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aus_flyer

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Anyone had any experiences with Lan first class in their A340?

I have been trying to find cabin photos on the internet but have not had much luck.
 

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Yes.

Tried them about a year ago on the short SYD-AKL hop.

It's Row 1, and has 5 seats across IIRC. Curtains block you off from the J cabin.

Found the seats to be very nice. Food was nothing special (catering SYD-AKL is pretty bad for J / F with Lan, but I am told improves greatly on the AKL-SCL leg).

Staff friendly. Nice wines and beers onboard.

Not worth the premium over J for that hop definately.
 

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odoherty said:
Anyone had any experiences with Lan first class in their A340?

I have been trying to find cabin photos on the internet but have not had much luck.
I think Kiwi Flyer has done a trip report on one of these flights. I'll try to find it...
 

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Mal said:
Tried them about a year ago on the short SYD-AKL hop.
Yes, I'm taking them for the AKL-SYD hop.
It's a choice of Lan in F, or QF in J.
Interestingly, both checkmytrip and expertflyer show an incomplete seat map - only shows 3 seats in F
Pity F seats aren't single by the windows
 
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You may find the Qantas F fare cheaper than the Lan F Fare (Qantas codeshare on the LA flight). I did - it was about $800 cheaper at the time...

The broken seat map is to do with the codeshare arrangements. Qantas has 1/2 (?) of the F/J/Y seats to sell, and so do LA. If you do a seatmap on the LA flight number you get the LA seats for sale, Ditto if doing a seatmap on the Qantas number.

IIRC (and this is stretching my memory), it's 2 -1-2 in F. There might be a 6th F seat in the middle, but not really sure.
 

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Mal said:
You may find the Qantas F fare cheaper than the Lan F Fare (Qantas codeshare on the LA flight). I did - it was about $800 cheaper at the time...
I'm booking it as part of an AONE4, but thanks for the tip.
And certainly booking the QF codeshare for the status bonus!

Mal said:
IIRC (and this is stretching my memory), it's 2 -1-2 in F. There might be a 6th F seat in the middle, but not really sure.
The Lan website says there are 5 seats, so your memory serves you correctly.
 

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For a AONE, definately worth the F over J.

More S/C's and FF points. The seat will beat any Qantas one on offer (bar maybe 744 plane), but the food as I indicated is below par vs Qantas. The magazines are mostly in Spanish. Great fun to look at pictures in a Time magazine :D IFE is both Spanish and English.

The staffers mostly speak both Spanish and English. So you shouldn't have any issues there.

It's a short flight and in F on LA, they will encourage you to sleep. I know I did once they closed the shades and plied me with a lot of good alcohol :D

If flying Lan, see if you can score an amenities pack from the staff as you leave. They wouldn't give me a F one, but gave me a J one instead. Contents are similar to the Qantas one, but still another amenity bag to add to the collection/use.
 

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Lan website says that the A340 has had a retrofit recently - and the Lan website looks like flat beds! (but a bit hard to tell)
 

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The seats I remember were flatish, or very close to them.

Hmmm. Maybe I have a warped memory of seats :)

I did sleep very well. The alcohol definately helped, but still, it is hard to sleep on uncomfy seats...
 

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Mal said:
The seats I remember were flatish, or very close to them.

Hmmm. Maybe I have a warped memory of seats :)

I did sleep very well. The alcohol definately helped, but still, it is hard to sleep on uncomfy seats...

I remember the seats as being flat also. I don't know if they were exactly horizontal, left my spirit level at home on that flight :p However they were definately a 2-1-2 seating and very comfortable (would say more so than QF F but I have only spent 3hr in each.)

Again my catering wasn't great, but I think that this was more due to LA forgetting my "special" meal, and rushing me what I think was a Y mains. The fruit was excellent. :)

Mal.
 

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I think the photos might be deceptive.

They may look like mere J seats, but once you hit the recline button they convert into a nearly flat comfy seat.

As above, don't recall the specific details of the seats that I had. Those seats look familiar, but then a lot of aircraft seats look familiar and morph into each other. One of the byproducts of too many aircraft types / airlines.
 

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serfty said:
I think Kiwi Flyer has done a trip report on one of these flights. I'll try to find it...

Not me - I've only flown it business class a few times, never in first.
 

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Incidentally EK's current sale has first for 1300-odd NZD return - includes limo transfers both ends both ways saving over 200 in taxi fares (there's also specials in economy and business - not sure if this helps you serfty for Auckland Do).
 

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Did the LA SYD-AKL-SYD again this week. F is one row 2-1-2 and seats appear slightly bigger and recline more than J.

Differences are:
1. Cabin staff in F much nicer than J staff. J staff have always been surly the several times I flown this route on LA.
2. To AKL food in F is poor, food in J is woeful. J gets you half a sandwich.
3. From AKL food is reasonable in F, adequate in J.
4. Plenty of wine available in F and provided with a smile. J staff frown at PAX requesting champagne so early in the morning.
 
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