Review: LAN Chile A319, Santiago – Lima

Our return leg on LAN Chile from Santiago to Lima was without incident. Along with the Andes mountain ranges, the views departing Santiago International Airport were spectacular.

This post is one chapter in our trip to Peru and Chile via Air Canada Executive First (Business Class). This trip was booked using Air Canada e-upgrades to upgrade into Air Canada International Executive First class. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: LAN Chile Airbus 319, Santiago – Lima

On our return segment, we were SCL-LIM on LAN, then self-connecting to LIM-YYZ-YVR on AC. We were on our re-timed flight. The Santiago airport wasn’t super impressive. It seemed to leave less of an impression on me since the last time I went through there in 1998. I did find the stack of luggage in the domestic hall public side to be quite funny for some strange reason.

LAN Chile  
LA 530 – Economy Class (O)
SCL-LIM (Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez InternationalLima Jorge Chavez International Airpor
Sept 5, 2011
8:00 PM – 10:20 PM
Booked: Airbus 319 
Flown: Airbus 319 

The flight was fully booked. We did get on an earlier flight, but we weren’t assigned seats with the flight change so we ended up sitting completely apart. The flight was also quite warm for some reason.

We had some spectacular Andes views departing Santiago as the city cuddled the mountain on our climb to altitude. I enjoyed another ham sandwich and a thimbleful of wine, which was the same as on the way down.

I filled out the Peruvian Customs Card and wrote TRANSIT on the address staying. The Customs person on arrival did not like this and gave me a 4 day visit stay, which was different from the 90 days that I got when we were through here for the earlier part of our holiday. 

The last of our LAN Chile flights were to be without any major incident. It would end up being the last time that I’d fly with them for 6 years, until our Easter Island adventure in the year 2017.

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