Introduction: Short Trip to Central America
Review: Hilton Anatole – Dallas
Review: Air France Lounge – Houston Intercontinental Airport
Review: Executive Club – Houston Intercontinental Airport
Review: Air China (777-300) Business Class – Houston to Panama
Review: The Westin – Panama
Review: Nacion Sushi
Review: Le Meridien – Panama
Review: Avianca (A320) Business Class – Panama to Bogota
Review: Avianca VIP Lounge – Bogota
Review: LATAM VIP Lounge – Bogota
Review: Copa Club – Bogota
Review: El Dorado Lounge – Bogota
Review: Avianca (A319) Business Class – Bogota to San Salvador
Review: Intercontinental Hotel – San Salvador/Metrocenter Mall
Review: Avianca (A320) Business Class – San Salvador to Dallas
BOG – SAL
Flight Time: 2hrs 55min
May 30, 2019
I hustled from the El Dorado Lounge because my flight was boarding. The lounge excursions should have been planned a bit better because I was at the furthest lounge from my gate.
The trip to gate 24 was about 11 minutes and that is because I ran. I did not want to miss this flight. The gates, 24 through 26, share the same entrance. When I arrived, I was happy to see a long line. My boarding pass and passport was checked within a minute of arrival.
I made my way down the jet bridge and tried to snap a decent picture of the A319, but I encountered obstructed views.
The seat, as well as everything else (airplane wise), as the A320. The was a torn blanket bag at my seat. I could not help bu think someone left it from the previous flight. Nope. The guy sitting next to me took the pillow out and tossed the blanket in my seat. When I asked him about, he apologized and said he forget he put it there. LOL. He must have had a lot going on in his mind during the 15 minutes when he boarded.
Once cleared, my seat looked normal.
I made my way to lavatory while boarding was still underway. The main reason was to use the facilities but it was cool to see the sink door was closed properly.
Boarding was complete 11 minutes before the scheduled 1645 departure. The purser then began the welcome announcement. She thanked us for flying with them and introduced the pilot Juan. Lastly, she announced the flight time of three hours to El Salvador.
The same safety video was played. The thing that stood out was that a departure drink was not offered. We did, however, push back on time.
We had a 15 minute taxi runway 31. The takeoff roll was bumpy and long.
The pilot came on the 17 minutes after takeoff intercom to provide his welcome announcement, but he did more than that, he told us we would be stopping in San Jose, Costa Rica. How?! Why?!
A few minutes after this, landing cards for El Salvador were distributed.
Service began 25 minutes after takeoff with the food and beverage cart being rolled out.
The options were chicken or beef. I went with the beef, which ended up being meatballs served with rice, garden salad, and flan. The drink was finally offered after the entree. I went with a Chardonnay.
The meal itself looked underwhelming. I started with the rice, which was ok. I tried the meatballs next, boy was I wrong about them. The sauce and texture of the beef was amazing. I finished the entree before trying the salad. Speaking of the salad, it was bad, very bad. I could not stomach the wilted lettuce and dry tomatoes.
The flan on the other hand, was delicious. The pieces of coffee on top sent it up and away, seriously. I could not imagine that the meal would be this good.
A few minutes after passengers finished their meals, the flight attendant came by to offer coffee or tea. I went Bailey’s and coffee while checking out the map.
I grabbed a nap until I heard the landing announcement. I quickly completed the landing card given to me earlier in the flight and closed my eyes again.
We had a hard touchdown almost one hour after our scheduled arrival. I could not get pictures landing due to humidity. We had not taxied to the gate but people ran to the business class cabin because they thought they were going to miss the connecting flight. The flight attendant allowed them to stand in the aisles.
The flight was a continuation of the one from Panama. There was nothing that really stood out, except the beef entree, I was pleasantly surprised by it. Another thing that surprised me was the immigration tax at El Salvador.