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
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.
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.
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New York, NY
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
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