So my flight to Buenos Aires was by far the longest flight I’ve taken to date. First we traveled on the daily Denver – Mexico City flight which leaves at 1:45 and arrives 6pm. An easy four hours and a change trip to one of the largest metropolises in the Americas.
The approach into Mexico City was an aviation treat: After clearing the mountains and peaks that ring the city we immediately swooped down and around the sharp edged skyscrapers and for a perfect landing against a reddish sunset – thanks to the haze no doubt. The Mexico City airport was enormous but easy to navigate.
En route to Buenos Aires from Mexico City I realized why many foreign carriers, (foreign to the United States that is,) are given such high regard. Even in coach we were provided wonderful treatment by the crew. For the overnight flight we were given eye masks, earplugs, and of course pillow and blankets. Actual nice pillows, not the crusty disgusting ones found in the usual overhead bins.
When the morning sun and Atlantic Ocean over South America came into view we were given hot towels and a decent breakfast to start our day. Sure sleeping overnight in coach is not pleasant, but I was surprised and thankful for our crew and the service of Mexicana for the long duration of this flight. Our return flight was long – ok VERY long, but again the good treatment and cheerful spirits of our nearby passengers made for a happier than usual flying experience again.
Photo from Airliners.net