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Review of Sky Airline flight Santiago Valdivia in Economy

Airline Sky Airline
Flight H2 041
Class Economy
Seat 6A
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 23 Jul 17, 10:25
Arrival at 23 Jul 17, 11:55
H2   #40 out of 126 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 32 reviews
nechus
By SILVER 338
Published on 2nd October 2017
"Smile at the rain. Have a nice trip."

That's the message you read as you disembark at Pichoy (ZAL), Valdivia's small airport.

Someone with remarkable artistic skills (and the correct attitude) posted this on the jetway wall to remind passengers that even a time of year as dull as winter in the south of Chile can be filled with enjoyable experiences.
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I'll do well to keep that message in mind and smile. This flight is taking me home after my winter holidays. The second school term starts tomorrow.

It's time to get…


Back to the grind


This is the last of eight legs in this trip. You can also read the reports for legs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
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I usually stay with family in Santiago. They live quite far from the airport. I used to have problems finding a shared transfer service willing to pick me up. That's solved thanks to online booking now. Transvip, for example, charges 8,000 CLP (12.5 USD) for the ride across the city. I booked a shared service, but no one else had booked this time, so I travelled alone!
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Sky Airline's sign is very reassuring. I used to think that my English was bad… until I saw this! :) I don't think easy-goiing is the word they were looking for, either.
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With new airlines and a war of LCCs unfolding in the last years, queues are getting longer and longer at SCL. Local airlines are concerned about a lack of infrastructure at SCL.
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This is what an LCC boarding pass looks like. XD
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The new Starbucks at the end of the domestic flights wing is ten times bigger than the old one. They are announcing a new Honey Latte. That’s precisely what I need!
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Along with a muffin. :3
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BrittShop.
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I’m so familiar with this corner on the third floor that I think I will reclaim ownership. This is where I boarded my flights to Copiapó and to Buenos Aires this winter, and now I’ll be leaving to Valdivia from here!
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My door will be 20B. Small world. I meet a colleague and her young grandchildren.
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Boarding


Boarding starts timely and orderly.
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CC-AID keeps Sky Airline’s old colors. Sky’s fleet is not large, but they have taken quite long to repaint their aircraft after they renewed their corporate image.
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I read somewhere that they are planning to add newer aircraft. Will this mean that they will get rid of some of the old ones, like this one?
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Pitch. Not bad for an LCC, I think.
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There’s something funny here. No. I’m not talking about my chubby fingers. Look at that tray table. It looks as if it was loose….
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And it IS loose at the hinges!
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This won’t hold a hot coffee safely… and I wouldn’t place one here, either. Ew! What a pigsty!
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Backseat pocket content.
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An article about Puyehue National Park, close to my home. I’m very interested in fungi. Did you know they are not plants? They have a kingdom of their own. If you’re interested in the topic, here’s a book about Chilean fungi that you can legally download for free. Below, meet heterotextus alpinus.
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A place to visit before this planet dies. Hurry up.
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The simplest of armrests.
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On my right, a beautiful sight. No one fighting to take over my vital space.
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Come, dear. You are completely mine.
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The flight


Pushback.
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Poor guys. It's certainly a cold day to work outdoors.
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Oh là là!
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Ville candidate Jeux Olympiques de 2024 special livery.
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The assortment of tails is not particularly impressiive this Sunday morning.
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Laugh if you will, LATAM. But that little guy over there might soon be making your life miserable. LAW is slowly taking flight. New aircraft and routes (domestic and international) are coming soon.
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It’s like the Captain is in a hurry today…
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…because we have barely reached the head of the runway…
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…when we are racing at full speed…
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…as if the police were chasing us.
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This is the entire terminal building so far, in the shape of an L. The far end of the vertical stroke of the L is for domestic flights, and the rest (in the foreground) is mostly for international flights.
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The new boarding rooms for international flights are taking shape. The main international hall will be there, in the middle. The current L-shaped terminal will be completely dedicated to domestic flights.
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You might find this video interesting. It's a virtual model of the future SCL.


Santiago is barely visible, as usual.
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We quickly reach the menacing clouds…
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…and emerge to a beautiful blue sky above them. This always reminds me of Trinity, from The Matrix, when she sees the sun for the first time… moments before she crash-lands and dies. :'''(
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What a good movie!
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We quickly reach the menacing clouds… Oh! Deja vu! A glitch in the matrix! It happens when they change something! XDDD
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I don't usually sit above the engine. Isn't it an impressive thing to watch?
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"Phone Jack"?!
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I can't phone Jack. We have no signal up here! XDD
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"Do not enter." I wouldn't.
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Inside the cabin the atmosphere is very quiet. Many must be sleepy after getting up early on a Sunday morning.
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Sky Airline still boasts its 2016 SkyTrax Best South American Airline award.
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Behind me. Not precisely a crush load.
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It’s cloudy most of the road.
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The clouds only break…
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…somewhere near Temuco…
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…a couple hundred kilometers north of home.
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There are hundreds of valleys and corners…
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…of indescribable beauty down there.
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Eventually, we bank to the right, towards the coast…
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…and fly above the fields…
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…and pine plantations around Valdivia.
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I don't call them forests. Forests are much more complex entities. These are just plantations, harvested at regular intervals.
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This is the time of year…
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…when the sky is not completely cloudy…
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…but even the tiniest, most innocent-looking cloud…
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…can pour a shower on you.
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Gee! It only gets worse!
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About to land.
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This must be San José.
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And…
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…my holidays come officially to an end.
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I hope we will use a jetway this time!
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Whoa! We keep going! Where's the fire, captain?
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Thrust reversers.
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End of the runway.
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ILS. The road to Valdivia is behind those trees.
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A soaked Valdivian. An endangered species because of global warming.
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Jetway, thank goodness!
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Some technical details of this flight.
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Back home


Walking along the ramp is when I find…
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…the surprise I mentioned at the beginning. Isn't it a nice detail? Someone must be fed up with the passengers' rudeness and angry looks.
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A former EasyJet aircraft…
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…13-year-old CC-AID has been in Sky Airline since 2005.
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This walkway along the back of the terminal, above boarding room, is fantastic!
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It has a great view on the apron.
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Baggage claim is very fast. In a matter of minutes I'm sitting in the transfer van…
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…with the ticket I bought inside the terminal. 4000 CLP = 6 USD
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Let's hurry home now that th rain has stopped for a while.
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This announcement from 2013 that was never removed shows what ZAL looks like.
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The ILS from the road.
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And that's how this (for me) epic two-week, eight-leg…
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…five-airport, two-country journey has come to an end.
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Would I repeat it? By all means!!
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But for now I'm happy…
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…to be welcomed home by peaceful river Calle Calle.
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One of my most cherished memories of this trip, my bike ride around Montevideo (leg 6) is perfect to say: Nos vemos!! (See you!!)
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Verdict

Sky Airline

6.5/10
Cabin2.0
Cabin crew9.0
In-flight Entertainment7.0
Meal/catering8.0

Santiago - SCL

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Valdivia - ZAL

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Sky Airline
As usual, H2 is punctual and efficient BUT, even thought the aircraft was not old, the cabin is falling to pieces! Also, you might want to use some disinfectant if you're planning to eat something onboard.

SCL
I have become a big fan of SCL as of late, and they have given me no reason to change my mind. They will get a 10 in "Access" when the Metro gets there. That depends on the transport authorities, though.

ZAL
Little airport. Few flights to deal with. Well kept. Kudos to the staff who posted that nice message on the wall. Two thumbs up for him/her!

Information on the route Santiago (SCL) Valdivia (ZAL)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 9 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Santiago (SCL) → Valdivia (ZAL).


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The airline with the best average rating is Sky Airline with 7.5/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 28 minutes.

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10 Comments

  • Comment 414955 by
    manuel.ariola SILVER 37 Comments

    Great report. And I will plan a trip to Chile now. :)

    • Comment 414957 by
      nechus SILVER AUTHOR 597 Comments

      Fantastic! Amazing!

      The other day I forgot to tell you that you can also fly LATAM from Johannesburg, South Africa, with a stop at Sao Paulo, Brazil !! Let me know if I can be of help!

  • Comment 415042 by
    RafaelTHE 11 Comments

    Another great report Nelson! By the end of this month I’ll spend one week at Uruguay and I’ll try to enjoy as much as you did! Is that lovely pin still available? Lol.... greetings from Brazil

    • Comment 415053 by
      nechus SILVER AUTHOR 597 Comments

      Wow! You'll have a great time! Just stay away from "glamorous" restaurants in Punta del Este. Enjoy some chivitos canadienses!!

      Yes!! The pin is available! It's yours! Just give me an address I can send it to. Use the private "Contact" button on my profile page: https://flight-report.com/en/member/6379

      Have a great time!! ^_^

  • Comment 415684 by
    marathon GOLD 9080 Comments

    "Oh là là !"
    - I cringe at the thought of expected tax hikes once that party is over and the budget overruns are made known.
    Thanks for this report, as enjoyable as usual !

  • Comment 415879 by
    Rl 777 812 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

    “No one fighting to take over my vital space.“
    - Jackpot.

    I have not seen a tray table in such a condition in a while.

    Great shots of SCL after departure!

    Spectacular aerial shots throughout the flight.

    “Jetway, thank goodness!“
    - Phew.

    Beautiful bonus pictures, thanks for sharing.

    Have a good one, see you!

  • Comment 416400 by
    joaointhesky 54 Comments

    Love your FRs! It looks like H2 is making a very good branding. The barf bag is pretty funny, for example...
    Seriously, F-R.com community needs you in Brazil to end the lack of good reports of Brazilian airlines hahah.
    Bye bye
    João

    • Comment 416435 by
      nechus SILVER AUTHOR 597 Comments

      Olá Joao!

      F-R.com community needs you in Brazil

      Oh, c'mon, don't say that! Don't ask me to do YOUR job!!! rsrsrsrsrs You have terrific reports, Joao!!

      BTW, I'll fly to Sao Paulo and Florianópolis next week, but on LATAM, unfortunately. :(

      Thanks for commenting!! ^_^

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