My complete trip is MIA - BOG and then BOG - MDE - BOG and returning BOG - MIA all in business class (“Clase Ejecutiva”).

 

This report starts with MIA-BOG, which happened yesterday.

 

I book the 4:00PM flight. Haven't used LAN in my recent trips to Bogota, I was really tired of the 3:00AM at the airport part; it was a good decision.

 

 

AVIANCA AIRLINES

Boeing 767-200

Registration: N985AN

Business Class

Miami - Bogota

February 2008

Load Factor: Aprox: 95%

Load Factor J: Aprox 95% (only one seat available)

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Arriving at MIA around 2:00PM:

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AV counters were full due to several flights to Colombia besides mine.

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Thank God for Business Class line: ;)

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After checking in really quickly, straight to the Club America to charge the computer and have a snack:

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Airlines who use this VIP Room:

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The lady at Avianca's desk told me that they are currently building a new VIP room after security in the J Concourse, which is ideal....My snack and my drink:

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View of the boring room:

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After charging my computer and finishing my drink, I went straight to security which had a express lane for business class passengers and I arrive at my gate J18:

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Other flights on gates around:

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Caribbean Airlines to Port of Prince:

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Views of the ramp:

 

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The nice concourse J:

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TAM to Sao Paulo:

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Lufthansa 747 to Frankfurt:

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Back to my lady:

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The call was made for business class passengers, I was the first to board:

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AV's J cabin:

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Rest of the cabin:

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My seat:

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Safety card:

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Magazine:

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Ad:

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Info:

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The traditional champagne while the plane gets loaded:

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Seat pitch:

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The F/A distribute the Beverage Menu:

 

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Juan Valdez Cafe:

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Even-though the seats are a bit old, the reclining system is very good.

 

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Safety Video: (My apologies for the quality, but it was made with my digital camera):

 

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Leaving Miami behind:

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The F/As distributing the DVD players and taking orders for the beverage:

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Also, AVIANCA TV started:

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I ordered a Baileys on the rocks and they offered peanuts or Colombian "Achiras" which I truly love:

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Then they distributed the Menus (Full Lunch at 4:30PM, <u>NOT A SNACK</u> like they do in LAN.. :( )

 

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Service followed:

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Entering Colombian air space:

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After the movie ended, I worked in my computer on a video:

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Arriving in BOG:

 

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Immigration was packed but there were about 30 agents, so it moved pretty quickly; it took me less than 10 minutes.

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Baggage claim:

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This flight was a wonderful experience, I mean it, it was so pleasant, the service was amazing, punctuality a 100%, I have no doubts about Avianca's first class service, I can't imagine how it will be with the new planes.... can't wait.

 

 

Next week my flight BOG - MDE also in business... I will make the TR next week....!!

 

I hope you enjoyed it. I apologize for the quality of some pictures but sometimes it was too dark and I always avoid the flash so nobody notice my pictures and sometimes pictures were not allowed and had to take them without looking the screen.