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Review of Sky Airline flight Valdivia Santiago in Economy

Airline Sky Airline
Flight H2 44
Class Economy
Seat 6F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:25
Take-off 15 Dec 17, 17:05
Arrival at 15 Dec 17, 18:30
H2   #38 out of 129 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 34 reviews
Shisdu
By SILVER 407
Published on 27th March 2018
Welcome, funky flight-reporters of the world! :D

Watching your absolute favorite music star live in concert is not easy when you live at the end of the world, especially if most of his shows are in Europe and even his fans from the US are complaining that he never visits them!

So you can imagine my leaps of joy when a colleague told me that Jamiroquai was coming all the way down to these latitudes promoting his new album, Automaton!

Now you're kindly invited to join me in this white knuckle ride to watch Jamiroquai at the Movistar Arena, in Santiago!! Woooo hooooo!!





Pichoy (ZAL)


Cloudy days have lingered above ZAL (aka Pichoy Airport) even though the southern spring is coming to an end.

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Never mind. Temperatures above 30°C will be waiting for me in Santiago today.

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Gosh! Is all that rust part of the design?

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How shameful! This is junk! But then again, junk rhymes with funk! It's a beautiful day! :D

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By the date of this flight, only two airlines land at ZAL: LATAM and Sky. JetSmart will join them a bit later, in January 2018.

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You can compare both airlines’ baggage allowance here. Both LATAM and Sky allow for a free carry-on bag of the same size. The “personal item” is a bit larger in LATAM.

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However, the weight for the carry-on bag is limited to 8kg on LATAM… and 20kg on Sky!!

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Sorry, LATAM. You know I love you, but only with a little L. Why does it have to be like this? I can never tell! :D



I came quite early today.

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Why don’t we visit the cafeteria on the second floor?

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Let’s go upstairs.

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Whoa! I suddenly feel transported to some God-forsaken town in the countryside. The rustic wooden furniture, the numbers scribbled on the napkin holders…

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…somehow all this looks out of context. There’s a little “lounge” (a couple of sofas) at the bottom.

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Well, let’s see what’s in the menu.

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Mainly cakes and sandwiches (jamón = ham; palta = avocado; cerdo = pork; queso = cheese; vacuno = beef…

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…ave = snobbish way to say chicken. It really means "bird". Bird sandwich anyone?)

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I’ll watch out of the window while I wait for my cerdo queso-palta-tomate. Unfortunately, the view of the apron is not the best from here.

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The blueberry juice is fantastic, but this sandwich is no match for a chivito from Punta del Este. :(

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At least all the ingredients look superfresh! :D



Let’s go airside before it gets too crowded.

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Litter on the seat?

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I can't believe it! This is the last straw! XD

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Awww… look at this! They implemented a games corner for children. Two thumbs up for ZAL! Don’t worry about the electricity. Foamy is a good insulator. (I hope!)

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Been here lots of times, but never checked that corner of the boarding room.

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Those cables look tangled? That's nothing. You should have a look behind my desk.

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There's a smaller waiting room here…

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…that doubles as storage room.

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It's connected to other dependencies, like this meeting room…

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…and has a view on the control tower.

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The passengers keep flowing in.

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I have never visited the airside restrooms, either. Good thing, because they STINK!

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There's this terrible belief that toilet paper will clog the toilet. But that used to be decades ago, when we used newspaper as toilet paper! I remember those times, when I was little. You had to crumple the paper carefully to make it more absorbent.

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The sign reads: Mr. User, (that's the polite way here, not "dear user") please do not throw paper into the toilet bowl.

That used to have its advantages. If you disliked a certain politician and he was in the newspaper, you knew how to show it. XD But nowadays there's no need to dispose of toilet paper in a bin. That's just disgusting!

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I go back to my seat trying to forget the experience (i.e. the smell) Some minutes before boarding, Sky Airline staff come round with a measuring box hunting for oversized pieces of baggage.

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A trespasser does the impossible to compress his rucksack down to acceptable limits, but fails miserably.

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Beside seizing oversized bags, the staff have encouraged some passengers to send their luggage to cargo hold to make room in the overhead bins.

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And there it comes!!

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The ave that will take me…

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…up to the blue skies!!! Woo hoooo!!!



And it's showing off Sky's new colors!

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17-year-old CC-ABW served in TACA until 2009, when it was storaged.

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Has been in Sky since 2010.

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The "new policy" (boarding)


A queue starts to grow longer and longer all over the room. Wait! Shouldn't we make two or three shorter lines as usual? You know, priority boarding, then rear rows, and then front rows. Well, not anymore!

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Just like in Brazil, Chilean airlines have adopted the single line boarding scheme. :(

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Utterly disappointing. Of course, there must be some commercial reason behind, bringing more misery to air travel. In fact, I ask someone from the staff about the reason for this and he simply shrugs: "New policy."

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I want to scream my rage against airlines, but I tell myself "No, Nelson. Calm down. Don't give this hate a chance!"



Naturally, this "new policy" leads to a terrible congestion inside the jetbridge.

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We are not moving! D''':

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Gosh! This is insane! What kind of world are we living in?! Let me tell ya:



On the bright side, I have plenty of time for photos now. CC-ABW is ready for pushback. You can't blame the ground staff for the delay!

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ZAL is showing signs of wear. What about a concession? The airport is still administered by the government, and this leads to rusty carts, snalltown-style cafeterias, and this!

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Finally approaching the door. We might get there in half an hour. >:(

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In my seat at last! The 17-year-old cabin has been refurbished. And you know what? I can feel something special today.

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I need to stretch my arm more than usual to reach the inflight-mag, because…

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…there's a lot of legroom! It's amazing! Great pitch even though row 6 is just a standard row!

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Tray table OK.

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A local TV face on the cover of the inflight magazine.

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Its contents bring memories of a wonderful flight to Uruguay

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…and my recently reported trip to Florianópolis!

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This is what I call poor design! What if I want to recline my seat and I disgracefully happen to rub or poke or - perish the thought - GRAB my seatmate's plump thighs while trying to push a stubborn button? I don't want to see my mugshot on some seedy tabloid cover!

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The panel seems to have come with the plane from the factory.

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Well, I'll leave my concert ticket here for a while to remind me of the terrific weekend that's coming! And for the cover picture, too! :D

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This is so exciting! I feel I'm on cloud 9!! XD






The flight


Some technical details of this flight.

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Pichoy is a tiny airport, so…

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…only a couple of minutes…

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…after the tow leaves…

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…we are all set to take off.

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And only seconds later…

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…we are reaching…

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…the low cloud cover…

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…above San José. Do you know the way there? XD

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Such a nice blue sky up here!

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Wow! Look at that! She seems to be a cosmic girl. From another galaxy!

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I wonder if she's transmitting on my frequency.



She was! Look at what she brought me!! :D

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Yes, I know. That sandwich at the airport just one hour ago. But I'm doing this for a good cause, OK?

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BTW, "Como en el aire" is a word game. "Como" means "I eat", and also "as". So this sentence can be read "I eat in the air", or "As (if I were) in the air."

I only want to try the BOB offer of sandwiches…

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…and the clásico combo looks quite good.

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Two thumbs up for Sky for wrapping their sandwiches in paper instead of plastic!

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The filling looks… filling. :D

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Today's funky adventure…

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…is quickly coming to an end…

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…as we approach the south…

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…of the Santiago area.

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As soon as we pass the vanishing Aculeo lagoon (so sad)…

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…the southern tip of the city…

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…comes into sight.

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An unusually clear day over Santiago today!

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It must be a warm day, too.

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Look there! In the middle of that rectangular park there's a dome. That's Movistar Arena, the concert venue!

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After flying over Sao Paulo…

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…Santiago looks so small!!

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We leave downtown behind…

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…and bank to the left…

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…to align with the runway…

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…from the north.

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And here we are.

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JetSmart! The new airline. Only 4 or 5 aircraft in their fleet at the moment, soon to be expanded to over 70.

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We head towards…

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…the domestic flights area.

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But today we are parking…

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…in a remote position. The captain apologizes that we will have to wait some minutes…

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…and asks us to lower the shades on our side, unless we want to enjoy some…

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…canned heat!



But no.

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The belt loader shows up on my side…

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…and we are allowed to disembark…

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…before we expected.

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It might not be the best livery, but I do like the colors.

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After a short…

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…bonus ride around SCL…

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…we're dropped directly at baggage claim…

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…from where I go straight to my airbnb.

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Tomorrow is the great day, and everything will be…

…alright!



Thanks for reading!!
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Verdict

Sky Airline

9.3/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
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
A great short flight with the LCC Sky Airline. Great BOB, and surprisingly good pitch between seats!
Too bad they adopted the single line boarding scheme I saw in Brazil, but that seems to be the trend these days. :(

ZAL
Still pretty and efficient, but showing signs of wear. Revamp the looks of that cafeteria, for God's sake! XD

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

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4 Comments

  • Comment 439029 by
    loukas SILVER 287 Comments

    Hi Nechus, thanks for another domestic report. Hope you had a great fun in the concert. Santiago looks much smaller than Sao Paulo, yet is still looks big. Funny it's so flat while being so close to very high mountains. Such a legroom in a LCC?! They must have lost somewhere one row of seats and didn't even notice! :)

    • Comment 439053 by
      Shisdu SILVER AUTHOR 651 Comments

      Hi Loukas

      Hope you had a great fun in the concert.

      I had the time of my life! The sound was amazing and I danced non-stop like a madman until the end of the concert. I think I was needing it! :D

      Funny it's so flat while being so close to very high mountains

      Yes, quite a paradox! You only see mountains in this area when you look at a map, but we Chileans seldom climb one. Weird, indeed.

      high mountains. Such a legroom in a LCC?! They must have lost somewhere one row of seats and didn't even notice!

      I hope they won't read this report and "fix" that!!

      Thanks for dropping by! :)

  • Comment 439088 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4740 Comments

    Thank you for this very creatively written funky report ^^

    To be honest, I didn't know Jamiroquai was still around, much less coming out with a new album. Thanks for enlightening me :-P

    It looks like this is a newer cabin and seat compared to some of your other reports. Is there something special about row 6 or do all the rows have this much legroom? It looks like they've put in slimline seats which can be uncomfortable for longer flights, but the benefit is more room due to slimmer seats. Well...when the airline doesn't add an extra row, anyway.

    Beautiful aerials as always! I'll make it to Chile one of the days ^^

    • Comment 439099 by
      Shisdu SILVER AUTHOR 651 Comments

      I didn't know Jamiroquai was still around

      I have read that he has two daughters and was busy "being a father" these last five years. This latest album also came as a big surprise to me!

      Is there something special about row 6

      That's the funny thing about this flight. Row 6 is supposed to be a standard row. I paid the normal 2000 CLP (3 USD) for choosing a seat, so this extra space is a mystery to me. I didn't check other rows. :(

      when the airline doesn't add an extra row

      SHHHHHH!!!!! Don't give them ideas!!

      I'll make it to Chile one of the days

      High time, Kévin. High time. :D

      Thanks for dropping by!

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