LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby T_ROBO » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:00 pm

For the 787, I flew AA and felt very good about the environment condition: higher cabin pressure, more moisture in the air, warmer temperature. The only complaint is that seats in the coach section are really narrow and the seat level is raised when you recline (not good for short people). If you sit in the business section, it is good (another complaint is that they eliminated the first class section :-))

For LATAM, I flew for the first time a few days ago from Lima to Santiago. Got upgraded to first (Airbus 320) and the seat was comfortable (not the same as the first class private cubicle in the AA B777), and the food was good (they served quiche for breakfast, and it was a lot softer and creamier than the quiche served on AA flights).

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby john » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:39 pm

My wife and I had our first flight on a LATAM 787-8 (3-3-3 config.) this past week...we were in coach-class as it was a flight/hotel package deal. Cabin service was excellent as usual.

My observations:

- cabin interior space good
- limited overhead luggage space
- entertainment system good, albeit no remote
- not impressed with the dimming windows
- seats are very narrow
- arm rests do not lift up
- tray table design poor (no lip to prevent food tray from falling off)
- cup-holder design is very flimsy (which likely accounts for many missing rings)

Didn't experience too much seat discomfort (but we're small people). Fortunately, the flight from Santiago to Easter Island (and back) is under 5 hours duration...however, don't think I would enjoy an 8+ hours flight in coach-class.

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby papageno » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:45 pm

Mmm-hmm, right, try it for a nonstop of 13 hours, then let us know what you think.

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby Dosedmonkey » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:42 pm

papageno wrote:Mmm-hmm, right, try it for a nonstop of 13 hours, then let us know what you think.


Agreed horrible.

My wifes just used the new British Airways flight London Heathrow to Santiago direct. Over 14 hour 787 flight, but I imagine there seating will be better then LANs 787 cramp set up. Prefer the older LAN planes purely for the seating.

Anyone else flown this flight that started in new year?

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby Donnybrook » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:04 am

Dosedmonkey wrote:Anyone else flown this flight that started in new year?


I did the BA Lima to London and back in October, which started a bit before the Santiago/London and is a couple of hours shorter. I went Premium Economy and found it fine. Just knowing I didn't have to connect to London anywhere was great.

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby papageno » Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:39 pm

Resuming the thread: when making a one-way trip, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy a round trip and simply abandon the second half, rather than buy a true one way fare.
Has anyone tried this, and if so, did you get any hassles from the airline when booking subsequent flights on the same route?
(perhaps an alternative is to book the round trip, then postpone the return and eat the change fee?)

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby eeuunikkeiexpat » Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:13 pm

papageno wrote:Resuming the thread: when making a one-way trip, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy a round trip and simply abandon the second half, rather than buy a true one way fare.
Has anyone tried this, and if so, did you get any hassles from the airline when booking subsequent flights on the same route?
(perhaps an alternative is to book the round trip, then postpone the return and eat the change fee?)

Regarding communicating with the airline, "don't ask, don't tell". If it EVER does come up, you had a "change in plans"/"family emergency"/"dog ate computer"/"etc." If really paranoid, not using a frequent flyer number makes recognizing a pattern harder for them. And since they changed their FFP, it is pretty useless to accumulate Ks unless you really are a LATAM "frequent" flyer and/or someone else pays for your constant travel.
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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby papageno » Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:56 pm

Good suggestions. Too, since strategically timed travel on LATAM can be significantly cheaper than the competition, the upfront savings can outweigh the less advantageous FFplan vs., say, UA.

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby Dosedmonkey » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:38 am

So my British Airways experience.
Wife had a excess weight bag, her UK bank card got blocked being overseas in Chile, they said she couldn't pay cash for the extra weight, despite their website said they do have cash. The guy in the airport lied about what the website said, like we can't read... They were not willing to further help in Santiago.

Phoned up customer service up in UK. They said they couldn't modify her allowance on computer as in Santiago they had checked her in, just not her bag. And were surprised she could not pay in cash. They said they would refund us £100 after they had contacted Santiago. Have heard nothing back since over a week and a half now.

Having to send bag by LAN cargo as mother in law in Chile has it. But LAN says someone else cant send your personnel effects, even though officially in Chile you just have to travel with in 120days wither side, so LAN being a pain.

Just typical problematic scenarios over nothing! Not amused with BA staff in Santiago though, other places in world they'd just give you the excess for free being a premium airline.....

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby Dosedmonkey » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:41 am

papageno wrote:Resuming the thread: when making a one-way trip, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy a round trip and simply abandon the second half, rather than buy a true one way fare.
Has anyone tried this, and if so, did you get any hassles from the airline when booking subsequent flights on the same route?
(perhaps an alternative is to book the round trip, then postpone the return and eat the change fee?)


Done this a fair bit, a return is often much cheaper then a single.

People miss flights all the time and you can technically have a legal right to claim the airport tax back from your missed leg, as the airline does not get charged this if you don't fly. But never bothered with that myself.

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby bazzasoft » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:10 pm

I've been checking out the flights from London to Santiago in preparation for our next foray. The direct flight with the BA Dreamliner is certainly about 4 hours quicker than the old route with TAM and a stopover in Sao Paulo BUT you can only bring one suitcase but if you go the old route you can take two. The extra 4 hours is a pain and Sao Paulo a real headache but the extra suitcase might swing your choice. :o
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