Archive for September, 2010

Miami, FL – Caracas, Venezuela | AA 935 |18F

September 22, 2010

This plane was completely packed – and this post will not so much be about the flight, but the journey that ensued once I landed in Caracas:

  • Immigration: The lines were ridiculously long – wait time must have been about 1 hr
  • Parking lot: Leaving the parking lot alone took us 35mins
  • Car: In car over 2.5 hours for a route that usually takes 40mins with no traffic

It seems like the whole process to leave the airport and getting to the hotel took more than the flight itself.  What a mission!

Although it should not come to a surprise – Caracas is know for the traffic, it is a test of patience…

Dallas, TX – Miami, FL | AA 1740 | 4G

September 17, 2010

Spent the morning at the Admirals Club in Dallas and had some breakfast…layover was very short which was absolutely fine by me.  Once again, I was not able to check the three pieces to the main cabin – seems there is some consistency now…

Flight to Miami was smooth and I was able to get some more sleep – arrived on time in Miami.  Door to door the trip from the Buenos Aires hotel to my house was about 20 hours…

Buenos Aires, ARG – Dallas, TX | AA 996 | 10G

September 17, 2010

Usually I am not picky about my flying – delays, etc.  But I was just annoyed by the fact that at the Buenos Aires airport, the AA attendant counted my suit as a carry on, so I had three in total.  Odd thing is, from Miami to Dallas to Buenos Aires it was not an issue.  So, I had to check-in one of my bags.  Consistency is all I ask for.

Apparently in Buenos Aires, the truck drivers were on strike thus food had to be brought from incoming flights – not an issue though.  Then, our entertainment system was not working and had to be restarted…just seemed that it was not the right day to fly – at least I made it to Dallas.

Flight was on time.

Dallas, TX – Buenos Aires, AR | AA997 | 10G

September 15, 2010

I must say, this was a very smooth flight, usually I do not sleep that well on planes, but this time I completely conked out.  After watching two movies, I pretty much slept the rest of the flight…really nothing exciting to share.  Impressed by the service by American on the flight.  There always is that one snorer though, usually a man, that is so DAMN loud…

Did enjoy the taxi ride to the hotel – spoke to the diver about futbol – what else! Said that Germany was not that good…eh hem…I let it slide 😉

Miami, FL – Dallas, TX | AA 2207 | 18F

September 15, 2010

It has been a long time since my last post – I have since changed jobs and am now working with Research in Motion (Blackberry) for the LATAM region. Travel has not really slowed down, I have been to Chile and Mexico in the last four weeks and I am on my way to Buenos Aires now. Flying through Dallas on this trip – direct flights were booked.

While most airports are plagued in the winter with delays, Miami has to deal with summer showers and lightening. My flight was delayed as the crew for our plane was diverted to West Palm Beach, FL. Luckily there was an alternative crew in Miami which made the wait fairly short. However, before closing the doors, there seems to be an issue with one of the overhead bins…would not close, so maintenance had to come on board and fix it. Total delay time about 1 hour – could be worse.

I decided to watch “The Crazies” on the plane – brought my own DVD (rental from Netflix) – had to keep the volume low on the earphones to avoid any unnecessary jumping. At least time went by fast…now I am in the admirals club – must say it is one of the nicer ones that I have stayed at.

Pretty tired and hungry, believe it or not, I am looking forward to the plane food and some sleep. Which reminds me, I have a friend that actually LIKES airplane food – you know who you are and we are waiting for some interesting posts from you…