Review of Aerolineas Argentinas flight Ushuaia Buenos Aires in Economy

Flight AR 1857
Class Economy
Seat 22H
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 03:25
Take-off 17 Mar 14, 14:45
Arrival at 17 Mar 14, 18:10
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maffre
By 6506
Published on 28th March 2014
Welcome onboard my 4th FR.

Today I bring you a flight that family and work issues have made at least about 80 times.

AR and LAN are unique airline with regular flights to Ushuaia. AR has around 6 flights a day and just LAN 2.

Ticket cost me $3500 or USD411.

It is a 3 hours flight. Its the longest flight in Argentina and the only flying with A340/A330 (in addition to 737, 738 and E190). Formerly this was the route they made the MD-88 of Austral Lineas Aereas.

The reason why AR use an intercontinental range aircraft for regional flights is because they use their warehouses for loading goods for local industries. Ushuaia is at 3100km of Buenos Aires. In fact, on average this aircraft fly in 60% of their occupation.

Ushuaia International Airport Malvinas Argentinas is located in the Ushuaia Peninsula. Has one of the most beautiful approaches I've seen over the Beagle Channel.

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Is located just 1 km from the border with Chile.
In takeoff a heavy turn right is made to not enter the Chilean airspace.

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i live about 5km from the airport. I can actually see the runway from my house :D!.
Some pictures driving to the airport: A LAN A320 take off RWY 25.

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Ushuaia Intl Airport Malvinas Argentinas.
A Latin American magazine named one of the 15 most beautiful airports in America a few years ago.
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Before doing the checkin, I stay outside to spot some flights.

AR 737-7 Heading El Calafate FTE with old livery.
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Beautifuls AR 738s from SABE.
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A brand new Austral E190 heading SABE.
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AR A332 from EZE.
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Pre departure waiting Area. Look at the wooden architecture!



Boarding 45 minutes late….


2-4-2 Configuration.



The little IFE
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Pitch
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Safety Cards.
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Another 738 from SABE.
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Aerolineas Argentinas Magazines

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Pushback and Taxi tu runway 25.



Takeoff. See the Navarino Island (Chile)
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an hour after takeoff. a lunch was served.
AR has these boxes with these collectible stamps. have all the historical fleet of ar.


I order a coke and a coffee. one near my passenger asked the FA if he could repeat the snack. The FA answer: there is only one per passenger!!!! when in fact i ordered on other flights on more than one occasion without any problem.



AR Fleet
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AR Destinations


Toilets
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Near Buenos Aires
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Landing at EZE. Whatch the video too!





Delta A330
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LAN 763
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25 minutes in the same position waiting for the bus inside the aircraft.
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Last

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Verdict

Aerolineas Argentinas

6.0/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew5.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering6.0

Ushuaia - USH

7.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.5
Services6.0
Cleanliness6.5

Buenos Aires - EZE

7.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

The flight was good and also the snack. delay in AR is constant on all flights. I'm so used to never take a flight on time.

Economy classis good for three hours flights but this same plane fly to Miami, Barcelona and Rome!

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18 Comments

  • Comment 103910 by
    Bargi62 SILVER 2906 Comments

    very nice spotting from USH.
    thanks for this FR.

  • Comment 103924 by
    mynameismud 862 Comments

    As stated by Saraoutou the cabin is indeed quite familiar: i miss those seats which are much more comfortable than the one we have in AF 777's, but i do not miss the IFE which is so tiny !
    Thanks for this report and for the nice views from your house :)

  • Comment 103926 by
    jetsetpanda 2296 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful report with great spotting.

    Nice to fly a widebody on a domestic flight.

  • Comment 103934 by
    lagentsecret SILVER 10554 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    Gorgeous pictures at USH airport

    A343 is a nice aircraft

  • Comment 103936 by
    kelval 122 Comments

    Thanks for this FR!
    I noticed the (Arg) right close to Islas Malvinas.
    I guess territorial conflicts are everywhere, even on the onboard magazines.

    • Comment 290976 by
      maffre AUTHOR 14 Comments

      Thanks Kelval. even in all our maps Islas Malvinas include Arg tag.

      For me and for all Argentine people the islands are argentine territory.

      is a very sensitive issue ....

    • Comment 290984 by
      marathon GOLD 9489 Comments

      I am not surprised by the territorial claims on the maps of the in-flight magazine. Likewise, all Chinese in-flight magazines claim that Taiwan and the South China sea is part of Mainland China, and it is an equally sensitive issue.

    • Comment 290985 by
      kelval 122 Comments

      Maffre: well yes. I actually knew, but tend to forget. Being reminded through an in flight magazine is somewhat surprising.
      Marathon: I didn't know that China still claims Taiwan, but I'm not the least surprised, seeing the last few years's tensions around the whole China Sea (even around Malaysia, Vietnam etc).

    • Comment 290987 by
      marathon GOLD 9489 Comments

      @kelval : China has land and sea territorial claims against a record eleven neighboring countries. In Mainland China, publishing a map which omits part of the national territory (i.e. not including all these claims) can be fined up to 100,000 CNY (16,000 USD)... even if these claimed territories are irrelevant to the purpose of the map, like tiny islands or mountainous areas where there will never be an airport.

  • Comment 103955 by
    marathon GOLD 9489 Comments

    Thanks for the didactic introduction (I guess you mean that there is a heavy turn right in landings, not take-offs), which is very helpful to understand the ensuing gorgeous pictures.
    Glued laminated timber allows spectacular and beautiful architectures.
    The FA could have refused giving a second snack in a more polite way.
    It is great to have a contributor in such a remote location, thanks for this report and looking forward to future ones !

  • Comment 103967 by
    maffre AUTHOR 14 Comments

    thank you all for the nice words :)!

  • Comment 103969 by
    Chibcha 425 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR, I think it's awesome to fly widebodies on domestic flights, we used to have AV runs between BOG-MDE and CLO on their A332s but now that's not possible.
    The cabin tells off who was the previous owner of the plane, not a tough job for people in FR.com though! The seat pitch looks a bit tight, I was really impressed how much the seat reclines, the woman behind almost couldn't fit her glass!

    I don't understand why planes avoid Chile...in Colombia as far as I know, planes don't avoid entering neighbors airspace in border airports, and neighbor planes also enter into Colombia.

  • Comment 104440 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4904 Comments

    Wow, awesome report! BEAUTIFUL planespotting in such an exotic setting!!! I really like Aerolíneas' new livery...too bad the interiors are still as tired looking. Although, the seats do look comfortable. Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment 104837 by
    CDG Addict 1661 Comments

    Thanks for this good report.

  • Comment 352114 by
    nicander24 16 Comments

    Hey, great report! I especially like the A340 picture with the mountain backdrop.

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