Hello, everyone. It's been a long time since my last FR. I originally planned this trip to Rome FCO in June, although I had to postpone it to July, due to my Argentine-Japanese love ;) Honestly, Aerolíneas Argentinas would be my last choice traveling to Europe, but I had an open ticket with that airline and the Flight Report database needed an AR's long haul Flight Report. Also when you are in love you tend to be less picky about airlines… lol
I expected to get an upgrade to Club Condor (AR's business class), with the Aerolíneas Plus Platinum membership and there were no more seats available in that class… Too bad, because I knew the AR's ancient IFE equipping the A340 fleet
That afternoon, check in and security were smooth. Then I moved to the new American Express Centurion Lounge. Very good design.
Clean and modern restroom in the Amex Lounge
The new Ezeiza Airport Terminal B. I don't know why, that orange ceiling reminds me Aeroflot…
Remember the Brazil's World Cup? This ad was obviously funny before their semifinal against Germany. It says: Dance like one of us…. What a pity Brazilian friends… lol
Boarding started with Sky Priority passengers + children under 3 years and their parents.
My plane, a former Iberia A340-300… What should I expect? Nothing extraordinary in terms of comfort…
Once onboard I discovered the old Iberia seats.
The cabin was surprisingly very well preserved
The seat pitch was very good for my height. I have to admit the seat was one of the most comfortable I've ever tried in long haul Economy class. You know, there was a time in the 80s and 90s when Eco seats were designed with human beings in mind…
Aerolineas Logo (condor) on the pillow
Aerolineas advanced IFE for the next 14 hours… God, help me… lol
Alta, the Aerolíneas Argentinas magazine. It says: Together with the national team. Yes, our football players were so close…
A Turkish Airlines A340-300, ready for flying to Sao Paulo (GRU) and Istambul (IST)
Qatar Airlines B777-200LR. Sorry for the blurry pic
After a rejected take off (the captain mentioned a false alarm), we took off a few minutes later
The boring Noah movie was played on the main CRT screens, or better, tubes… lol
Lights on, before meal service
An hour later, dinner was served.The cabin crew was diverse. Some of them were very professional and nice. Some were… well the opposite…
I chose the grilled pork beef. The other option was lasagna. It was ok. The wheat salad was tasteless. The chocolate and banana tiny cake was nice
The printed menu was a nice and luxurious detail (In Economy), from the Aerolineas mediocre catering service
After finishing the meal, I was ready to explore the advanced IFE… 12 music channels. I just listened to Michael Jackson's Xscape new album and Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits.
There was a time, in the 20th century, that smoking was allowed during flight. This blocked ashtray is a living proof
This cabin picture showing the old CRT TVs could have been taken 20 years ago…
A visit to the well maintained lavatory
After the second film ended, electronic noise was displayed for almost half an hour as part of the cutting edge IFE programming…lol
Then, I slept aprox. 6 hours. I have to admit again, the seat was very comfy. On the other hand, no moving map. I calculated we were flying over Africa, according to my watch…
Dedicated to the winglets fans
Dedicated to the fuel dump nozzles and CFM56's fans… lol
An hour before landing, breakfast was served. Mini focaccia (bread), banana, muffin, yogurth, butter and dulce de leche. Decent. It could have been worse.
Interesting aerial view
Does anyone know this airport?
Idyllic Mediterranean islands
We started approach to the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO)
Italy is stunning in summer, certainly.
I'm pretty sure we didn't dumped fuel this time, but…
Almost 14 hours later, we landed in Rome. The longest Aerolineas Argentinas route
In my opinion the AR's winglets are among the best designed
Royal Air Maroc's B737-800
Finally, our plane parked
And the cargo door was unlatched
After disembarking through a jetway, I spotted this FCO airport ad in Japanese… ;)
Baggage claim area screen. After getting my bag, I went to a hotel in the Fiumicino town to rest, until next day when I had a flight to Berlin, my final destination and next FR. I hope you enjoyed reading. Comments and questions are welcome.
Tourism bonus. Fiumicino is a very nice and relaxed town.
American Express Club Centurion
Buenos Aires - EZE
Rome - FCO
The American Express Centurion Lounge is small but very well designed. The food offer was very limited. Sandwiches and pastry.
A rather good flight. I expected something much worse from Aerolíneas. At Air China's standards… lol
The Sicma old Economy seats are very comfortable. Also the A340 2-4-2 seat configuration. Only beatable by the B787s 2-4-4 Economy config. only seen in ANA and JAL.
Tha cabin crew was diverse. Some of them were nice and professional. And some of them were the opposite… Typical in Aerolineas Argentinas.
The Ezeiza Airport new Terminal B is a huge improvement. And the immigration agents at FCO are among the nicest.
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