Flight Details : Airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas Flight :AR1183 SYD - AKL Reg : LV-ZRA Aircraft: Airbus 340-211 Dep - SYD : 13.00 Arr - AKL : 18.30 Flight time : 2hr 51min Distance : 2160 kms
Was planning to fly A340-200 someday and this was the last chance. Booked ticket a week before the trip.
Was tracking AR from EZE, checked that it was running late by an hour. Originally, flight was to depart at 12.15. Below is the trip report in photos and video.
Full Trip Report
Note : Aerolineas Argentinas's (AR) last flight to Auckland. AR had serviced Sydney direct from Buenos Aires for few months, before air service was stopped.
AR did not have online checkin feature, Arriving at the airport on time, headed for check-in. I was not carrying much baggage for a few day trip to New Zealand.
After checkin, it was immigration and security, which was not busy at the time of the day.
Checking the flight flight schedule
After passing the duty free shops. checked the schedule, flight was delayed by 45 mins.
View of Sydney skyline
Heading towards gate
Flight was allocated Gate 34
Towards the gate
Jetstar Airways A330
Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 340-211
Scoot to Singapore
Walking to the gate
Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong
Since there was time for boarding, found a window to spot departures
Soon was time for boarding.
View of Airbus 340-211
Most passengers were flying to South America. I was among few who were travelling to Auckland.
Queuing to board the flight
Welcome on board by the crew.
Seating in the economy section was 2-4-2. Found my allocated seat. My neighbour was a student travelling to Chile.
Seat was fabric
It was time for pushback. taxi to runway 34L.
Passing the beach
Watch the video for takeoff on a Airbus A340-200. Take off was smooth and long for a short flight to NZ.
View of Sydney City
Heading North and then left towards the East direction.
Cruising over the Tasman Sea
There was no entertainment except flight information displayed on central panel.
Reckon would be very difficult flying for 10-12 hours to Buenos Aires with no entertainment.
Entertainment - Window view
Apologies for the photos, portrait photos showing sideways.
Crew making announcement for snack service
Snack was served, Chicken burger, banana cake. Tea or coffee was provided. Snack
Control panel on the seat
Aerolineas Argentinas fleet information
Economy Cabin view
Flying towards North Island
Sun setting as the flight gets closer to NZ. Being winter, sunset was early.
Soon was time for arrival into Auckland. After series of turn, landed into Auckland.
It was cool outside and there was frost on the wings.
Knowing this was the last flight of AR to NZ, I asked the crew if I can take pic of the Condor class.
I was allowed to take photos.
Flight crew was very friendly. I chatted with him and then thanked and deboarded.
View of Airbus A340-200
Everyone deboarded the flight. Saw the crew again at the immigration.
Immigration was easy as I don't need visa for New Zealand. Was welcomed to NZ by the immigration offer and wished a pleasant stay.
Baggage collection didn't take long. I passed the quarantine without any issue.
Went out to the car hire to pick the rental car. I had booked the hotel close to airport, took me 5 mins to get there.
Hope you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for reading.
Sydney - SYD
Auckland - AKL
Aerolineas Argentinas's (AR) flight was good, exception being the delay which was common. Service was good, Crew was friendly. Sydney Airport wasnt busy during the time of the day , Auckland was customer friendly.
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