Hello everyone, long time no see. I’m so glad to be writing a new flight report after almost 15 months of no flight at all. At the ending of 2020 the Argentinian Government announced that tourism activities will be authorized to restart on 2021. I still have some flight tickets I hope to be able to use soon, one to NYC and another to Ecuador. So, in November I decided it was time to make reservations for the long weekend of February. Until one week before the flight I wasn’t very confident about the trip, I was always thinking that we´ll be back in quarantine. Thankfully it didn’t happen.
So, let´s start with the report
Origin: Rosario – Islas Malvinas International ROS
Destination: Bariloche – Lt. Luis Candelaria BRC
Departure: 17.20 (17.20 real)
Arrival: 19.20 (19.05)
On the date of the flight, I got to the airport 3 hours before. My dad drove me, so that’s why I made it pretty early. When I entered, I found out about the new protocols of air travel (and travel in general). On the entry door they scanned your temperature and an airport agent asked you to show the CUIDAR mobile app (it’s a government app to make a self COVID diagnose, they issue a code you have to renew every 48h hours).
Then I went to Aerolineas Argentinas counters. They were checking in passengers for EZE and BRC flights. I had already checked in online the day before. When I came to the counter, the agent asked me to show the travel authorizations requested to board the flights (one is national, and the other was from Rio Negro Province). I showed them both on my mobile. She also asked me if I had the digital boarding pass, so she didn’t print it for me.
Then I had a couple of hours to wander around before the flight. I heard some month ago that a new library shop opened near the arrivals gate, and I wanted to buy a book. When I got there, I found that on Saturdays they close early…
I went to the upper floor, where there is a nice big window towards the tarmac. But there wasn’t much movement.
After a while I saw the landing of the EZE-ROS flight on Embraer 190 LV-GAQ. This will be the aircraft of my trip to BRC.
My boarding pass
Some minutes later they announced the opening of the boarding gate. A line was formed to pass through security check.
On the boarding area there isn’t much. Just a small bar and a VIP Lounge. The best it the huge window with views to the tarmac.
Beautiful day to fly, right?
At 17 a line was formed to start boarding. First passengers with Sky Team status, then the rest. When the agents spotted families with little children, they made them cut the line.
Boarding the plane through stairs
Although the livery says Austral, last year during the pandemic Argentina´s Government announced the merger of Austral and Aerolineas Argentinas. I heard that they started painting some Embraers under the AR livery
When I boarded, I was disappointed, because this EMB 190 is the only one on Aerolineas Argentinas fleet that doesn’t have PTVs.
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The crew didn´t seem cheerful at all. They looked very hurried to finish boarding and go back home.
After a couple of minutes, boarding was finished. The captain introduced himself and announced that we well take off soon.
Take off was right on time.
We headed north, then east. I had some beautiful views of Rosario, the bridge and the islands of Paraná River.
ROS Airport from the air
The flight happened quite fast. I didn’t have many great views because my seat 5A doesn’t have a proper self-window. It has half window on the front and half window on the back. And on my side of the aircraft the sun was hitting hard, so the windows were closed most of the flight. No food or drink service was offered. On long haul international flight AR is giving the passengers a bag of snacks on the boarding. Pretty poor…
The seat was ok. There was nobody next to me. The flight wasn’t 100% full, but it almost was.
At 18.40 we started descending. The captain announced we will be landing in some minutes.
Patagonian dessert views
At 19.05 we landed. Some minutes ahead of schedule.
We exited the aircraft through jet ways.
My luggage came up very fast, and I went to my hotel on a shared shuttle.
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Now, some pics from the trip
Ventisquero Negro Glacier on Tronador Mountain
Stunning view from Catedral Mountain
Bariloche Civic Centre
Frias Lake, near the border with Chile
Raspberry cheesecake with roses tea
It was nice to fly again. The flight was pretty fast and ahead of schedule. I didn’t interact with the crew, but they didn’t seem very friendly. As I mentioned, no service of any kind was offer on board.