Review of Sky Airline flight Valdivia Santiago in Economy

Airline Sky Airline
Flight H2 44
Class Economy
Seat 22F
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:25
Take-off 18 Aug 17, 17:15
Arrival at 18 Aug 17, 18:40
H2   #50 out of 112 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 22 reviews
nechus
By 215
Published on 10th November 2017
What's better than a flight?

A FREE FLIGHT!!!

A very interesting talk on teaching methodologies is taking place in Santiago.

What are the chances that my school will pay for me and two other colleagues to attend the event? There's no precedent of such thing.

I can not believe my ears when the principal says YES, GO!!

So, here we are: Claudia, Romina, and truly yours, ready for our trip. The three of us teach the same subject, but what makes this trip particularly exciting is that we're having some free time after the talk, which for the ladies means… SHOPPING!!

and for me…

God, help me. :'''(


ZAL


At the time of this flight…
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…only two airlines land at Pichoy (ZAL)
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This will change in January 2018…
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…when JetSmart, the new ULCC…
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…starts flying to Valdivia, too.
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But ZAL is prepared to face any challenge. They have added a second check-in kiosk!! XDDD No, really, that’s more than enough for the local needs.
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My colleagues have not arrived, yet. I’ll go through security now that nobody is queuing, and wait for them airside. Whoa! Deja vu! Haven't I seen buckets like that at SCL, too? It looks like this rainy winter has wreaked havoc everywhere. LATAM’s passengers have already boarded. Their flight must be about to leave.
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Yes! Pretty good timing. There it goes.
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At Pichoy you can board using the jetbridge at gate 1…
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…or (an avgeek's favorite) on foot. I wonder what it depends on. The weather, only?
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Passengers start pouring into the boarding room. When my colleagues arrive, Claudia engages in lively chatter with that man talking on the phone on the right. They used to be colleagues years ago because Claudia is a US-trained helicopter pilot!
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And this is what ZAL’s guts look like. They’re probably trying to fix the leak.
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And there comes CC-AMP…
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…hitting the brakes.
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As if hit by lightning, everyone jumps to their feet and scramble around the bucket.
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Meanwhile, CC-AMP slowly reaches the apron…
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…and taxies towards our window.
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Its fat A319 nose…
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…gets bigger…
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…and bigger…
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…and bigger.
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Until it almost touches our own.
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At this point Claudia, who's standing by my side, says "The captain is a woman." I am like "What?" I look carefully, but I can't see the people inside the cockpit. Then I zoom the camera into the cockpit window as much as possible, but I still see nothing.
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"How on earth can you know that?!" I ask. "Easy," she says. "Her earrings sparkled." Gosh. How was she able to see that? Well, that's why she is a pilot and I am not!!
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Boarding


We are not in a hurry at all…
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…so we wait and stand almost at the end of the queue.
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Nothing like these "scenic" jetways…
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…ideal for the mandatory patriotic shot. Actually, I'm not being patriotic. I'm just impressed that they've finally changed the flag! The old one was tearing to pieces!
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While being held here for a moment…
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…I keep trying to see the captain's earrings. I give up.
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So many times boarding at ZAL, and this is the first time I notice that the jetbridge is a bit more sophisticated than the average: it has doors, not a metal curtain.
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Almost everybody is sitting and the hand luggage is orderly placed in the bins by the time we board. I can even see some space available in the bins at the front. Sometimes you take these things for granted, but this is something I really missed in a recent trip abroad.
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A much needed visit to the restroom before we leave.
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Is that a drawer? I didn't check. Now I’m curious!
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Well, that light means something. I’d better go back to my seat.
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The galley. Dios mío! That newspaper over there is Las Últimas Noticias (lit. The Latest News). It used to be respectable, but nowadays it’s the best example of Chilean yellow press… of the worst kind. Nothing but showbiz and sensationalism.
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View from my row.
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New BOB menu!


Here’s a nice surprise. I was expecting a new menu in September (from what I overheard when a FA was talking to a passenger in my previous flight), but it’s already here in August!
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The word sandwich is strangely challenging for the average Chilean citizen. Some can't even deal with its plural form! The words there should be nuestros sandwiches ("our sandwiches").
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The thing is, I will try the marraqueta version. Bread is a staple in the Chilean diet (that's why we tend to be fat), and marraqueta is one of the most (if not THE most) popular kinds of bread here. We also give it other names, like pan batido, or pan francés (I wonder if there really is some reason for it to be called French bread)

Too bad the descriptions in the menu are only in Spanish. My sandwich contains smoked salami, spinach, olive paste, and cheddar cheese.

A piscola? My dad used to love piscolas. It’s pisco and Coca Cola.
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There are the classics, too…
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…and a variety of additions.
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And look at this! For the first time Sky has started selling earbuds, charging cables, and even power banks… and Brazilian Natura products, very popular in Chile!
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This month’s issue of the inflight magazine…
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…advertises the beauty of the south of the country, more specifically, Malalcahuello hot springs.
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Ah! The trolley comes at last! I gasp at the size of the sandwich. You get the whole marraqueta. I was expecting only half of it, because that’s the usual portion we eat at home. Well, this marraqueta in particular is a bit smaller than the one you find at your local bakery, but it still makes for a large sandwich!
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Inside, all the ingredients as promised, and all of them look fresh, especially the spinach. I take a bite. Mmmm!!! Wonderful!! Exquisito!!
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I usually post a good deal of aerials, and I was getting ready for an intense photographic session when I reserved the seats for the three of us: I picked the window seat, of course!
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But it so happens that Romina, the youngest one of us, is flying for the first time ever! I don't have the heart to take away from her the chance to behold the mountains that I admire so much, so I’ll make do with this little bit of snow this time.
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Never mind. I’m travelling with two chatty female teachers, and we laugh and gossip all our way to SCL. Besides, I have a privileged view on the latest shoe and pants trends.
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To finish with, I find out on flightaware.com that CC-AMP has had a very interesting life. Tatarstan Air? Well, I guess that Chile and Sky Airline must sound equally exotic to Russians!
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How weird. There's an easyJet in the picture. There must be a mistake.
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We arrive at SCL on time, and head for our respective accommodations. Tomorrow will be a busy day, and I will get an unexpected job!
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Verdict

Sky Airline

8.8/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment8.0
Meal/catering10.0

Valdivia - ZAL

9.3/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness10.0

Santiago - SCL

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

Conclusion

Sky Airline
I can't complain. H2 has a record of punctuality, and now they have a great BOB menu. Fantastic for an LCC, in my pinion.

ZAL
Looks nice and well kept. No long queues. Kind staff. Saw a policeman in charge of terminal security.

SCL
Please give them some award!

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

The contributors of Flight-Report published 4 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Valdivia (ZAL) → Santiago (SCL).


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The airline with the best average grade is Sky Airline with 7.1/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 25 minutes.

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12 Comments

  • Comment 418738 by
    RafaelTHE 8 Comments

    Hi Nelson,

    Another great report. It’s nice to see that a LCC can offer a good service. On a recent flight with LATAM nor even water was available for purchase. The so called “Mercado LATAM” is a huge and bad joke. Have safe flights!

    • Comment 418762 by
      nechus AUTHOR 374 Comments

      Hola Rafael!

      > On a recent flight with LATAM nor even water was available for purchase
      I'm really sorry to hear that! I also had my first experience with mercado latam not long ago... and it was a complete fiasco. Expensive, and the product I wanted was not available. :(

      Que estés bien! ^^

  • Comment 418782 by
    jetsetpanda 2177 Comments

    Oi Nelson! Tudo bem?

    "I can not believe my ears when the principal says YES, GO!!"
    - Congratulations on your free trip. What a pleasant surprise.

    "Too bad the descriptions in the menu are only in Spanish"
    - Would someone sue for discrimination? :P

    "A piscola?"
    - As long as it is not a "pistola". :P

    "Ah! The trolley comes at last! I gasp at the size of the sandwich."
    - I wouldn't complain. I hope you enjoyed it.

    "I don't have the heart to take away from her the chance to behold the mountains that I admire so much, so I’ll make do with this little bit of snow this time."
    - You are such a gentleman. I hope your kind gesture is returned in the future. ;)

    "Besides, I have a privileged view on the latest shoe and pants trends."
    - You look at the glass half full instead of half empty. I sometimes ask myself where is the glass. :P

    Glad you enjoyed this trip in good company and thanks for sharing another great FR.

    • Comment 418861 by
      nechus AUTHOR 374 Comments

      Oi, Adan! Tudo bem! Obrigado! :D E você?

      > Congratulations on your free trip.
      Thank you. I was very happy when the school approved my idea, in particular because I don't have a good relationship with the principal. I think that strategy played a role here. I approached one of the school managers first, who's very fond of me, and one of my companions also has some managerial responsibilities, so it was difficult for the principal to say no. Checkmate. :D

      > As long as it is not a "pistola"
      Thank goodness the drink is not called Coca Tola. Then we would have a problem.

      > I wouldn't complain.
      Nor would I! In fact, "The bigger, the better" is one of the ruling principles of my life. Oh, my! hee hee hee.

      > I hope your kind gesture is returned in the future
      I was, already! A young man gave me his window seat on my flight back from Camboriú during my school class trip last October! I was terribly sad because I hadn't been assigned a window seat in any of the four legs of the trip. So, that was karma at its best!

      > Glad you enjoyed this trip in good company
      You bet! Claudia and Romina are so much fun! The three of us teach English at school. You can't get bored in their company!

      Thanks for dropping by, Adan! Nos vemos! ^^

  • Comment 419227 by
    KévinDC TEAM 3949 Comments

    Hola Nelson! Well, I must say, this must be the first time I've seen the inside of a B.O.B. sandwich as a cover pic! Haha...bonus points to you for originality sir!

    Yes, free flights are definitely the best kinds of flights! How kind of you to give the child the window seat...I think my urge to take aerials would be too strong. I would have probably crushed the poor kid leaning over from the middle seat the whole flight! haha.

    Agree that the B.O.B menu looks good. Do they have hot options on longer flights or do H2 not have ovens?

    Thanks for an entertaining report as always!

    • Comment 419285 by
      nechus AUTHOR 374 Comments

      Hola Kevin!

      > Do they have hot options on longer flights or do H2 not have ovens?
      They must have an oven, because in the purple circle next to the croissant it says "Pídelo calentito!" (Order it warm!)

      > this must be the first time I've seen the inside of a B.O.B. sandwich as a cover pic
      LOL. Just a sad copy of the covers for some F class reports. Next time I'll hold my plastic glass of Sprite against the window and pretend it's champagne. XD

  • Comment 419276 by
    loukas 139 Comments

    Hi Nechus! What is the best way to end a difficult day at work? Read your report with unusual cover pic :) You are right, the flights paid by others are the best ones, I love the feeling when my company send me somewhere and I love it even more when I can choose the airline and nobody asks for explanations if the price is resonable. Thanks for a funny report. Have a nice day!

    • Comment 419286 by
      nechus AUTHOR 374 Comments

      > Read your report with unusual cover pic
      I think I'm building a reputation here, with cows and sandwiches.... XDDD

      > I love the feeling when my company send me somewhere
      It's a great feeling, indeed. This was my first time. I MUST find an excuse for a second one!!

      Thanks for dropping by, Loukas!

  • Comment 419810 by
    joaointhesky 43 Comments

    Hey Nelson, thanks for the report.
    What a nice menu! Even the actual sandwich looked tasted, which is quite rare when it comes to airplane food, you know.
    Also, that Europcar ad on the window is really annoying. Is it common on Chilean airlines? This year Samsung made one in a Gol aircraft and everybody complained about it on the internet...
    Thanks again y hasta luego!
    -João

    • Comment 419820 by
      nechus AUTHOR 374 Comments

      Hi João!
      > the actual sandwich looked tasted, which is quite rare when it comes to airplane food
      Yes! That was a great surprise for me, too!
      > that Europcar ad on the window is really annoying. Is it common on Chilean airlines?
      No. Sky is the only airline that has them so far. But there wasn't one on my window the last time I flew Sky. They were either removed by the airline or by passengers, because they are easy to peel off.
      Thanks for dropping by!! ^^

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