On my way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and back, I had the chance to give the Aerolineas Argentinas domestic Economy Class a try. Interestingly, Aerolineas used one of the older planes for the one and a brand new for the way back. The difference was quite big as you’ll see in this review.
The flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia is not only one of the longest in Argentina, but also one of the longest domestic flights I’ve ‘enjoyed’ so far.
While the flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia was operated by a Boeing 737-700, the flight back was operated by a Boeing 737-800. To my surprise, the difference between the two aircraft types was quite big. Nevertheless, there’s even some more critique to be voiced in this review of the Aerolineas Argentinas Economy Class.
Both types of Boeing 737 come with the typical 3-3 configuration in Economy Class. Yet, there was quite a difference between the two airplanes.
While the old Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-700 was quite run-down and had old black leather chairs with some wear and tear here and there, the new planes were very nice.
The Boeing 737-800 of Aerolineas Argentinas comes with the new corporate design and has a very bright cabin with grey seats with light blue elements.
Personally, I liked the new design way more as it just made the cabin feel more spacious and comfortable.
The seat pitch of the two planes wasn’t too different and the comfort of the seats didn’t differ by a lot as well.
So if it’s just about that, you don’t need to care about the type of plane too much.
Something I found highly confusing about Aerolineas Argentinas is the catering concept. The flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes in both directions. You’d expect a full meal even in the Aerolineas Argentinas domestic Economy Class on this flight. However, the first two hours or so, nothing at all happened. At one point, the crew finally started servicing the plane and handed out two small snacks alongside a drink of choice.
That was especially bad as Anna was quite hungry and didn’t like any of the two snacks. Personally, I’d at least expect an option to buy something on a flight of this length if there is no proper catering offered. However, Aerolineas Argentinas doesn’t even offer this option. Highly confusing. Plus, there was just a single round of drinks on both flights. Not really acceptable taking into account the high prices Aerolineas Argentinas charges.
Aerolineas Argentinas offers a decent board magazine, which is available in Economy Class and Business Class. It’s a decent magazine with lots of content, which I liked reading. Yet, it’s kind of depressing that there is no other entertainment at all.
No overhead screens, no individual entertainment, no Wi-Fi or whatsoever. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that as I’m generally working on airplanes anyways, but I would have still expected at least some more entertainment options.
I love the new livery of Aerolineas Argentinas, which is as stylish as it gets. That pretty much sums up what I enjoyed about the experience. Well, the new cabin design of the Boeing 737-800 isn’t bad either and the seats are fairly comfortable and offer an above average seat pitch. However, the service concept is puzzling at best and makes me highly recommend taking some food and drinks with you. The lack of entertainment is depressing as well. However, if you are flying to Ushuaia, you can at least enjoy nice views.
All this combined with the fact that our first flight was delayed for more than an hour without proper information for passengers and the fact that Aerolineas Argentinas flights are bloodily expensive for foreigners I would only recommend Aerolineas Argentinas if you don’t have another option.