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Review of LATAM flight Cusco Lima in Economy

Airline LATAM
Flight LA2040
Class Economy
Seat 2F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:35
Take-off 26 Nov 16, 13:20
Arrival at 26 Nov 16, 14:55
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KévinDC
By GOLD 646
Published on 11th November 2018

Introduction



Hello and welcome to this review of LATAM domestic service within Peru. This is the fourth leg in an old series from the fall of 2016 that I'd never gotten around to finishing. As a result, this report has inadvertently become a retro-report–though two years wasn't that long ago, the last two reports in the series will definitely feel retro.

For some background on this trip, I had found some decent oneworld Business class fares to Peru over the Thanksgiving Holiday, which presented a perfect opportunity to go to Machu Picchu and check off one of those long-time bucket-list trips. The flights between Washington, DC and Lima were bought as one ticket and these domestic flights on LATAM were bought on a separate ticket.

Routing:

Washington IAD ✈ Dallas DFW | American Airlines, B737-800, Domestic First Class
Dallas DFW ✈ Lima LIM | American Airlines, B757-200, Business Class
Lima LIM ✈ Cuzco CUZ | LATAM, A320-200, Economy
Cuzco CUZ ✈ Lima LIM | LATAM, A320-200, Economy
Lima LIM ✈ Dallas DFW | American Airlines, B757-200, Business Class
Dallas DFW ✈ Washington IAD | American Airlines, MD-80, Domestic First Class

Pre-flight & check-in



We arrived to the Cuzco airport about 2 hours before departure. It was a bit early for a domestic flight but, because traffic through the small streets of Cuzco can be very unpredictable, we wanted to make sure to leave our hotel in the center of the city with ample time.

The exterior of the terminal has stone walls that remind one of the Inca architecture for which this area of Peru is famous.

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Check-in was relatively quick despite LATAM's many domestic flights operating from Cuzco. Security was a bit slow, but we had plenty of time. There were no priority lanes at either check-in or security.

As you can see there are tons of flights between Cuzco and the capital of Lima. I believe there are other domestic flights within Peru as well.

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The terminal is very small and could really use a refresh (maybe it's gotten one since then). It got very crowded at one point where several flights were departing within a few minutes of one another. Unfortunately there was no LATAM lounge, or even a Priority Pass lounge, in CUZ so we were stuff hanging out in the terminal.

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Our flight would be departing out of Gate 3

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The small old terminal isn't terribly planespotter-friendly with lots of walls blocking views.

Avianca A320

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Boarding



Boarding began on time and I was pleasantly surprised that priority boarding was enforced for oneworld frequent flyers with Preferente on their boarding passes.

This allowed us to be among the first to board.

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Our aircraft was in the beautiful LAN livery. At the time, there were only a handful of aircraft in the new LATAM livery. Granted, the painting seems very slow overall–two years later there still aren't that many in the new livery.

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The antimacassars had the new squiggly LATAM logo

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These domestic flights don't have premium cabins; however, our oneworld status allowed us to select seats towards the front.

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The 30" seat pitch definitely feels tight. Thankfully we ended up with an empty seat between us.

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The seat back pocket is at eye level, allowing more room at the knee level–though really it mostly allows carriers to reduce seat pitch.

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There are several audio channels, including audio for the overhead screens.

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Unlike the flight to Cuzco, which was packed, this flight had a lot of open seats, especially towards the front. The off-peak lack of demand probably explains the cheaper price for this flight.

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The first row remained completely empty.

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There are some pretty cool and rare things for AvGeeks to see in Peru. Like this 37 year old Peruvian 737-200 classic parked next to our aircraft.

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The Flight



As the flight was not full, boarding was completed early. As a result we pushed back from the gate early.

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Not sure what kind of maintenance this old 737 was undergoing but it looks positively ancient.

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Taxi to the end of the runway was short

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There is only one runway in Cuzco, completely surrounded by the city.

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Lining up for takeoff on Runway 10

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Passing the terminal at high speed

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Nice views of the outskirts of town on takeoff

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poorer neighbourhoods in the hills high above Cuzco

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The mountains around Cuzco are pretty arid, though there are some green valleys here and there.

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shortly after takeoff the friendly cabin crew began the in-flight service.

There was a choice of several juices and sodas, but I had an Inca Kola, as it's not something I see everyday living in the U.S.

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Just for laughs comedy pranks programming played on the overhead TVs throughout the flight.

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But on a route like this that crosses the Andes mountains, the best IFE was outside the window.

Though it was cloudy for the first half of the flight

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The clouds dissipated to reveal beautiful mountain scenery.

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Small lakes on top of mountains

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Beautiful rock formations…

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And snowy mountaintops

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Interestingly coloured rocks

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More snow-capped mountains

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A mountaintop village and agriculture

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As we approach Lima, the valleys become noticeably more smog-filled

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Almost there

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The smog hangs thick as we arrive over the Lima area

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Lima is a huge sprawling city

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I had to clean up the photos to better see through the thick layer of smog

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The airport is located in the Northwestern district of Callao.

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It is an industrial port area.

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Looking back towards the city as we turn over the Pacific to line up for landing, you can see just how thickly the smog covers the city.

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Arrival



There was some nice planespotting on the way to the gate.

LATAM Peru B767-300ER at the international gates

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LC Peru B737-500

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LATAM A320 with sharklets

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Star Peru Bae 146-100

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Military helicopters

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Another old Peruvian B737-200

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A closer look at the Star Peru Avro RJ

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Another LATAM A320

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LATAM dominates LIM, but there's a nice variety of Central and South American carriers.

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We parked next to this Avianca A320

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A last look at the cabin on deplaning.

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It was a quick walk to the baggage claim area and bags were already coming up the belt when we arrived, which was a pleasant surprise, considering we were the first to deplane.

We could see our aircraft from the baggage claim area.

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After grabbing our baggage we arranged a taxi into the city centre right there at desks in the baggage claim area, which was very convenient.

Thanks for reading!






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Verdict

LATAM

7.3/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.0
In-flight Entertainment7.0
Meal/catering6.5

Cusco - CUZ

5.5/10
Efficiency6.0
Access6.5
Services4.5
Cleanliness5.0

Lima - LIM

7.3/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Overall it was a very pleasant short flight with LATAM. The flight was on time and arrived early in Lima. Cabin crew were friendly and spoke English well. I appreciate that there were overhead screens with audio channels for IFE on such a short flight. The seat pitch is a bit tight, but he seats were generally comfortable and it helped that the front of the cabin was mostly empty.

Information on the route Cusco (CUZ) Lima (LIM)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 8 reviews of 5 airlines on the route Cusco (CUZ) → Lima (LIM).


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9 Comments

  • Comment 475110 by
    Fernando 21 Comments

    Nice report as always Kevin; I´m amazed that the filght had complimentary service and no Mercado LATAM: the BOB of LATAM. In Argentina due to problems with cabin crew union, there is a complimentary service too!

  • Comment 475112 by
    ThomasDutch SILVER 195 Comments

    Enjoyable read. Always splendid to see some old 737-200's, unfortunately LC Peru phased them out too (understandable though)

    • Comment 475330 by
      KévinDC TEAM GOLD AUTHOR 4600 Comments

      Hi ThomasDutch, thanks for your comments! Yes, there was definitely some cool planespotting in Peru! I don't know that's I would have been comfortable to fly on one of those 737-200s, though I'm sure they were well maintained.

  • Comment 475225 by
    loukas SILVER 265 Comments

    Hi Kevin! It would have been a loss had this report remained unpublished mostly due to fantastic aerials and bonus. Many thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 475331 by
      KévinDC TEAM GOLD AUTHOR 4600 Comments

      Hi Loukas! Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it :-)
      I have like 20 old reports I never got around to posting--hopefully I'll be able to post most of them over time.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Comment 478234 by
    nechus SILVER 598 Comments

    Beautiful! Simply beautiful! What else can I say.

    For a second I thought "What?! He's been in my neighborhood and skipped Chile again!!" Then I saw it was an oldie. But goodie!

    The airport and the plane... unimpressive. Latam had not yet introduced their mercado latam in those years, right? Hence the small bag of nuts. With dry fava beans! Nothing like liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. (Slurp, slurp, slurp) XD

    Careful with those latam screenshots. Remember what happened to me. I'm still visiting my therapist. :'(

    So Peru's the place to visit if I want to fly on a 737-200 again. I'm eager to!

    Thanks for the bonus and the aerials. You know this is the kind of report I love.

    • Comment 478261 by
      KévinDC TEAM GOLD AUTHOR 4600 Comments

      Hola Nelson! Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! It is a bit of a Nechus-esque reports with aerials of the Andes :-)

      Yes, I have actually been down to your neighborhood without going to Chile again, as you can see from my MIA-GIG report, haha. And as you'll see the intention was originally to go to Chile actually, but it didn't work out.

      Yes, it seems this was before the Mercado Latam days, as I understand the mercado has now been rolled out throughout the subsidiaries.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

      Saludos

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