Buenos Aires (EZE) – Mexico City (MEX)
Depart: 11:30 PM on Wednesday October 14, 2015
Arrive: 7:15 AM on Thursday, October 15, 2015
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Seat: 3F and 4F (Business Class)
I wasn’t greeted at the door, and I found my own way to my seat. The seats had a blanket and medium-sized pillow.
AeroMexico has its Dreamliner Business Class cabin laid out 2-2-2, so I had chosen a middle seat to have aisle access and to not be blocking anyone else’s aisle access.
I was originally in the third row with a person next to me. After take off, I moved to the fourth row, which was empty for a little more privacy.
I had my own overhead bin, so there was plenty of space for carry ons.
The main thing I didn’t like about the seat was the tiny cubby hole under the TV for my feet. I don’t like the tight squeeze when sitting or sleeping.
I did like that the television was mounted in view, so it was usable during take off and landing (as opposed to the TV on Avianca’s Dreamliner). The entertainment system was also available on the ground, so the time before take off flew by as I finally got a chance to watch Fresh Off the Boat
The only complaint I have about the entertainment system is that it plays several ads, a few before the safety video and a few more after takeoff, which interrupted my viewing. The TV and movie selection was broad, and I watched a few episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and the movie Aloha.
At the seat there is a USB socket, universal socket, and headphone jack.
Low quality noise canceling headphones are provided.
Seat controls are intuitive.
A touch screen remote controls the television.
Before take off, the flight attendant brought by a tray of orange juice, water, and champagne. I had a glass of champagne. The place to put your drinks is shared with your seatmate, so ours was a bit crowded.
Another flight attendant passed out immigration forms, menus, and and an amenity kit. Here was the menu for the flight which featured dinner and breakfast.
Here was the amenity kit.
The Aquascutum branded kit had an eye shade, socks, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, ear plugs, lotions, and lip balms.I haven’t used anything in the kit, so I can’t speak to the quality there, but I like the size and feel of the kit itself, and I may continue to carry my own toiletries in it.
After take off, the dinner service started. The cheese and nut plate was good. It would have looked fancier if the crackers had been served out of the package.
The salad, main course, and bread from a bread basket were served together. I went with the grilled tenderloin of beef, which I had low expectations for (plane steak!), and it wasn’t very good. The vegetables and potatoes were much better.
Dessert was a small raspberry cake, which was the perfect size and good enough.
After dinner, I started to plan my (intentional) daylong layover in Mexico City. I decided to pay $22 for the 110 MB of data that I could use during the duration of the flight.
The speed was very good, and I was able to research the top sites in Mexico City and plan an itinerary for myself.
About four hours into the flight, I decided to brush my teeth and go to bed. The bathroom had two innovations I liked. One is that it had the standard very large window you find on all 787s. During a day flight, that would have been cool.
The second is that the toiled flushed if you closed the lid or put your hand near the blue button. Flushing public toilets is gross, so those are nice improvements.
I went back to my seat and put it into flat bed mode.
The bed was wide enough at shoulder level, but very narrow for my feet.
I would estimate the bed was 6’3″ long because my 6’4″ frame was just scrunched at the top.
However I managed to sleep very easily for about five hours waking only during the descent.
I slept through breakfast, which was no problem for me because I was excited to eat on the ground in Mexico City.
I had an ideal flight in AeroMexico Business Class on the 787 Dreamliner.
Food wasn’t that good. Service was the bare minimum. But I got to watch TV and movies from the moment I got on the plane, and much more importantly, I slept comfortably. That’s all I was looking for on my flight to the Chicago Seminars.
When you find AeroMexico Business Class between the United States and Southern South America for 45,000 Alaska miles or 62,500 Delta miles one way, book it.
I will have future installments on my time in Mexico City, the immigration process in Mexico, and lounges in Buenos Aires and Mexico.