Review of LAN Airlines flight Auckland Sydney in Economy

Airline LAN Airlines
Flight LA801
Class Economy
Seat 36A
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 03:40
Take-off 02 Jul 12, 06:05
Arrival at 02 Jul 12, 07:45
LA 65 reviews
By SILVER 1423
Published on 28th April 2018
Trip Report : Auckland - Sydney on LAN Airlines

Flight Details:

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

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Arrival Area

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Arrival Board

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Waiting for Check-In to open

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Flight Arrival

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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.

Arrival Schedule

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Heading towards departure

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Replica of Jean Battens aircraft hanging from the ceiling

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Departure Area

Completed the Check-in. With Immigration opening at 5.30a.m. Had breakfast at Macca's.

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View from Observation Deck

Tarmac was quiet as airport buzzes after 4.30 a.m. few people were sleeping on the chairs.

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Remote Bay

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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

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"The tree"

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Colour change

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Departure gates - upstairs

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Top View

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Towards Gate

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Airside View

Being winter it was still dark outside.

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LAN getting ready with catering being loading

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Gate information

Flight was departing from gate 5. It was a full flight with many flying from South America.

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LA801 from Santiago

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Tug in place for pushback

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Boarding was called by seat numbers.

Business Class

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Business Class Side view

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Economy Class

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Window View

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Cabin view as boarding continues

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Cabin Side View

Crew walked around the cabin as boarding was completed.

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Window View : All Black 777 is the neighbour

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After boarding was completed, doors closed. The crew provided a safety demonstration. watch the trip video for taxi and takeoff.

LAN logo

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Flight path

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Moving Map

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Departing Auckland

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Flight details

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Inflight Entertainment

I was awake very early hence didn't watch any entertainment.

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Seat with IFE's Main Menu

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IFE Controller

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Crew started the breakfast server after an hour of departure. Breakfast was Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches, fruits, sponge cake and juice.

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Dawn approaching

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Reading material

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Inflight magazine

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Window View

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Dawn @35000 ft

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Flight Information

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Safety card

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Opened safety card

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Window View

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Cabin view

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Crew rest Area

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Window View

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Over Sutherland

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On approach

Watch video for landing.

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Arrival in Sydney

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LAN logo

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Business Class

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At the gate

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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

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Auckland - AKL


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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.

Information on the route Auckland (AKL) Sydney (SYD)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 15 avis concernant 5 compagnies sur la ligne Auckland (AKL) → Sydney (SYD).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Emirates avec 8.4/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 3 heures et 35 minutes.

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  • Comment 443250 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6719 Comments
    HI Koresh, thanks for sharing this retro report that brings back good memories for me! I flew this route on the LA 789 shortly after it switched from the A340. The LAN A340 was a beautiful bird, especially with the nice LAN livery. I love that there is such a variety of interesting carriers flying trans-Tasman routes, though I guess there will be one less with EK handing over their routes to QF.

    Thanks for sharing!
  • Comment 443657 by
    koresh SILVER AUTHOR 109 Comments
    Hello KevinDC, I flew on Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN specially for the A340. In those days, Aerolíneas Argentinas was flying the A340-200 and LAN A340-300. I enjoyed both flights. I had travelled to New Zealand in 2005 on Emirates A340-500 unfortunately didn't take any photos of that trip. When I flew in 2012 decided to take enough photos for memory. Thanks for your comments.

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