Review of Avianca flight Toronto San Salvador in Premium Eco

Airline Avianca
Flight AV627
Class Premium Eco
Seat 10A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 05:40
Take-off 06 Oct 18, 15:35
Arrival at 06 Oct 18, 19:15
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JAZ350
By SILVER 913
Published on 1st January 2019
Bienvenidos A San Salvador

Introduction



Welcome to my flight report on TACA, Now Avianca's YYZ-SAL-SJO route. The route was operated by an A320 aircraft. To my surprise, the service was better than most western carriers as the airline offered a full meal service and complimentary drinks. As this was an onward flight, once arriving at SAL's hub airport, most passengers connected either to San Jose, Costa Rica, or onto other destinations within Latin America. After TACA's merger, Avianca became Central America's largest airline. Now their strong presence was evident all throughout the San Salvador. I hope you enjoy the read.

Flight details


Aircraft Registration: N686TA
Aircraft Type: Airbus A320
Departure: 14:24 (EDT)
Arrival: 18:58 (CST)

Check in and lounge at YYZ


Avianca's checkin was pretty light was we arrived about 2.5 hours prior to the flight. The handling crew were pretty nice and able to help whenever needed.


The T1 security lines were pretty light and warranted a hassle free entry to the departure lounge areaphoto img_3503 2photo img_3505photo img_3506

As there was about 100 minutes before departure, I did some spotting. Here is EK242 prepping for their DXB departurephoto img_3507photo img_3512photo img_3517

AC 789 and AU 763 departing to ICN and VIE respectively


Rouge 763 and AC 77W departing to POS and ZRH respectively


Some views from YYZ terminal. Compared to many, YYZ's terminal is quite nice as it offers premium shops and great food


AV627 was ready for boarding.Today's aircraft was the only A320 in the fleet left with the TACA paint scheme and TACA interiorphoto img_3534photo img_3535photo img_3536

In flight


Boarding was quite slow as passengers took their cool time finding their seats.photo img_3537

Lovely quality blankets were found in each seat. A great amenity
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Seat space in the bulk head seat was good and allowed easy mobility.Unfortunately, a passenger behind found it fit to place their feet under my chairphoto img_3577

Views from the seatphoto img_3542photo img_3543photo img_3547

Upwind RWY 23photo img_3550photo img_3552photo img_3553

At cruise, the skies cleared up as flew over the USA


The meal service commenced. The meal was quite good and was paired with a rum and cokephoto img_3563photo img_3566photo img_3567

Cabin after meal service


As Hurricane Mike made its way over the gulf, the aircraft slightly deviated to avoid the weather


Sunset as we flew over the Yucatan Peninsulaphoto img_3602photo img_3603 1photo img_3611

Dusk passed and night time fell. The crew began preparations for landing as we neared SAL.photo img_3615photo img_3616photo img_3623

The approach was quite interesting and we made various banks over the hills of El Salvador. photo img_3627

Arrival



As we exited the runway, we were parked at the gate momentarily
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Connecting flights from SALphoto img_3660

Migracion was light as we arrived before the other USA flights


Route mapphoto img_3663
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Verdict

Avianca

8.0/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.0

Toronto - YYZ

8.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

San Salvador - SAL

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Avianca's service was far more than I initially expected and I was happy with my experience. Moreover San Salvador's airport is ideal for connection as the layout is user friendly. It was a pleasure to fly on one of the last remaining TACA aircraft in the fleet. Without a doubt I would be flying AV in the near future. Stay tuned for my return leg; SAL-YYZ.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 482823 by
    hometoyyz SILVER 498 Comments

    Hi Jaz350,

    Ahhh… I do miss the much more modern and attractive T1 at Pearson. Oh well. I’m happy enough slumming it out of T3, where I can arrive an hour departure and still get 15 minutes at the Plaza Premium before boarding begins.

    Interesting that your plane was still in the TACA colours. I kinda hope it was a retrojet, and not a plane that hasn’t been painted in a decade. But I suppose you never know.

    Glad the meal was enjoyable. It doesn’t make a great visual impression, though.

    A shame there’s no seatback IFE on this relatively long route. At least there was some booze on offer.

    Great shot of the engine in the sunset!

    Looking forward to seeing the flipside of this trip. Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 482943 by
      JAZ350 SILVER AUTHOR 52 Comments

      Thank you! Yes I also found it interesting that they're still TACA painted aircraft, I believe there is also an A321 in the scheme. T1 is a great terminal to use when flying in or out of YYZ. By the way, the flip side of my trip has just been posted. Have a read! :)

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