Review of LAN Peru flight Sao Paulo Lima in Business

Airline LAN Peru
Flight LP 2608
Class Business
Seat 4J
Flight time 05:15
Take-off 31 Dec 10, 20:35
Arrival at 31 Dec 10, 22:50
LP 16 reviews
jetsetpanda
By SILVER 2942
Published on 29th October 2013
Brazil is a spectacular country made even more enjoyable when you spend it with friends that show you around. I was fortunate that I had friends in Sao Paulo that took care of me when I visited at the end of 2010.

During my first couple of days in Sao Paulo I had the opportunity to try some local food (feijoada, pao de queijo, cocada, bacalhau, etc.) and got spoiled with having fresh squeezed fruit juices constantly, especially orange juice. I became addicted to eating salgadinhos (small salty snacks that reminded me of Spanish tapas) which did not help my waistline. The turnovers are particularly delectable and I loved the ones made of heart of palm.


Salgadinhos




Different types of sauces (garlic, pepper, etc.)

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Pao de Queijo (one of my favorites addictions while in Brazil)

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Let's not forget the national dish - feijoada (bean and meat stew)

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I did a lot of walking in Sao Paulo and enjoyed getting into different neighborhoods and sampling all the fantastic cuisines that this diverse city offered. It is evident that the different immigrants that make up the population of this great metropolis have left their marks, especially in their culinary contributions. For example, the pizzas here are some of the best that I have had anywhere else and come pretty close to the real thing in Italy. Kibe or quibe has its origin from Lebanese kibbeh and was introduced in Brazil by Syrian and Lebanese immigrants. Let's not forget the Japanese whose contributions were sizable. One of the favorites is pastei or pastry with different fillings. The shapes usually denote the type of fillings they have. For example, half moons contain cheese and square ones meat.

One of the highlights of my culinary journey in Brazil was being invited to a local's house for lunch. An experience like this is priceless, especially when you spend it with good company and great food. We started with meat croquettes followed by a help yourself feast of pernil (pork), collard greens, fish stew, rice and feijoada.

Liberdade is the Japantown of Sao Paulo and it is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan in the world. Japanese immigrants started arriving into Brazil back in 1908 and today there are approximately 1.5 million people of Japanese descent living in Brazil.

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Street Art is big in Sao Paulo




Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge serving as background for Globo TV.

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On my last day my friends dropped me off at the airport and it was time to bid farewell. The ride was not a picturesque one with random buildings and warehouses dotting the road. We finally arrived at the parking lot and it looked chaotic and uncovered out in the open. Perhaps this was short term parking but I couldn't believe that it was not inside a building to shelter the passengers going back to the car in case of rain.

After a long walk I checked in at the LAN counter at the end of the terminal. The agent who helped me had to excuse himself twice to the back in order to straighten a problem. At last he handed me my boarding pass and I noticed that it was only for the GRU-LIM portion. I checked a bag and it was properly tagged all the way to SFO. I then went through Immigration and looked around the Duty Free shop before heading to American's Admirals Club.


Admirals Club

The club is located on the second floor and it had a buffet arrangement with drinks, sandwiches, fruits, soup, individually portioned salads and sweets.




Next to it was a small office center with internet terminals, xerox and fax machine.

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The club was spacious but I felt that some areas the seats were too close together lacking real privacy. It was a good thing that it was not full this afternoon and I had my own corner.

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I decided to leave a bit early towards the gate and check out some of the shops. At the gate, the plane was arriving and FA's were ready to board after all passengers disembarked.



Plane at the gate

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Flight attendants working my GRU-LIM flight

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About 35 min. before dept. a call was made to board Business Class passengers followed by those with children. The purser was at the door and greeted me enthusiastically pointing me towards the side of the cabin where my seat was located. Pre-dept. drinks and the lite version kit were offered. The kit was just a bag with socks, eye shades, earplugs and a pen. I did not save the pictures of this kit in their original size and these are the only ones that I was able to find.




I noticed that there were about 6 crew members who were deadheading and proceeded to occupy the forward section of the cabin.

After take off the FA's sprung into action and were asking for your choice of meals. No menus were offered and there were 3 choices. I opted for the tilapia fish with guava cheesecake and forgot what the other two were. The service was excellent with FA's addressing you by name and and at the end they thanked me for choosing LAN. This was the only flight of the 4 that had a survey distributed by the purser and where FA's personally thanked the passengers. We landed in Lima on time and as usual on LA flights the FA's positioned themselves at the back of the Business cabin when passengers were disembarking.


Cabin

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FA distributing reading materials and amenity kit

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Cart with meals and beverages

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Meal

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Amazing guava cheesecake. I am convinced that LAN provides great desserts.

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Chocolate to end the meal

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Verdict

LAN Peru

8.9/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment8.5
Meal/catering9.0

American Airlines Admirals Club

8.2/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering8.5
Entertainment7.5
Services8.5

Sao Paulo - GRU

7.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Lima - LIM

8.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

For an intra-South American flight this was a very nice experience. I find that the distribution of an amenity kit is very generous and the meal adequate in portion with good quality components.

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9 Comments

  • Comment 92020 by
    lagentsecret 8958 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    You were very lucky having friends living there : no better way to visit a place than being with locals

    Great gastronomic bonus as usual

    Catering looks yummy, at least for the main and dessert, I don't like when salad is considered as an appetizer

  • Comment 92058 by
    jetsetpanda SILVER AUTHOR 2253 Comments

    I totally agree with you about not liking a salad as an appetizer. I think it is rather cheap not to provide a proper introduction to a meal like some seafood, smoked salmon, a terrine or something similar. I also observe that in the New World, especially in North America, salads can be the equivalent of real meals. Perhaps I am generalizing but in Europe salad does not have the cult following that you see here. If anything, it is more an afterthought and used as a palate cleanser between meals.

    European airlines in general provide nice appetizers, even in Y. My only experiences flying an European carrier on a long intercontinental trip in Y have been with AF, IB and TK. I can say that all three provided very decent meals with proper appetizers and desserts.

  • Comment 92078 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 4403 Comments

    Yum...your reports always make me hungry! Good thing it's almost lunchtime here onthe East coast, LOL. LAN has a really good product overall. If I ever cheat on SkyTeam, I'd be tempted to try them to LatAm

    • Comment 283768 by
      jetsetpanda SILVER AUTHOR 2253 Comments

      It's easy to cheat on Skyteam ;) What's your option to S. America with them? Aerolineas Argentinas? They are notorious for their delays from what I've read. One good thing about Skyteam is that you can request affordable upgrades via Optiontown for Vietnam Airlines, Air Europa and Aeromexico.

    • Comment 283788 by
      KévinDC TEAM SILVER 4403 Comments

      Oh lord no, you couldn't pay me to take Aerolinas Argentinas, LOL. Delta is the main option and Aeromexico...good to know about the upgrade option--more airlines should use optiontown!

  • Comment 92108 by
    flyingjapans 1374 Comments

    Thank you for this FR, the brazilian national dish looks like curry, yum!
    It's the first time I see what Sao Paulo's japantown looks like, thank you for this touristic bonus as well.

    LAN's J seems to be a good option for people flying to or within South America.

    • Comment 283770 by
      jetsetpanda SILVER AUTHOR 2253 Comments

      Feijoada could be complex with a lot of elements competing for attention. I was also very curious about Liberdade and finally got a chance to experience it. I can tell you that Japanese Brazilians are quite unique with their own joie de vivre.

      LAN is the best Latin American carrier. period. There used to be one from Ecuador named SAETA that I never flew with, but its reputation was pretty good too.

    • Comment 283769 by
      jetsetpanda SILVER AUTHOR 2253 Comments

      Alors, c'est un plaisir de faire votre connaissance. They say that great minds think alike, no?

      It's really unfortunate that Sao Paulo is always compared to Rio and is the ugly sibling. In reality there is an energy, diversity and creativity in that city that propel it rightfully into one of the greatest metropolis in the world.

      Agree that the airport has to be demolished and rebuilt from the ground up. How embarrassing!

  • Comment 92132 by
    momolemomo GOLD 4677 Comments

    Pao de Queijo (one of my favorites addictions while in Brazil) -> We are going to be friends ! :D
    My father lives in Brasil since 2008 and i have family in Sao Paulo. I've been there 10 times and I love it, it is such a nice country.
    But GRU is a mess and they have to do something about it. And quickly.
    Thank you for this report.

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