Hello everyone! This is the last one of the series of reports on my trip to Chile last month. I hope you like it!
LA4503 Date: 18/02/17 Origin: Santiago SCL Destination: Buenos Aires – Aeroparque AEP Departure: 20.05 (20.30 real) Arrival: 22.10 (22.10 real)
Again I got to SCL on a transfer that picked me up from y hotel some hours before. A couple of nights before, I received an email from LATAM offering me to check in online, which I did. I had already chosen my seats when I booked the flights.
Entrance International Departures
I went to LATAM check in counters. The agent dispatched my luggage and printed a boarding pass. She asked me to fill a survey on a tablet they have on the desk.
I had plenty of time, so I wandered around on that area. I discovered they have a separate desk for checking passengers flying to Easter Island IPC…I don’t know why that is…
Then I went through migrations and then security check. I don’t remember if I’ve been to another airport that has this order too. After that I found myself in a large duty free shop.
LATAM Boeing 787
My boarding pass
British Airways Boeing 787, they started operations in SCL a little time ago. I was watching the whole boarding process and It called my attention that like 80% of passengers were very old people (like 80/85 years old!).
LATAM Boeing 787 departing to FRA via MAD. I read that they are won’t be flying the route MAD-FRA anymore. Apparently FRA will only be served from LATAM hub Sao Paulo GRU.
At 18.50 my plane arrived. It was LATAM Argentina Airbus 320 (LV-BOI), coming from AEP
A while later I searched for my boarding gate which will be gate number 15. At 19.20 the agents came to star boarding process. First passengers with special needs, then passengers with preferred boarding, after that passengers seating on the back side of the aircraft (me) and finally passengers on the front part.
View from the air bridge
This looks quite old
Some bigs TVs are being loaded. This is because Chile is the "New Miami" for argentineans. It's the new shopping destination because it's very close and because prices in Argentina are much higher.
Sunset in SCL
At 20.05 we did pushback and headed to the runway. There were 3 planes ahead from us. The LATAM Boeing 787 bound for MAD and FRA, a LATAM A320 and a SKY A319.
At 20.30 we took off heading south with a beautiful sunset on the windows.
We turned east over the Andes Mountains
Heading into the night
Some minutes later the FAs started meal service, which was the same as on the EZE-SCL flight: a cheese and turkey ham sandwich, a bonobón and 2 drinks. Some minutes later they came to collect the trash. Again, I must say I think they should serve a better meal on lunchtime or dinner time flights. Because at the time I was at SCL waiting to board it was too early to eat dinner, but at the time I arrived AEP (and after collecting my luggage, migrations and all that) it was late!
At 20.50 we were flying over Greater Buenos Aires Area from north-west and we were descending.
The brighter road on the picture above is Avenida 9 de Julio.
Finally at 22.10 we flew over the Port and immediately landed. Minutes later we were taken to a remote position and disembarked on buses. We were taken to migrations control.
Migrations and luggage delivery were fast.
Then I went outside to wait for my transfer back home
Santiago - SCL
Buenos Aires - AEP
Well, this was the last part of the reports series. This was a good flight, but as I mentioned above they should serve a better meal. The crew was nice, and we arrived on time (the captain made an announcement about the punctuality). I hope to see you again soon!
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