I’m not sure I know how I feel about this flight to be honest. It arrives in Buenos Aires at a terribly inconvenient time – scheduled to get in at around 4:30 AM! We had an 8 AM flight to catch to Iguazu, so the early arrival didn’t impact us too much, but American Airlines and United both offer nonstop flights from JFK that leave around 10PM and get in at around 11 AM – a much better time to get in.
In terms of flight quality, I’d give this a middle of the road rating. Food was better than expected, but the seats were worse than I’d hoped for. That being said, Aerolineas Argentinas is notorious for its flight delays, and while I wasn’t expecting anything too terrible on such a long haul flight out of a major airport, I was pretty thrilled that there weren’t any major hiccups along the way.
Would I fly them again? Well, I wouldn’t go out of my way to again, but I will admit in terms of pricing, they offer the cheapest nonstop option out there (the other two charge almost double), so that’s pretty hard to beat. I’d be more inclined to fly them if the arrival time into Buenos Aires wasn’t so inconvenient, but I suppose convenience comes with a hefty price tag.
Check in & Boarding: 9/10 – Easy and quick, though nothing spectacular.
Food: 7/10 – Better than expected! The beef was pretty good, though wasn’t tender enough to be able to slice through with a table knife. Side dishes were a little on the underwhelming side (I’m talking about you, dinner salad), but could have been worse. Being served almost frozen olive oil was admittedly annoying.
Seat: 6/10 – Old (spotted some of the leather peeling off the back side of the seat), with crumbs lodged in nooks. Seat was not terribly comfortable either.
Crew: 8/10– Prompt and polite, though I wouldn’t say they went the extra mile to provide exemplary service.
Flight Experience: 7/10 – The seat really took points away from the overall experience here (plus a super basic lavatory), but since I’ve heard chatter of times AR flights are extremely delayed or worse – cancelled – for no real reason, I’m just glad we made it in the air.
Overall: 37/50 (74%) ★★★★★
Founded in 1949, Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) is Argentina's flag carrier and largest airline. It is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance. The airline flies to more than 35 domestic destinations, including Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) and Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), which are hubs. International destinations include countries across South America, as well as countries in the Caribbean, North America and Europe. It also has codeshare agreements with eight other airlines. Aerolineas Argentinas' fleet consists of 53 aircraft configured with two cabins: Economy Class and Club Condor (Business Class) or Club Economy (Premium Economy Class).
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