Avianca Airbus A330-300 Business Class Flight Review

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– Today’s theme is Airbuses, with Avianca. (gentle pulsing synth music) We are going to fly a new
carrier for me, Avianca. It’s a Star Alliance carrier based here in Colombia, although they
have a Brazil division that apparently isn’t doing too well. They’ve also had a bunch
of strikes recently, and several TPG employees
have had nightmare experiences flying them, being
stranded, flights canceled, taking off without them knowing, so hopefully today will be a lot smoother. We’re going to do an hour of flight from Medellín to Bogotá, two-hour layover, hit up the lounge real quick,
which I hear isn’t that great, and then Bogotá to JFK, about a five-and-a-half-hour flight. If all goes well, we’ll
land just before 7 p.m. in New York tonight. Let’s go check in. (gentle pulsing synth music) I’ll give credit where it’s due, Avianca turned that plane
around really quickly, and we arrived early,
even though the plane wasn’t there even when boarding started. So, so far, so good, Avianca. Now, let’s go to the lounge. (puzzled music) – Segundo?
– [Attendant] Sí. (puzzled music) – [Fan] Can I take a selfie with you? – Yeah, sure, sure! How’s it going? – Oh, thanks! – Thanks, buddy!
– Awesome, yeah! Safe travels. I did not pay him to say that. – [Cameraman] Should have
asked him where the lounge was. – Oh, yeah, that actually
would have been a good idea. (puzzled music intensifies) – [Cameraman] Brian! – A-ha! Right now we’re at the
Avianca Business Class Lounge, which is across from its Elite Lounge, open-air, kinda hot, okay food items, but I wouldn’t consider stocking up on a meal here.
But, better than nothing. And all I really care
about is that our flight is not delayed, and I get home
on time, because I’m tired. True story, these are a guilty pleasure, and, you know, I don’t wanna be seen like, an inexperienced traveler, so I hide them. But I love them. My little secret. Keep it between us. (groovy synth music) This is a 1 p.m. flight, which means you’re not eating until 2:30, and considering I woke up and ate at 6:30, I was getting hangry, and I
got a hamburger in the airport because when I’m hangry, I
enjoy flights a lot less more, and in general, life less more. I’m still gonna eat again, of course. (groovy synth music) Let’s check out the amenity kit. “To me.” How does it look? Ooh, was not expecting
that, branded products! This is hand cream. Sometimes I’ll even use
hand cream on my face because it gets so dry on long flights. Love a lip balm. Good earplugs. They’ve got little earphone
covers for germaphobes. Even branded toothpaste. Colgate. This is a solid amenity
kit for a five-hour flight. Well done, Avianca! (relaxed synth music) – Ah-ha-ha-ha! (relaxed synth music) A canoe test fail of epic proportions. (laughing) How can anyone
fit their feet in there? Oh, well. I’ll survive. (relaxed pulsing synth music) It’s like, indiscernible sauce. It’s just sauce that has some flavor, but you can’t really tell what it is. Chicken that tastes like something. Better than nothing, I guess. Dessert is Oreo cheesecake. That’s good. That’s actually really good. One thing that’s awesome is
meal service was so quick. We’re barely in the
Caribbean, off the coast of Barranquilla, and we’re
completely done with meal service. So, even though the food
was mediocre, the service was very quick, which is
a big plus in my book. (relaxed pulsing synth music) Call me old-school, but
I still like to print blog posts, my reviews, and edit them with good ol’ pen and paper. I dunno. There’s
something about seeing it, not just being on a computer
screen all the time, especially on a plane. Cup of coffee, and in total travel mindset is when I do my best editing, and writing, and coming up with ideas, and planning crazy places
that I’m gonna go next. Where better to do that then in the sky, when no one’s texting? You know, that’s the one
good thing about no Wi-Fi on this flight, I’m
actually pretty focused. If you’ve ever wondered how I
have this beautiful physique, it’s unnecessary meals like this, that go straight here. But I gotta try it for you guys. A little pesto, pita, ham, salt, carbs… I’m not mad about it. (funky synth music) (funky synth music) Three things I liked about
Avianca. Let me think. The Oreo cheesecake. So, Oreo cheesecake, amenity kit, and blanket. Things that I did not like: The lounge, the foot room. I know toddlers that have larger feet than can fit in that space. And, no Wi-Fi. And also,
this remote bus-gate situation in February in JFK. All right, that was four. That’s not nice. But, overall, it was fine. And
I’ll say one more nice thing, we arrived on time. So… If you haven’t seen all of
my Colombian adventures, subscribe to the channel
now and check them out. (smooth funk music)

 

45 Responses

  1. Cesar Sandiford

    May 16, 2019 1:21 pm

    I swear, the Avianca vip lounge it's hard to find in Bogota. I know it because it happened to me! Haha

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  2. John Nicholson

    May 16, 2019 1:41 pm

    smaller plane but the direct non-stop Mde to JFK is the best way to go… only 5 hours!

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  3. Josue Solares

    May 16, 2019 2:59 pm

    I personally like Avianca a lot. That’s my airline for Central and South America.

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  4. Mark Chun

    May 16, 2019 4:00 pm

    very different review than all other airlines reviewers, because you have a camera man

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  5. Jose Nanin

    May 16, 2019 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the review. Really like the hoodie that you wear in this video. Where did you get it?

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  6. Records Travels

    May 16, 2019 11:44 pm

    Quick meal service on longer flights can definitely make the difference! Nothing worse than having to wait and wait for your meal. Great video!

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  7. Simply Aviation

    May 17, 2019 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the review! Now I know what kind of service they offer on the Medellin to Bogota flight in Business Class.
    Also, the A330 at 2:42 has beautiful Sharklets.

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  8. Juan Manuel Romero

    May 19, 2019 12:04 pm

    The Airbus A330-300 that Avianca juat purchased a few months ago was from a Asian carrier, hence why the business class was so bad. Avianca's business class in their dreamliners and A330-200 are actually quite good.

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  9. joe 90

    May 19, 2019 9:19 pm

    Bogota airport us terribly especially for international flights..immigration is a joke always crowded slow ..no seperation buiness or economy. Like most things in Colombia Run by clueless idiors

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  10. kikyo

    May 20, 2019 9:36 pm

    Rubbing L’Occitane hand cream all over your face like that makes me cringe 😆😆 it’s still a hand cream, don’t put it on you face😱😱😱

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  11. David Calix

    May 27, 2019 6:38 am

    Avianca is my hometown airline. In my opinion they have gotten better. When I first flow them my hometown airline was called Taca. Then Avianca brought it and made it one. Avianca is big in Central America. They have really nice planes and crews. I honestly would love to be a pilot for them. I live in NYC i like how all there flights are at night. Maybe when you land theres no gate but that makes the experience fun.

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  12. Kyle Smith

    May 30, 2019 12:18 am

    Factfulness is such a good book! And an even better one to travel with. Pretty mind bending

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  13. Dale Mcscurvey

    May 30, 2019 10:03 am

    Fly PAL biz class jfk to mnl. Just took it for my honeymoon to Bali and wow very impressive. Shames delta one.

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  14. Aiyaphol Kemapuckpong

    May 31, 2019 9:25 am

    Okay, let me describe what I think of Avianca Short haul business and mid haul economy. I asked for an upgrade on one of my flights hence that's why I have only one flight in biz.
    Avianca (almost) ain't got shit when you compare them to any of the Asian or African full-service airlines. They're quite ridiculous considering the fact that they are Star alliance. I've got *G and at Lima airport, the lady at the business class counter called someone over from the economy line, when I was next in the business line… There is no lounge in Lima airport, the Star Alliance lounge in Buenos Aires is crowded with Priority pass members, and the lounge in Bogota is an absolute disgrace. Not even comparable to Lufthansa but slightly better than UA clubs.
    On board, at least legroom is nice in economy, not necessarily in biz, and food is not that great to be honest. I wonder why they would use paper plates…that's weird. Food was too salty and service passed through oh so slowly…
    How does it compare with Thai Airways? Worse, but there are still similarities.

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  15. dave smith

    May 31, 2019 7:58 pm

    I know there are people who cannot live without wifi, but I am one of the few that is happy for the few hours of being MIA from work….That foot room though….WOW

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  16. claus stimpfig

    June 16, 2019 8:56 am

    Horrorful how you have been rushed through that meal Service….to me as a European a Nightmare. Food looked very much average. No de luxe Feeling.

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  17. Philip Robertson III

    July 7, 2019 9:02 am

    No menu, no wine list, no Wi-Fi, and that seat configuration reminds me of Lufthansa's horrific business class.

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  18. Wendy&Donner

    August 6, 2019 11:02 pm

    I've been to the Avianca Business class lounge in Bogota. Looks no difference than the one you were in food/amenities wise.

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  19. Jesus Bracho

    October 11, 2019 1:15 pm

    That's not the Avianca business class seat of their a330, that's transasia A330 business class seat, the Avianca A330-200 seat is bigger than that, they use a 1-2-1 and a 2-2-2 on some A330's

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  20. Bradford McEwen

    December 14, 2019 7:29 pm

    Love Avianca Business Class…food and wine are “GOOD” not mediocre …reviewer talks with his mouth full, my feet fit fine “6,1” 240 pounds, so feet issue untrue…AVIANCA is a great deal in Business Class, and voted in the TOP ten “ BEST” economical Business Class deals….further, it is the second oldest airline in the world behind KLM…review was pretentious, poorly presented( who cares if you are tired!),and provided poor information in a disdainful tone by a slovenly clad and groomed individual.

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