Greetings from Easter Island, where I’ve finally to managed to find landline internet speeds slower than in-flight wifi. I can’t even check the speed on my phone because the latency test fails. The hotel has fantastic internet – a whooping 0.4 mbps download. But I digress. It’s all about the Moai, right?
I took LAN’s 787 from Santiago to Easter Island. This was the first time I’ve flown LAN, which I’ve heard good things about. However, I had quite an interesting experience.
The hard product was great, as these planes also do long-haul flights internationally. LAN has fully-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, similar to Turkish or Hainan. While not industry-leading, these seats work quite well for if you’re flying with a friend.
While not expected, there was the same bedding as on international flights, which was nice compared to a light day blanket.
Amenity kits were also given out. They were literally the same quality as a hotel laundry bag, but still, better than nothing.
Unfortunately, the cabin crew operating the flight wasn’t the best. Besides the meal service, they passed through exactly once during the flight, passing out water bottles. Otherwise, they darkened the entire cabin and chatted with themselves in the galley.
However, what was most odd about the flight was the catering. The entire meal service was on a tray, with no hot food items. The following picture was all that was served on a five and a half flight spanning over breakfast and lunch.
It literally reminded me of the snack that Lufthansa serves on their one/two hour flights.
On top of that, they don’t even have a lounge for domestic business passengers. The Priority Pass lounge that I had access to with my American Express Platinum Card was literally not worth entering, and had literally the same cold cuts and bread items as on the flight.
The lounge also accepted premium Latin American credit cards, so I found it funny that fairly well to-do passengers (as opposed to anyone in North American and their dog that can a get Platinum Card) were so excited about entering the lounge.
Man, this flight was odd, because of the contrasts. Honestly though, I’d take a domestic First United flight with wifi over this, as long as they didn’t drag people off. I guess the monopoly on this route lets them do literally anything they want short of crashing the plane. 😉
But as for the word online that LAN is miles better than United/Delta/American to North America, I’m not completely sure about that. I’m flying LAN a few more times, so I guess I’ll see how those flights fare.
What has your experience been with LAN?