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Snap Report: Aerolineas Argentinas Economy Class Review – MDZ-EZE

Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ) – Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)

 

STD: 8:40 AM  ATD: 9:16 AM GMT-3
STA: 10:09 AM ATA: 10:34 AM GMT-3

 

Flight Number: AR 2541
Aircraft:
 Embraer ERJ 190, LV-CIH
Flight Date: November 20, 2017
Seat: 6D
Class of Service: Economy
Seat Pitch: 32 inches
Seat Width: 18 inches
Meals: Beverage service and snack during flight
In-Seat Outlets: USB ports
WiFi: No
IFE: Yes, Personal TVs

Introduction

 

After three days of basking in the Mendoza sun, Malbec pulsing through our veins instead of blood, we were on our way to Buenos Aires for the last leg of our trip. 

Check In & Boarding

As we pulled up to the airport, I noticed a tiny vineyard growing right by the main entrance – they are clearly very serious about their wine here! The airport, however, is not to be mistaken for a winery, and if you’re not sure, the large “MDZ” sign should help.

We had checked in online, so we skipped the check in counter, which wasn’t terribly busy when we arrived. The line to get through security, however, was another story. We arrived about two hours early, which was more than enough time to get through, so I didn’t mind the wait. Once we cleared security, we made our way to the VIP Aeropuertos lounge to pass the time.

If you don’t have access to the lounge the terminal had a few dining options, with plenty of seating (and outlets to plug into!).

We left the lounge 30 minutes before boarding, but found that our flight wasn’t ready for boarding. There were no announcements about the delay, but they began boarding about 20 minutes late.

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The Flight

We boarded via jet bridge and entered the plane. Economy class is set up in a 2-2 configuration on this Embraer 190, which is standard, as is the seat width and pitch of 32 and 18 inches, respectively.

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The seats were regular leather economy class seats, not too cushy, not too stiff.

Aerolineas Argentinas MDZ-EZE

 

As with our previous domestic Aerolineas Argentinas flight, the seats came equipped with personal TVs with a USB port, standard seatback pocket, a dual headphone jack (so you’ll have to use the airline-provided headphones), and a manual recline button.

Unlike our previous flight, we were served a snack – a cereal bar and a bag of mixed nuts. Snacks were brought out shortly before the beverage service, about 30 minutes into the flight.

Aerolineas Argentinas MDZ-EZE

As I snacked on the cereal bar, I sifted through the in-flight entertainment, which ended up being the same offerings as they’ve been on all our domestic Aerolineas Argentinas flights on this trip. I can’t really complain, after all, this is only a 1.5 hour trip and some carriers don’t even have PTVs at each seat on such short flights. This time, I opted to watch an episode of Last Man on Earth.

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After the meal service, I popped over the the lavatory. It was just your economy cabin lavatory, and was moderately clean (though could have used a bit of freshening up). No amenities here, just your basic hand soap at the sink.

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Landing

Despite our delayed pushback, the pilot announced that we were approaching Buenos Aires at about 10:10. We were on the ground by 10:34, deplaning via mobile stairway. The passengers loaded up  onto a bus and made our way over to the terminal

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The Takeaway

A pretty standard flight for 1.5 hours. I was pleased that they served snacks on this flight, particularly because I was starving (for no real reason – I had something to eat before I boarded). Aerolineas Argentinas is known for their extreme delays, so I’ll take the 20 minute setback as a win.

Check in & Boarding:  7/10 – Easy online check in process, but points off for no announcement about the delay.
Food: 7/10 – Nothing exciting, but props for serving anything at all! 
Seat: 7/10 – Your standard economy cabin seat for a narrow body plane.
Crew:  8/10– Friendly and were quick to provide service.
Flight Experience: 8/10 – A solid domestic flight, really hard to go wrong here.
Overall: 37/50 (74%) ★★★★★

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