On the day of the flight I had to wake up at 3 am! Because the transfer I took, picked me up at 3.45 am -_- I imagined that we’ll pick up more people, and that would be the reason for the early pick up. But no, when I got on the van there was only one more passenger, and we were the only 2. So we went straight to SCL Airport. I ended up arriving at 5.30, like 2 hours and a half before the flight.
I went straight to SKY check in area (5 or 6 counters) where they were checking in passengers for all the airline’s flights. There were a lot of people and it was moving quite slow. I had already checked in for the flight through their website. That was the only way I could pick my seat (25A).
Finally it was my turn at the desk, and I still had to wait standing there because the previous people that dealt with this agent had a mistaken boarding pass or something like that. When she was with me I handed her my Argentinean ID Card (no need for us Argentinean citizen to travel to most of South American countries with a passport), but she couldn’t find me on the system. So I handed her my Iphone with the digital boarding pass (you are supposed to print 2 copies of this, but I had no printer and I had read somewhere that you could just show your Smartphone screen and it was ok)and it made things easier for her. I left my luggage and I went straight to security controls and national flights boarding area.
National boarding…So early!
LATAM Boeing 787 preparing to depart to Easter Island IPC (I felt so envious for the people who will board that flight!)
On the lower floor you can find shops
As I hadn’t had breakfast yet I grabbed some at Dunkin Donuts
When I finished my tea, I saw that my plane (an Airbus 320 registration CC-ABW) had arrived the gate. It had the logo of Banco de Chile, because SKY Airline has an alliance (Travelsky or something).
At first the gate was another, then it was changed to number 22
Sunrise at SCL
At 7.30 the boarding was started. First passenger’s clients of Banco de Chile, then passengers on the back side of the aircraft (me) and finally passengers on the front side. My row. I noticed the strange location for the reclining button.
This kind of decoration makes you notice the low-cost carrier strategy SKY adopted.
View from my window
Reading material: Safety card, buy on board menu, and the monthly magazine
At 8 we made push back and while taxing the FAs made the safety demonstration
Finally 5 minutes later we took off heading south
So as I had woken up at 3 am for this flight, I slept just a few hours. I ended up sleeping during most of the 3-hour flight. In some moments I woke up, stared at the view from the window and fell asleep again. As I was on the left side of the aircraft we were facing east and the sun was rising, so I left the window down almost all the time. Most of passengers were sleeping during this flight. Some times when I woke up I saw the FAs were selling items from the buy on board menu, but I had no intentions of buying anything so I continued sleeping. Some views
When we were flying near Puerto Natales (I could see it far away) the captain announced (I don’t even remember hearing anything of him during the flight) we were descending. There was still some time to land. After some turnings over the sea, we landed at 11.10. The captain nailed the brakes very hard!
I don’t remember which aircraft is this
We disembarked on the air bridge SKY Airlines is assigned on PUQ flights, straight to the boarding area. There was a mechanic escalator to the lower floor where the luggage belts are.
There were announcing Aerovias DAP flights to Antarctica!
Finally I found some seats to relax and wait for my Puerto Natales bus, near the chapel where some Jehovah Witnesses girls were handing some flyers.
Here I’m posting some pictures of Santiago:
Chilean Government House: Palacio de La Moneda
Santiago City Hall
Museo de Bellas Artes
Costanera Tower, the highest skyscraper in Latin America
Views from Sky Costanera
Santiago - SCL
Punta Arenas - PUQ
Nice flight, but I slept most of the time!
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