Tam Linhas Aéreas flight from Foz do Iguaçu, in southeastern Brazil, to Brasilia, somewhere in the central region of the country, with a stopover at Garulhos (GRU). It was, then, a TAM-TAM flight, because there were two segments.
The first flight, on Sunday night, was crammed with shorts-wearing tourists (while Argentina’s Iguazu has a relatively natural character in the visit to the famous waterfalls, Brazil’s Iguaçu rather seems like a waterpark).
On the other hand, the flight on the following morning was very calm and was instead filled with suit-wearing passengers (Brasilia is an administrative city, with a city center comprised of rows of identical concrete low-rise buildings, aligned in a single line, with a building for each ministry).
The night at GRU was a little short. First, because the arrival at GRU was a bit complicated, because the airport was temporarily closed due to violent storms. Then, because accommodations were not very comfortable. I highly recommend against staying at the so-called Pullman hotel, which claims to be the closest one to the airport. This hotel is actually called Caesar Business, and so it does not conform to the Accor-Pullman standards. And to get there, you also have to take a crowded shuttle to make your way through jammed motorway junctions. We also noticed that we had been upgraded to the presidential suite, but when we saw it, we realized that the other rooms were probably not very good.
Each flight was of about 2 hours, so there isn’t much to say. They were domestic flights, so everything was in Portuguese, including safety instructions, which had no translation. The TAM airplanes have retractable screens, allowing the airline to air some basic shows to keep everyone’s attention: game shows, top 10’s (the largest stadiums, for example)… and, most of all, advertisements for everything and anything, which are shown even before and after the safety video (and with sound, which does not give a very serious impressions). Anyway, complimentary drinks and tasteless crackers were served at both night and morning flights. It’s a good idea to eat a real meal before the flight...
It should be noted that the StarAlliance benefits were respected on both flights, even though it is known that TAM will very soon leave the alliance.
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