To Mendoza for the Masters of Food & Wine: Aerolineas Argentinas from Mendoza (MDZ) to Buenos Aires (AEP)

Introduction
American Airlines First Class from Orlando (MCO) to Miami (MIA) and American Airlines Business Class from Miami (MIA) to Buenos Aires (EZE)
Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Mendoza (MDZ)
Park Hyatt Mendoza
Masters of Food & Wine, Day 1: American Airlines Cocktail Reception
Masters of Food & Wine, Day 2: La Alboroza, Zuccardi Winery, Trapiche Winery
Masters of Food & Wine, Day 3: Catena Zapata, Rutini Wines, Terrazas de los Andes
Aerolineas Argentinas from Mendoza (MDZ) to Buenos Aires (AEP)
American Airlines Business Class from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Miami (MIA) and American Airlines First Class from Miami (MIA) to Orlando (MCO)
Conclusion


(Full disclosure: Park Hyatt and American Airlines, sponsors of the Masters of Food & Wine Event, comped my airfare, hotel, and admission to the events)

After a good night of sleep and breakfast at Bistro M, we left for the airport at around 11AM. After a quick 30 minute ride we made it there, only to find that check in had not opened yet for our flight.


Terminal exterior


Terminal interior


Waiting for check-in to open

Within about 20 minutes check-in opened, and the whole process was pretty quick. I was given seat 4D, an aisle seat in the second row of coach.


25 hours, not bad!

Security didn’t open until around noon, so we had to wait a bit longer before they let us through the checkpoint. Liquids are allowed on flights within Argentina, and as is the case in many places, laptops stay in the bags, shoes stay on, etc.

Once through security there was just a tiny gate area without a whole lot else.


Gate area


Gate area


Gate four

At around 12:45PM our plane landed and pulled into the gate, at which point everyone jumped up to get in line to board.


Plane arriving


Boarding time

Boarding didn’t actually begin for several more minutes, so I stayed seated until just about everyone was in line.

Aerolineas Argentinas 1417
Mendoza (MDZ) – Buenos Aires (AEP)
Sunday, April 3
Depart: 1:18PM
Arrive: 2:50PM
Duration: 1hr32min
Aircraft: 737-500
Seat:4D (Economy Class)

While the outbound flight, which was operated by an MD80, had “real” domestic first class seats, this one just had a Euro-business class cabin, meaning the two rows of business class were just normal coach seats with a blocked middle seat.


Business class

While the pitch on the MD80 on the way out was surprisingly good, the 737 was especially tight. The pitch couldn’t have been more than 30 inches or so.


Legroom

I sat next to an older couple from Sacramento that were traveling around South America for a couple of weeks, who kept me pretty entertained for most of the flight.

After takeoff was a very similar snack to the one on the flight out, consisting of a bland mystery meat sandwich, cookie sandwich, and some sort of caramel candy. Then again, for a 90 minute flight it’s a whole lot more than you get on a flight within the US.


Snack


Snack

The flight was uneventful in every way. We landed in Buenos Aires right on time, with some nice views on approach thanks to the fact that we were landing at the domestic airport. Unfortunately we were parking at a remote stand, so we had to be bussed to the terminal.


Plane upon landing

Upon landing we spent a few minutes waiting on our checked bags. Once in the main terminal there was a driver waiting for us to bring us back to the international airport for our flight to Miami.

As we drove through Buenos Aires I was just itching to visit. The city looked gorgeous, and is now at the very top of the list of cities I want to visit. It almost made me sad to drive through the city without actually being able to visit.


Buenos Aires

By the time we made it to the international airport it was around 4:30PM, leaving us plenty of time to get some work done before our flight back to the US… or so I thought.

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Comments

  1. “a Euro-business class cabin”

    Who are they kidding with the blocked middle seat set up?

    As for the guy reclining…that curtain isn’t much of a divider, is it? You’d think they’d at least have it extending all the way to the floor…

  2. I can confirm the very tight pitch on the 737’s. Last September I used aerolinas Argentinas for a flight from BA to Sao Paulo. Suffice it to say it was one of my worst experiences in a seat ever! I am 6’5 and I simply did not fit at all. Worse, the put me into the row before the exit row which I had asked for and that row did not recline. Add to that the guy in front of me continually trying to recline his chair into my legs and giving me lots of dirty looks when he couldn’t. I left the flight with bruised knees.

    Never again for me!

  3. I can confirm the very tight pitch on the 737’s. Last September I used aerolinas Argentinas for a flight from BA to Sao Paulo. Suffice it to say it was one of my worst experiences in a seat ever! I am 6’5 and I simply did not fit at all. Worse, the put me into the row before the exit row which I had asked for and that row did not recline. Add to that the guy in front of me continually trying to recline his chair into my legs and giving me lots of dirty looks when he couldn’t. I left the flight with bruised knees.

    Never again for me!

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