Hello! This is the second part of the series of reports from my trip to Mexico this month. I hope you like it!
The routes were: - ROS-GRU with LATAM Airbus 321 - GRU-MEX with LATAM Boeing 767-300 YOU ARE HERE! - MEX-CUN with Volaris Airbus 320 - CUN-MEX with Volaris Airbus 320 - MEX-GRU with LATAM Boeing 767-300 - GRU-ROS with LATAM Airbus 321 LA8112 Date: 28/05/18 Origin: Sao Paulo – Guarulhos GRU Destination: México City – Benito Juarez MEX Departure: 23.25 (23.45 real) Arrival: 07.20 (07.20 aprox real)
So I had arrived on my flight from ROS at 21.05. We disembarked through stairs and we were driven to the main building of Terminal 3. On the entrance there were two paths, one to migrations and the other to security check point prior to international connections. Almost all the passengers of my flight took the second path. Security controls were fast, and after that you could continue the way to the upper floor where the gates, shops and restaurants are located.
I still had like two hours for my flight. I decided to wander around Terminal 3 looking for my two favorite Brazilian delicacies: Açaí and Pao de Queijo.
The second one I found, but the first I couldn’t. There were many shops and restaurants closed. But I was surprised to see many locals eating like horses! Later I would find out why…
At 22.45 they started boarding my flight on gates 315 and 316. There weren’t many people; I would say the flight was 50-60% full. Most passengers were Brazilian or Mexican.
The plane registration was PT-MOG. It’s a Boeing 767-300 almost 20 years old. You could really note the age from the interiors. Nevertheless, I always felt the 767 very comfortable. Especially on long haul flights. I would say it’s my favorite aircraft.
The IFE screens were a little old but worked ok. After the FAs tried to play the security demonstration video all the screens (even the common ones) stopped working. They had to do the demonstration “manually”. Such a pity! I was already watching Pedro Almodovar’s film “Julieta”.
At 23.45 we took off and turned northwest. The screens still didn’t work…
At 00.30 the FAs started serving dinner. According to the menu they handed us previously there were three options: one of vegetarian pasta, other of chicken and rice and another of cold meat. Actually none of those options sounded appetizing to me. They all had something of “Brazilian culinary taste”. When my turn came, I asked for the meat plate, but there wasn’t any more left :( . I had to take the chicken option.
When I took the aluminum fold off the plate I was very disappointed: a tiny baby chicken breast, one and a half cherry tomato in a white rice bowl with a repulsive sauce of I don’t know what. There wasn’t even a piece of bread, so at least I could make a sandwich :( .The plate seemed small itself. I don’t pretend to get served a full banquet on economy class… But it’s a nine hour flight! And I had left my home almost 8 hours ago. For dessert there was a mini alfajor (It’s 2 cookies with caramel between them), but it was also disgusting.
When the FAs served my dinner I asked them if there was something they could do with the IFE system. They said they’ll try to reset it. While I was eating the IFE came back and I could finish my movie. After that I tried to sleep the most I could.
When we were flying over Guatemala I woke up and minutes later they started serving breakfast.
I wasn’t lucky neither this time haha. There were two options: banana cake (I hate bananas) and cheese omelette (I hate eggs), with fruit or yougurt. I took the banana cake and removed the bananas haha. I really starved during this flight so I decided that on my way back I’ll order a kosher meal.
The nicest passenger
Minutes before 7 am we started flying over Mexico City. From the air you could see how huge the city is and how many planes you can spot during de descent. The landing is beautiful because you fly directly over the south area of the city, and if you take a seat on the right side of the plane you can observe the main sites.
Punctually we landed at 7.20 and headed to Terminal 1. We parked next to a LATAM Chile Boeing 787-9, which was about to fly back to SCL.
From there, I went to migrations which were fast and they didn’t ask anything. Only If I was for tourism. They stamped my passport for 180 days! Later I went to look for my luggage and it also came fast.
I went to the land side, and I asked for a taxi because my Uber app wasn’t working.
Sao Paulo - GRU
Mexico City - MEX
Apart from the food deception, the flight went ok. The crew was friendly and had always a smile but I didn’t interact much with them. The flight was on time, and they managed to fix the IFE. If I ever fly with LATAM again on a long haul flight I think ill order a special meal. On the MEX GRU airport I’ll show the KSML option.
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