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 ryanar » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:02 pm

My 2c, covering the last 6 months...

I'm 195cm, 105kg

Qantas A380 - LAX to Melbourne : Comfortable enough seats in economy with reasonable legroom. Managed to get a couple of hours sleep, which is unusual for me.

Copa 737 : LAX to Santiago (and return) : Surprisingly comfortable. Good leg room!

Qantas 747 : Sydney to Santiago : Reasonably comfortable, but definitely less so than the A380. Maybe only an hours sleep.

LAN 787 : Sydney - Auckland - Santiago (and return) : Uncomfortable. Knees impacting the seat in front whilst upright and it only gets worse when one/both of us reclined. No sleep whatsoever.

All Economy class of course!

So, unless you are hobbit-sized, you're in for an uncomfortable trip on the LAN Awakeliner... Agree with T_ROBO too, that it's LAN who set the final seating configuration - your average short-arse Chilean doesn't need that much room, so they set the seats closer together, hence eventually, you'll eventually have seats spaced between the windows.

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

Postby papageno » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:35 pm

Tell us more about your experience on COPA. I've never tried them, simply because the SeatGuru chart led me to believe it'd be much too cramped, unless one lucked out and got an exit row seat.

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

Postby ryanar » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:58 pm

We flew with COPA as part of a (relatively) cheap-but-long way of getting to Chile from Australia. LAX-SCL and return. Had an 8(?) hour stopover in Panama on the way down, which suited us fine as we took the opportunity to escape the airport for an adventure around the city.

The COPA experience was mostly fine, although it must be kept in mind that we had low expectations. The plane wasn't new, but was new enough. Because of my size, I'll never consider seating in economy to be spacious, but COPA's was reasonable - I'd expected to be squeezed. The food was not memorable, either in a positive or negative sense. They ran pretty much to schedule. Arrival time into Santiago was 3AM or some other ungodly hour.

The negative aspect that comes to mind is the fairly slack cabin crew.

I'd fly with them again.

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

Postby papageno » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:22 pm

Interesting. At times, Copa is all United offers as a codeshare miles flight on some routes, so it could be an alternative to LAN.

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

Postby Billhere » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:37 pm

One of the major tour operators in the UK has nine Dreamliners, and very comfortable they are too.

We have been on them twice, UK to Florida each time. I am average height, 5ft 10 inch, sufficient room for me, but if you want real legroom go for the seats by the emergency exit. Extra room plus, almost room to lay out on the floor.

Comfortable too, popular with the crews they tell me. Cruising at 43000 ft both ways across the Atlantic. I like them.

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

Postby Britkid » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:22 pm

To follow up on the discussion from page 6 about the direct flight between UK and Chile, British Airways is currently doing a sale (runs until midnight July 12th) and right now you can get return flights from UK to Chile for about £500 (and I was really able to get this price trying a few dates in January or February). It was more like twice that a while ago. That is the best deal I have seen on a flight from UK to Chile since...well, ever.

Unfortunately, from Chile to UK doesn't seem to be covered in the offer, as I couldn't see a price anywhere near the above after trying a few dates.
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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby papageno » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:03 pm

I'm in the middle of a two week stay in Puerto Varas. The flight from the U.S. was on a United 767-300, in Economy Plus. Enough legroom, but really would have been better to run back to the hold and grab a center section three--across, lie down and defend it at all costs. Like on other occasions (light load).

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

Postby Dosedmonkey » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:35 pm

Britkid wrote:To follow up on the discussion from page 6 about the direct flight between UK and Chile, British Airways is currently doing a sale (runs until midnight July 12th) and right now you can get return flights from UK to Chile for about £500 (and I was really able to get this price trying a few dates in January or February). It was more like twice that a while ago. That is the best deal I have seen on a flight from UK to Chile since...well, ever.

Unfortunately, from Chile to UK doesn't seem to be covered in the offer, as I couldn't see a price anywhere near the above after trying a few dates.


I wonder if that will pernamently be cheaper...

Currently £700 return flight, using air france or air italia in only two weeks in advance.

Via USA cheaper, but can be visa implications for south americans. And takes a lot longer.

Always book returns, they are cheaper.

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

Postby Billhere » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:01 am

My wife, just in Chile since Friday, travels twice a year, if we can afford it. We use a variety of routes and airlines, although she refuses to travel by Iberia.

Delta via Atlanta is always about £870, and has the advantage (?) of a twelve hour layover there from 0530 to 1630 on the return trip, so there is the opportunity to get out into the city for a bit of shopping. The advantage of going via the states is that there is a 60kg luggage allowance.

Via Europe you get the standard 23kgs of luggage. She went by Air France this time, £640 return, not only about the best price when we booked it about three months ago, but because she is escorting a young girl who is coming to stay with us for a month in July. She will be returning on the same route because Air France have a reasonable priced 'young traveller' scheme. However, her ticket cost nearly double my wifes. We have noticed that buying the ticket from Chile to the UK is usually considerably more.

We use ebookers who will sell you tickets from any place to any place at discounted prices, or Expedia.com . If you want really dirt cheap prices, and are prepared to put up with the possible inconvenience of a long trip with extended layovers then these prople are good https://www.skyscanner.net/ Also if you are flexible with dates as they offer a full month view and show the prices so you can pick accordingly.

We went to Chile last November, four of us, for less than £500 each with BA and LAN.

Pays to spend the time trawling the net to get the best deals.

As pensioners we have the time to grab the last minute prices, we did seven nights in a Disney resort in Orlando a month ago, with flight and car hire, just over £600 each, a discount of £500 each on the same trip a week later. Keep a suitacase packed, and the car engine running. Mexico from the UK £230 return at last minute prices!

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

Postby Britkid » Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:39 pm

£500 flight return from London direct to Chile buy now for early next year. That is a serious deal. I reckon prices will go up after that. I would take it now if possible.
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Re: LAN Will Have First Dreamliner Flights Into South America Starting July 2015

Postby papageno » Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:48 pm

--And now United is switching to 787's for the Houston/Santiago run. Bloody Hell. ..

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

Postby Space Cat » Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:22 am

papageno wrote:--And now United is switching to 787's for the Houston/Santiago run. Bloody Hell. ..

What's up with 787's? We went via Houston and back a month ago and I didn't spot anything bad on United flights except for their boring sweet food.


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