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Amazing Aerolineas Argentianas 

Scheduled: an exciting but sure to be arduous trip to Argentina. From: New York to Buenos Aires and then on to exotic, off-the-beaten-path locales in Patagonia.  In: January, the height of summer in sub-equator lands and peak tourist season in Argentina. To be expected: the crush of crowds, crammed airports, packed planes.

Our choice of airlines for a nonstop flight from New York to Buenos Aires was Aerolíneas Argentinas. Hardly a Johnny-come-lately to the world of aviation, this airline, founded 56 years ago, was the first to complete a round-the-world flight by a commercial airliner in 1961 and a trans-polar flight by a commercial airliner in 1980. It speaks the language of Argentina and knows its territory best.

Smiling flight attendants, smartly attired in navy and powder blue ensembles greet you warmly and remain at the ready -- serving, solicitous, savvy through the more than eleven-hour flight from JFK to Buenos Aires. Info from the cockpit is useful but not intrusive. Samples of the exceptional Argentine wines along with meals prepare you for the manifold pleasures that lie ahead.

For us, that meant a landing in Buenos Aires’ international airport, a land transfer across the vast South American capital to its domestic airport, and from there on to the first of three destinations in Patagonia handled by Aerolíneas Argentinas’ domestic line: Austral Lineas Aeras. The direction was southerly beginning with San Carlos de Bariloche, the beautiful land of lakes embraced by snow-capped mountains. Then it was on to El Calafate, with its heart-stopping glaciers and stunning icy peaks. From there we headed downwards to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet, overlooking the Beagle Canal whose wildlife provided inspiration for Charles Darwin. Ultimately, we turned northwards and back to urban civilization in Buenos Aires, arguably one of the most elegant and civilized cities in the world. Each leg of the journey was seamless. The Condor Club, even on the short hauls, proved to be little havens in busy airports.

With its excellent dollar-to-peso exchange rate, its secure environment, and its myriad attractions, Argentina has become a hot tourist destination particularly during the winter months in America’s northern climes. As one would expect, there was hardly an empty seat on any of our flights.

Yet throughout, the experience was smooth, even soothing. We arrived at each destination relaxed. The going had not been rough. Nowadays, that’s something to be said for any airline.

Aerolíneas Argentinas connects 33 cities within Argentina with executive service offered on all flights regardless of duration. In addition to New York and Miami, it flies in and out of London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Sydney and Auckland, and a range of South American cities.

Aero Argentinas
51 East 42nd. Street
Room 1600
New York, NY 

Phone: 212-542-8880
Fax: 212-542-8881
Email:  salesnyc@aeroargentinas.com
Web:  http://www.aeroargentinas.com

Business Hours:  Call Center:  Monday to Sunday 4:00am to 11:00pm; Ticket Office:  Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

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Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
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