - it was time to go home. My planned flight was JJ3051, at 8:55PM. But as my appointment was already made, it was better to take an earlier flight. The gate agents at CGH quickly helped me on it. They got me a seat on JJ3085 flight, with scheduled departure at 5:30PM. But there was a problem: They put me on an aisle seat - the flight was almost full. I'd have to find a way to get a window seat. Some planespotting at CGH
When my flight was called for boarding, a gate agent took me first to the gate. I am a minor, but as I am more than 12 years old, I had the boarding priority. When I entered on the aircraft, the flight attendant recieved me with a nice smile. Immediately, I asked her if she could find a free window seat for me. She said that could verify. So I waited the boarding to finish.
When the boarding ended, I asked the flight attendant if she found any window seat… and she got 18A for me! It made me really happy. Fastly I went to my seat. And the flight was really full: of the 144 available seats, 141 were occupied. The flight was going to be operated by PR-MYL, that was delivered to TAM in June 2011. It had TAM's new interior, way better than the old one. The crew was made up of Captain Leomar and First Officer Travagli. The flight attendants were Thaís (purser), Renan and Gustavo. The pitch was good (probably because I am 5,2ft tall). The seat was nice, but a little bit hard. The doors were closed and we started pushback - the runway in use was 17R. A quick taxi to the holding point, where we waited for a short time, till' we lined up. Slowly captain Leomar applied throttle, and at 5:44PM the thrust levers were put on take-off position. The aircraft fastly accelerated on Congonhas' short runway. Soon we were climbing and getting into the layer of clouds that covered São Paulo on that day.
In a few minutes we got off from the clouds and a beautiful late afternoon light illuminated everything.
Just after the take-off I tried LATAM's new entertainment system - called LAN TAM Entertainment. You can use it by downloading an app before the flight and many options will be available. You have just to connect your cellphone to the aircraft wi-fi. If you forget to download the app, you can put http://entertainment on your internet browser. Besides this nice option, there was TAM's magazine, TAM nas Nuvens, and some screens under the bins that passed some random things. There were some audio channels, too. Under the seats, there were power plugs. Mine didn't work, but the aisle one worked fine.
Soon the meal service started. There was only one option - a sandwich with cheese and ham. The drink options were juices, water, Coca-Cola, guaraná and Suplicy gourmet coffee. Besides the sandwich, I asked the flight attendant some coffee and a Coke. I was hungry, so after eating and drinking it all, I asked for more sandwiches, more Coke and more coffee.
We were flying at 36000ft, on a flight without any turbulence. But as all good things don't last long, we soon started our descent, on a beautiful sunset light.
The runway in use at POA was 11, where we landed at 6:59PM. After a firm braking, we cleared the runway on taxiway F. We went to Apron 1 by taxiway D. It was an awesome flight!
São Paulo - CGH
Porto Alegre - POA
TAM offers a nice service. It improved with the new entertainment system. Flight attendants were very nice. The sandwich was awesome, but there was only one option.
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