Airlines: LAN Airlines Flight :LA801 AKL - SYD Reg : CC-CQF Aircraft: Airbus 340-313X Dep - AKL : 06:05 Arr - SYD : 07:45 Flight time : 3hr 40min Distance : 2160 kms
Full Trip Video: LAN Airlines CC-CQF LA801 AKL - SYD
Do watch the video to experience the flight.
This trip report is the return trip from Auckland in 2012. Having flown with Aerolineas Argentinas on A340-200 for a short trip, see report here : Aerolineas Argentinas AR1183 SYD-AKL
It was time to return back to Sydney. Below is the video of the flight.
Arrival at the airport
Arrived early to airport to return the car. Dropped the keys at the counter, which was closed, went to complete the check-in process.
Welcome to NZ
Waiting for Check-In to open
I was travelling light with few passengers in the queue. As the Auckland was a transit stop between South America and Australia, not many passengers boarded from Auckland. It didn't take long for the check-in to complete. Departure area is on level 1.
Heading towards departure
Replica of Jean Battens aircraft hanging from the ceiling
Completed the Check-in. With Immigration opening at 5.30a.m. Had breakfast at Macca's.
View from Observation Deck
Tarmac was quiet as airport buzzes after 4.30 a.m. few people were sleeping on the chairs.
Immigration didn't take long as not many passengers were in the queue, I was very early for the flight. No issues with immigration, was soon out in the duty free area.
Duty Free Area after immigration
Departure gates - upstairs
Being winter it was still dark outside.
LAN getting ready with catering being loading
Flight was departing from gate 5. It was a full flight with many flying from South America.
LA801 from Santiago
Tug in place for pushback
Boarding was called by seat numbers.
Business Class Side view
Cabin view as boarding continues
Cabin Side View
Crew walked around the cabin as boarding was completed.
Window View : All Black 777 is the neighbour
After boarding was completed, doors closed. The crew provided a safety demonstration. watch the trip video for taxi and takeoff.
I was awake very early hence didn't watch any entertainment.
Seat with IFE's Main Menu
Crew started the breakfast server after an hour of departure. Breakfast was Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches, fruits, sponge cake and juice.
Dawn @35000 ft
Opened safety card
Crew rest Area
Watch video for landing.
Arrival in Sydney
At the gate
Immigration and Quarantine
There was no self-serving kiosk in those days. Immigration was busy as it was morning peak in Sydney. After passing immigration, it was baggage collection. The bags had started to arrive the the carousel, got mine without much wait. Got waved off at quarantine as I was arriving from Auckland.
Out of airport
Took train to Central and then onwards to home.
Hope you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for reading.
End of Trip
Auckland - AKL
Sydney - SYD
Auckland Airport was easy to navigate. Being a short flight, seats were comfortable. Due to early morning time, didn't watch any entertainment. LAN service was good, crew was courteous and professional. Arrived in morning peak at Sydney airport, yet cleared all the formalities within an hour of arrival.
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