It only seems fitting that a trip to South America should include a South/Central American airline. My flight to Lima was booked on Expedia and the cheapest most reasonable option was Taca Airlines, an airline I had never heard of. Apparently, Taca stands for Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano and is actually a brand of five indie airlines operating out of Central America. The flights I had included a stop over in San Salvador. Here is my review of my experience.
Ease of check in: A fairly painless process that included web checkin 24 hours prior, although I was a bit perplexed at the lack of seating chart on seatguru (use united a320 for reference). Despite being able to pick my seat, I still had to lineup to check in my luggage. So..basically I had to lineup.
Seating Comfort – Standard a320 seating, not too comfortable but better then the discount airlines. I didn’t get the seats I wanted (emergency seats) but the seats were comfortable enough.
Sustainance – I was most impressed with the booze offered, Flor De Cana rum was readily available and the servers were quite liberal with the amount of rum they gave in a rum and coke. Big thumbs up. I was able to order a red wine and a beer from the same person. Am I an alcoholic? I dunno. The beer offered was of the South and Central American variety, which further added to my excitement of the trip.
For a snack, Taca gave us some mix of nuts and dried fruit called Congo Mix. It was delicious. My lunch included a tasty lasagna and my dinner was some chicken and tomato mixture. Each came with salad, bread and some sweets. it was about average for an airline but better than Air Canada’s crap (and much much better then whatever United Airlines offers).
In House entertainment
Sadly, I had to watch Captain America twice since they were two separate flights. The other movie was Mr Poppers Penguin, which reminded me of Liar Liar (Jim Carrey as overworked divorced father who ignores kids, then changes his life around), only with animals. Remember when Jim Carrey was funny? me neither. On the way back to Toronto, saw a movie called Water for Elephants which started the vampire from Twilight and Reese Witherspoon’s teeth. It was pretty bad. However, on a plane, everything is watchable. Even Glee*.
Overall impression: Taca Airlines is usually the cheapest option when flying to South America and it’s not bad, especially with the free flowing alcohol. I would highly recommend it over the stuffy atmosphere that is Air Canada or United Airlines
Glee complaint time!
I had never seen Glee before boarding this airplane and let me tell you something – it’s a pretty bad show. Not only does it feel like a glorified musical after school special, the characters are cardboard caricatures and everything was wrapped up all too nicely. In this particular episode, the football team was divided because the macho linesman didn’t want to be on the same team as the members of the Glee club, who are the quarterbacks, running backs, etc of the team. Somehow in the end, it all neatly wraps up and they are banded together. Still, because it took so long, the team is down 3 points in the championship game and are about to lose when the leader of the team realizes that they could still win if the other teams quarterback fumbles and they return it for a touchdown. Naturally, this happens and just like any unrealistic fairy tale you tell kids growing up, the good guys win and the bad guys lose. It was so stupid because the other team fumbled because the center over snapped the ball to the qb who was lined up in SHOTGUN formation. SHOTGUN! on a kneel down play! What coach would allow that? it’s so stupid. Anyways, I hate the show.