This time I was flying from Mendoza to Rosario in Business Class on Austral Líneas Aéreas .
The aircraft was an Embraer 190 of 5.7 years old. LV-FPT. We should depart at 17:25 and arrive at Rosario at 19:05.
Passenger traveling Business or that have Elite AerolineasPlus or SkyTeam programs would board first. The boarding was quick and efficient.
We took off from El Plumerillo at 17:42, almost 20 minutes later. Cruising altitude was 32000 ft.
This is the great service on Austral Business Class. Drinks, two sandwiches , one alfajor, some peanuts and even a refreshing towel. The seat had a great legroom and it was very comfortable. But sadly the “Bravo” entertaining system wasn’t working and the plane doesn’t have WiFi connection . But the plane does have USB chargers , and they were working.
At 18:30 we started our descent with this beautiful sunset above the clouds.
15 minutes after we started our descent we had arrived in Rosario on time.
On the right hand side of the aircraft we can see another Austral E190 heading towards Aeroparque (LV-CIE)
On the left hand side of the aircraft we could see a Latam Airbus A320 CC-BAH that would be parked all night long and leave Rosario very early in the morning to Lima, Perú.
Generally the flight was very good. The service was great, boarding was fast and the cabin crew was excellent all the time.
Things to improve: Being connected on flight is very important so WiFi must be added on this planes, and they should also fix the IFE systems because the are getting older on this planes.
Do I recommend traveling Austral Business for national and regional flights? Yes I do, the have a very good and solid product. One of the things you can do to get upgraded is to make an offer for Business two days before the flight. It is way cheaper than buying it directly.
Business Class Upgrade cost: + $1200 ARS (JUL 2019 $27 USD) (JUL 2020 $15 USD) Only MDZ-ROS Flight.