LATAM, former LAN, serves the route Santiago de Chile – Frankfurt via Madrid and holds 5th freedom traffic rights. This means that they are allowed to sell tickets for the Spain – Germany sector.
Tickets for Economy Class start at ~35€, Business Class at ~200€ one way. During special promotions it is possible to get the flights at a reduced rate. By using a Spanish meta search and OTA it was possible to optimize the price down to 14,99€ one way in Economy.
As we just wanted to do a day trip to Madrid, we decided to fly with Airberlin from Berlin Tegel in the early morning. Our aircraft was an 6-years old A320 with a special ‘Fan Force One’ livery. It was painted for the World Cup in Brazil back in 2014.
The flight was uneventful except a holding pattern during our approach as a result of high traffic density. After around 3 hours of flight time we touched down on Madrid Barajas´ runway 33L.
After landing, we made our way to the LATAM check-in. As an early ‘Christmas’ gift, I bought my dad an upgrade to Business Class. He did not know until we received our boarding passes. His facial expression was a mix of confusion, a thrill of anticipation and appreciation. Lovely, haha!
Once we had passed the security check again as well as the passport control (LA704 operates as a non-Schengen flight), we visited the Iberia lounge in the satellite terminal T4S. From there we had a perfect view onto the apron and the eastern runways. Furthermore our B787-9 was parked directly in front of the lounge.
The boarding started 15 minutes late, but the process itself was fast and easy. Soon we were seated on 1L, later 2A, (Business Class) and 13L (Premium Economy). As an OneWorld Emerald member (topbonus Platinum), it is possible to choose the Premium Economy seats (LATAM calls them Space+) for free. They are comparable to American Airlines´ Main Cabin Extra.
The Space+ Seats feature a seat pitch of 34 inches and a footrest.
The Business Class seats have a legroom of 75 inches and can be converted into a flat bed seat.
At around 15:30 we started our take off roll on runway 36L and gently lifted off. The view of the Rolls Royce engine next to me was surely amazing!
We climbed to 40.000ft and once we had reached our cruising altitude, the crew began serving a snack.
In Business Class they offered a tasty and light meal, but there was no selection at all.
As we got closer to Frankfurt, the sun started to set and dusk was approaching.
The calculated flight time was just 2 hours and so we started our descent quite soon. At 17:30 local time we were on approach to Frankfurt and landed safely on runway 25L. After a relatively short taxiing to Terminal 1, we deboarded the 787 and made our way to the passport control before we took the train back home.