REVIEW: LATAM flight 2419 Rio to Lima
Series: Honeymoon - South America
- Trip Report – Introduction: Honeymoon – I go to Rio
- Four Seasons – You did it again!
- Four Seasons Sydney – Presidential Suite (thank you very much!)
- Four Seasons Sydney – Club 32 and other amenities
- Review: Qantas Business Class 747-400 Sydney to Santiago
- Review: LATAM 787-9 Business Class, Santiago to Buenos Aires
- Review: Hotel Palo Santo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Food: Eating in Buenos Aires
- Review: LATAM A320 Economy, LA 7504 – Buenos Aires to Iguazú
- Review: Gran Melia Iguazú Falls Hotel
- Review: LATAM flight Iguazu to Rio
- Review: Sol Ipanema Hotel
- REVIEW: Admirals Club Rio Airport
- REVIEW: LATAM flight 2419 Rio to Lima
- REVIEW: Cost Del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel, Jorge Chavez International Airport, Lima, Peru
Flight: LA 2417
Route: Rio de Janeiro (GIG) – Lima, Peru (LIM)
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2020
Depart: 6:55 PM
Arrive: 10:45 PM
Duration: 5 hr 50 min
Aircraft: Airbus 319
Seat: 7 B & C (Economy Class)
Cost: part of a multidestination ticket AU$2,105 (destinations include: IGU-GIG-LIM-CUZ-LIM-UIO-LIM).
Content of this Post:
Now, I have to be honest with you. This is going to be a sketchy review. The reason is that this was one of those ‘nether days’ in travel. It was kind of an enforced break in a so-far hectic trip. We only had one thing to do, and that was travel in the afternoon between Rio and Lima, Peru on a flight a little under 6 hours, and then spend the night in a fairly anonymous airport hotel. It was one of those days where we seemingly did nothing, but it was very exhausting.
The consequence is that I kind of zoned out on the flight, dozing for most of it. Hence my notes are sketchy verging on the non-existent, and I forgot to get photographs of the meal, or indeed much of anything.
Bearing that in mind, here goes.
At the Airport
We had spent about 1.5 hours in the AA Admirals Lounge at the airport, one of the nicest ‘American’ lounges I have visited. About 30 minutes before our flight, we headed down to the gate, at the extension to Terminal 2.
Boarding was efficient. Is it just me, but do South American flight staff just look more gorgeous than most?
A bit of plane-porn outside out window, with this Lufthansa B747 next door.
LATAM and affiliates seem to run a large fleet of A319’s, as this was the most common plane type on all our internal South American flights.
Here are our seats, and we were lucky enough to have the row to ourselves. Note that there is no screen back entertainment.
These were pretty no-nonsense leather covered economy seats. Blankets were provided, along with in-flight magazine.
LATAM runs two layouts in its A319s, one with Premium Economy (middle seat blocked) in the first three rows and Economy. In Premium, the seat pitch is 34, with 20 inch width. The seat pitch in Economy is 30 inches, with an 18 inch seat width. In the alternate layout, there are Premium Economy, LATAM+ and Economy seats, all have 29 inch pitch, and 18 inch seat width, although pitch can edge closer to 30 inch in Premium.
This aircraft was in the two class configuration.
Pillows and blankets were provided, which I needed on this 5 hour plus flight.
The cabin hardly even has a galley at the front of the plane, given that it only has partial bulkheads.
We got that weird condensation once the air conditioning started up. I associate this with the humidity of tropical Asia, but I suppose it can happen anywhere given the right conditions.
Not a lot to speak of. No alcohol, which was a surprise. We were exhausted given our ‘transit’ day, so dozed for most of the flight. I know this will sound snobbish, but normally, we would book business class for anything longer than about 3 hours. When we looked into this for the flight, we couldn’t really justify the increased cost of Premium Economy over ordinary Economy, and there was not a lot of apparent service difference, so I am glad we stuck with economy.
I include the above shot, in case you want to know how to write ‘fasten your seat belt while seated’ or ‘Life vest under your seat in Spanish.
Amenites were pretty basic. Toilet facilities, a bit ageing, but kept perfectly clean, and up to their task.
That plastic faux granite bench top and sink material never looks clean, and never looks real. Airbus, you need to re-imagine this.
We arrived on time, but were not met by our guide at the Airport. We waited in arrivals for a while, but given that we could see the hotel across the road, and signage on how to get there, we headed over there ourselves. It turned out we had missed Antonio at the airport. We caught up with him later at the bar of the Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel.
The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.
It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.
This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.
Not my favourite flight of our trip. Nearly 6 hours in economy is long for me these days. Fortunately, it was an early evening flight, so dozing was the best option. The flight was comfortable, although no alcoholic beverages was a surprise on such a long flight.
As I said this was a netherworld travel day – we felt like we where nowhere, but on the way to somewhere else.
Next morning, we would be off to one of the highlights of our trip – Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu!
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