Hello everyone, this time I'm sharing a trip I took last year to FLL on B6.
South Florida is the biggest market ex-BOG to the US with 3 airlines flying between BOG and FLL daily (AV, B6 and NK), and 4 flying between BOG and MIA (AA,AV,LA and FC), which roughly translates into 15 daily flights.
I had already flown with AV and NK to FLL, so I was looking forward to see how B6 compared to them. Tip: avoid NK like STDs, and on the BOG-FLL route B6 is usually not that expensive compared to NK.
At Bogotá Eldorado Airport
The day before the trip I had a big party and got there a bit hung over…but I made it. Check-in was painless and done in no time.
With that done, it was time for greasy food for the hang over.
And then off to the LAN Lounge (my favourite in BOG)
Food offerings, quite good and much better than in the AV Lounge
Newspapers from various regions, this is a Mexican newspaper dedicating a story to one of Latin America's first skyscrapers: torre Latinoamericana
General lounge view…
FR corporate pic with the rival lounge in the background
I could confortably watch my gate while lounging :)
I could confortably see when my flight was going to be boarded and thus proceeded when boarding started.
This wasn't my first flight on B6, I had already flown them between BOS and JFK, but I remained excited about trying their international service.
Big leather seats with TONS of legroom…nice!
General cabin view from my seat with the IFE.
PTVs are of an old generation and in general the offering is quite lame. Much better than NK in any case
Taxi and Take Off
The flight was more or less full, the middle seat in my row remained empty, yay! I was in and out of sleep while boarding was completed.
Avianca A320 with Costa Rican flag
The new ATC tower and the flags while we pass CATAM Military base
The PTV shows that we are in Bogotá but not in the airport…plop
We took off from RWY 13L and turned northward as its usual for East Coast departures, we then flew over west Bogotá. Being seated on the left side of the cabin we managed to enjoy nice views of BOG.
Bogotá comes to an abrupt end because of the wetlands
And then comes suburbia with golf clubs and small bedroom-communities
En Route to Fort Lauderdale
IFE was quite boring: no satellite coverage meant no DirecTV, and the movie that was going to be shown was quite lame. The TV quality was very poor anyway.
So I enjoyed the window views of cloudy Colombia.
This little booklet shows what's for offer on the flight. Nothing entertaining. But it does give a nice heads up about what's going to be given in terms of food.
They kept passing this video on how to fill the customs form…they did it twice!
We follwed the Magdalena River into the Caribbean Sea
Bye bye my beloved Colombia. As soon as this happened we were handed drinks and food. I ordered a ton of Apple Juice (hungover) and ate greasy Mickey D's
Trying to use free wifi resulted in utter failure. Supposedly we were within coverage area.
Chocolate chip cookies as dessert for the greasy McMuffin
Flying over Jamaica
And eventually the US is at sight I always try to choose A seats on these flights to catch a view of the huge urban smudge SoFLa is.
Arrival to Fort Lauderdale
I expected a right away landing into the 28 runways…but we made a whole downwind approach into RWY 10R
Zoom int Sunny Isles Beach
And now over suburbian sprawl in Broward….Pembroke Pines I guess
Fires on the Everglades
Back to sprawl….from the ground its quite a monotone boring view, but it does have some charm from above
Straight ahead: Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
And now we'll follow I-595 to FLL
Zoom into Downtown Ft. Lauderdale as we near FLL
The North Part of the field is visible now…check how near the begining of RWY 10L is from the highway!
Flying over I-95 means your landing is imminent
Azul giant waiting to go back to Brasil
Flying cabs at their base
Avianca had beat us already!
Taxi to Gate at Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International
You can basically see the whole offer of airlines competing between FLL and BOG in this photo
Quite a beautiful plane!
Blue hub in action
Caribbean Airlines 738
Guyana Golden Jubilee stickers
Then it was queueing at the CBP. It took its fair time. The agent was quite worried about my looks (hangover). I told him I had a rough time last night (which was true indeed) and he wished me well…with a huge sign indicating that I was selected for secondary inspection on my form. Yikes Then, baggage claim area was chaotic, full and with a huge queue to get out. Secondary inspection was super thorough and the CBP people weren't too nice. After an hour I was finally let into the US.
LAN VIP Lounge
Bogota - BOG
F. Lauderdale - FLL
My first international flight with JetBlue was good. Avianca offers better IFE and food. But I reckon that what B6 offers is adequate. But the total premium is seat pitch, it's amazing!
BOG was good as usual and the LAN lounge was perfect for trying to spend a relaxing time before the flight. FLL was rubbish.
Thanks for reading, saludos!
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