Welcome to yet another flight report. This time, I'll be flying economy on Aerolineas Argentinas' Boeing 737-800. Today's destination is the southern city of Bariloche, one of the most popular tourist hotspots of Argentina and South America. I know that I've said in my last flight report that I wouldn't be flying AR again anytime soon, but as it turns out, it was the only airline flying to BRC that allowed me to book an emergency exit row seat free of charge.
aep - buenos aires jorge newbery intl. airport
As this is a true red eye flight, my completely sleep deprived self arrived at the domestic terminal at 01:00 in the morning.
Sleepy AEP was already getting crowded as there were many flights departing at 4 AM.
The check-in counters were already crowded. I queued up, dropped of my baggage and got my boarding pass.
After this, I breezed through security as there were only three passengers before me in the line. I went through with my bottle of water with no problem and before I could think about it I was airside. Didn't wander around the terminal this time as I was too tired.
Boarding started right on time at 03:55. First to board were Sky Priority passengers, passengers requiring assistance and families with small children. Then we boarded by groups. Today's ride is LV-FUB, 8.1 years old. It has 8 Premium Economy seats and 162 Economy seats. My first impression was that the plane was dirty and the premium economy seats looked dated. Didn't take photos because I didn't want to annoy the passengers sitting there.
Legroom at the emergency exit row was at the very least generous. Being 1.94m tall I could stretch my legs all the way and that's incredible for an economy seat. This was my first flight flying on such row, hence the excitement. My only flights before this one on the 737 were on Ryanair.
"NO CHILDREN THIS ROW" - Seems like a caveman had translated that phrase. On the seat pocket there were a safety instructions card, a special emergency exit row briefing card, and the instructions for the onboard entertainment system which of course wasn't working.
Once everyone had boarded doors were closed and we started pushback. We then taxied for runway 13 and were the first flight to depart AEP that day.
We used at least 80% of the runway for takeoff. Once airborne, the plane turned right tracking southwest. We flew by the famous 9 de Julio avenue, the widest avenue in the world, right besided the obelisk as we climbed for FL360.
The long string of lights extending to the horizon you see here is a motorway known as the "West Access"
We flew east of Morón aerodrome, home to lots of flight schools. After reaching our cruising altitude I called the FA because I wanted a glass of water. She came surprisingly fast, but instead of bringing the water to my seat asked me to get up, walk to the galley and grab it myself. She wasn't very nice but I couldn't say that she was mean. Am I in the wrong for expecting the FA to bring the water to me?
Most people were already sleeping by this time, and I decided to do the same. There were no passengers next to me, which would have been a plus if I could lift the armrests, which wasn't the case for the emergency exit row.
I couldn't fall asleep, so I decided to visit the toilet.
It was very small and basic, but thankfully clean. After the quick toilet visit I was back at my seat trying to fall asleep. No more than 20 minutes had passed and the crew turned all the lights on at full brightness and started the snack service wich consisted of an alfajor and a choice of hot and cold beverages. I got some water, didn't eat the alfajor and continued trying to sleep.
Some 30 minutes after the service endend, we started our descent into Bariloche - Teniente Candelaria Intl. Airport (BRC/SAZS). The approach was very boring as it was still pitch black outside and we were flying over a desert. Landing took almost everyone by surprise as we landed runway 29, which faces the desert and has not a single village or road to be seen on its approach path.
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Touchdown was average and the plane braked heavily in order to make it to the exit and prevent a backtrack. We deplaned through a jetway. Baggage claim was fast and we had to clear a so called "Control Fitozoosanitario", where they only scanned backpacks and nothing else. Not the most impenetrable control. As I left the terminal, a beautiful sunrise welcomed me to Bariloche.
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Bariloche is a beautiful place. It has some of the most stunning landscapes I've ever seen. The only problem I think it has is a lack of proper infrastructure: no motorways, too congested, very few public transport alternatives. But still, great place to spend at least a week, where you can go skiing, trekking, sightseeing, there's museums, shops, and great hotels.
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AR's service was average and met my expectations. The plane wasn't clean but not nearly as dirty as in my previous FR. The crew wasn't friendly nor too helpful and only did its job. The seat was alright and flying on the emergency exit row was definitely a plus. I would choose AR over its competitors F0 and WJ just because they offer free emergency exit seats and a generous baggage policy.
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Wow I think that's weird, I would expect the FA to bring you a glass of water...
Thanks for reading
Do they require you to speak Spanish to sit in the exit row?
Hope there'll be a few destination bonus pics in the return report! It seems so beautiful there. I'll be close(ish) in a month when I visit the Los Lagos region of Chile! I am sooooo excited to finally make it down to Southern South America.
Thanks for sharing!
No entendí bien la razón para tomar un vuelo nacional a las 4 de la mañana. Pero las vistas del amanecer valieron la pena!
Siempre he admrado AEP. Encuentro impresionante lo que pueden hacer con una sola pista en un aeropuerto tan ocupado! Es un constante salir y llegar de aviones, y todo tiene que estar corrdinadísimo. Realmente admirable.
Hay cosas que en estas latitudes ya damos por sentado jajaj
Ese cartelito... “Asiento descartable.” Es impresionante lo que que hace la influencia del inglés. Porque “descartable” seguramente viene de “discard”, que no es exactamente lo mismo que “descartar”, sino más bien “desechar,” así que el asiento debería ser “desechable”!! Si fuera descartable ni siquiera lo usarían!! Pero esas cosas pasan en todas partes, supongo. A este lado de la cordillera también. Por ejemplo, aquí las cosas ya no son “portátiles” sino “portables” por influencia del inglés. Y más encima en inglés el cartelito dice “disposable.” Seguro que en unos años más las cosas en castellano van a ser “disposables.” jajaj
Amo los alfajores argentinos!! Igual que la mortadela!!
Gracias por compartir!
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