23 October 2011
Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires (AEP)
Carrier: Aerolineas Argentinas
Flight Number: AR1257 Departing 2035
Duration 3:15 mins
Class: Y – Economy
Aircraft type: B737-700 / Two class configuration 12 Business and 116 economy
I had heard the traffic out to Rio’s GIG Airport from Copacabana can be delayed by traffic jams so I left my hotel early. As it turned out Sunday’s aren’t busy and I arrived before the check-in desk was open.
Exactly 3 hours prior the desk opened. As I was 3rd in the queue there was no wait and the friendly Aerolineas Argentinas check-in agent had me processed in moments.
My journey today was going to be a long one. RIO to BUE (AEP airport) then transfer across town to BUE (EZE airport) for my flight to SYD.
My bag was only checked to AEP but I was given seat allocation & boarding passes on both services. Frequent travellers received 40-135 points on this sector depending on the fare type. Join and check points online www.aerolineas.com
On time performance:
The flight was delayed leaving Buenos Aires by approximately 45 minutes.
This aircraft was one of Aerolineas’ newer aircraft. The 737-700 was no more than two years old and was in excellent condition.
Meal & Snack service:
A late evening snack was served approximately 40 minutes after departure in a colourful presentation box. Ham & Cheese roll, Chocolate & Caramel biscuit, Butter toffee sweet and a choice of refreshments including coffee/tea, water, juices and soft drinks. (No alcohol was served)
Aerolineas have two inflight magazines. Cielos Argenintas; a general interest magazine and ALTA; the airlines official inflight monthly. There was no in-seat LCD TV screens and no drop down TV’s.
The crew were friendly, smiling and seemed to go the extra mile to ensure passengers had a good flight.
I had asked for an aisle seat but on boarding found I had been given a window. I’m not sure if it was my lack of Portuguese but I assume the check-in agent knows the difference between and aisle and window? Luckily it wasn’t a full flight and I was able to move to an empty row at the rear.
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How to book:
Contact Globe Travel – The Brazilian Travel Centre
Phone: 1300 132 636 (Within Australia)
+61 3 9077 2933
Web: www.braziliantravelcentre.com.au or www.globetravel.com.au
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M