Hello, Flight Reporters. Some of you may find this flight report interesting, since it shows a domestic Argentine route quite exotic, in a (non Argentine) commercial aviation site: CRD (Comodoro Rivadavia)-AEP (Buenos Aires/Aeroparque). Comodoro Rivadavia is the second largest city in the Patagonia region and my current city. I know most of you are avid travelers, so I don't need to explain much about this vast, fascinating and mostly uninhabited Argentine territory: Patagonia. Comodoro (as locals call this city) is famous in my country for its petroleum industry. Once a month I fly from Comodoro to Buenos Aires to do my work and I usually have the chance to go clubbing or to an electronic music festival, like in this case. If you had read my previous flight reports, you know I love techno music but not as much as flying ;)
Well, let's go flying. This is the Comodoro Rivadavia's airport: General Enrique Mosconi (CRD), from the parking lot.
I had my boarding pass printed at home, so I passed through security to the boarding room in 5 minutes. And I found the Aerolíneas Argentinas B737-800 LV-CTB wearing the new livery. I really like the design.
The eastern side of Patagonia is a very deserted land, full of plateaus, as you can see.
Seats near the gate. OK, it's not Changi… Blame the private airport operator: Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A.
Where is the Aerolíneas condor in the fin?
The rather long B738 from the jetway
You can note the tight seat pitch, and I'm not tall at all… Can you spot a Lufthansa's crane? ;)
In Aerolíneas Argentinas flights there is a second magazine, as boring as Alta, called Cielos Argentinos (Argentine Skyes)…
No music on AR B738s…
Bye, CRD. See you on Monday.
A really busy morning for spotters at CRD…
Cleared for take off
The CRD airport terminal
The Argentine Sea
Hundreds of abandoned oil wells…
The long National Route 3, from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world)
No comments about this pic…
Half hour after take off, crew delivered the meal boxes… It's interesting from a collector point of view, that stamp with a Short S.25 Sandringham, operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas in the 1950's
This is not real food… OK, it's a so called snack. By the way, I just tried the mousse.
Puerto Madryn, 400km from Comodoro.
PMY: Puerto Madryn airport
The Patagonia's sky is specially blue…
Cabin crew and a sleepy passenger. The flight was smooth and uneventful. One of the cabin crew asked a kid who was seating in 21E if he wanted to visit the cockpit during the flight… Of course the boy agreed with that and so his father did…
My black tea.
Starting the approach, on a cloudy Buenos Aires…
The San Isidro Hipódromo (racecourse)
At this moment something weird happened… A guy who was seating in 21D (my seat was 21A) told me something like: hey, turn off your camera, it's forbidden… I was really surprised and I didn't want to argue. I just replied: Don't worry, it's a camera, not a mobile phone. You should know that the FAA recently eliminated the electronic devices restriction…Also you should know that visiting the cockpit during flight is forbidden…
De la Plata River
Almost there… Costanera Avenue.
The Pampa's region fertile soil (compare with CRD soil…)
Aeroparque terminal and Aerolíneas/ Austral aircraft
We parked next to an Aerolíneas Skyteam B73G
Tourist bonus. The Palace of Justice seen from my room.
Saturday night I went to Ultra Music Festival at former Parque de la Ciudad, where you can find the tallest tower of Argentina: Torre Espacial.
Nicolas Jaar, the talented American/Chilean DJ, producer and composer was playing live his cutting edge electronic music.
If you are interested in his music, watch this video from last Saturday. One of those shaking heads was mine :P
I hope you enjoyed this Argentine flight report. Thanks for reading…
Comodoro Rivadavia - CRD
Buenos Aires - AEP
Aerolíneas has improved its on time performance in domestic flights. AR cabin crews are rather cold, but efficient. The meal was normal for a 21st century domestic flight... Only 2 magazines as IFE were normal in the beginning of the 20th century... Aeroparque, Buenos Aires domestic and regional airport is perfectly located. You can reach downtown in 30 minutes by taxi.
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