I finally got to the gate about an hour after arriving at the airport and patiently waited for boarding, which started right around 5:00 p.m.
I was assigned seat 16A, which was toward the front of the economy section. I took a gamble not paying for my seat in advance and I got lucky with the window.
Because the Airbus A330 cabin is configured in a 2x4x2 layout, I only had one person next to me in my row. I definitely prefer this layout for couples or pairs traveling together.
And, despite some reviews saying the seats were not that comfortable – I beg to differ. The economy seats were padded and easily on par with what is offered on carriers like Delta Air Lines or United Airlines.
The seat also came with a few added perks I don't commonly see in regular economy, like a footrest…
…as well as a cup holder. Granted, mine was broken and the airline couldn't fix it before my flight, which was a little disappointing.
But, it's rare to find a cup holder in economy in the first place — I've only seen it one other time on Singapore Airlines' A380.
The footrest was the most shocking though. Typically, this amenity is reserved for premium economy, like United's Polaris Plus cabin.
I also liked the space between the armrest and the fuselage. I was able to store my purse and jacket here instead of underneath the seat in front of me.
After boarding was complete, announcements were made in both Spanish and English and we pushed back right on time. Due to traffic in Miami, we were airborne about 30 minutes later — but we still arrived on time in Buenos Aires.
About an hour after takeoff, the flight attendants served dinner. My meal came with pasta, an egg and spinach muffin-looking dish, bread, and a caramel dessert.
We were also served drinks, like soda, juice, coffee, and wine — I opted for Diet Coke.
I thought the food was fine, but nothing to write home about.
It didn't have as much flavor as the long-haul economy meals I've tried on carriers like United, Delta, Air New Zealand, and Singapore...
After eating, I headed to the lavatory to freshen up before landing. I thought the bathroom was clean, and there was enough space to change clothes.
We touched down in Buenos Aires around 4 a.m. local time, and while I was tired — I didn't feel miserable. I got enough sleep to hold me over thanks to the padded seat, the headrest, and the footrest.
My only critique would be the dinner could offer stronger flavors, but that's hardly a dealbreaker on a nighttime flight when I planned to spend most of my time sleeping anyway.
Overall, after a comfortable and on-time flight, I think Aerolineas is a solid international airline. I would easily book the carrier again for long-haul travel, especially since it is often cheaper than competitors.
One note — I flew into Buenos Aires' main international airport (EZE), which is about 45-60 minutes away by car from the domestic airport (AEP).
If you have a domestic or shorter international flight after landing in Buenos Aires — like my second leg to Ushuaia — it could go out of AEP. So, be mindful of that when planning your travel day.