Next up on my 9 business class flights around the world for $325 is the Central and South America carrier, Avianca. This is my first trip with Avianca and, lucky me, it’s in business class. After a brief layover that included some much-needed rest at a Miami hotel, I checked in for my flight then checked out the Avianca VIP Lounge for some preflight cocktails. Off to a good start. For this Avianca business class review, I took a short hop from Miami to Managua. Here’s how it went.
Route: Miami to Managua
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Seats on this Avianca business class review were similar to those found on my Air Canada and EgyptAir Intracontinental flights. This Avianca Airbus 320 had the larger style non-lay flat seats which are much nicer than just blocking out the middle aisle seat like in my Turkish Air experience. There was plenty of space with in-seat USB charging and an entertainment unit.
Food & Drink
Food on this Avianca business class review flight was mediocre. Options were limited but understandable on a short flight like this. Again, on par with the other short-haul business class flights I took. Overcooked and bland, or just what you would expect with airline food.
In-seat entertainment included plenty of movies with individual headsets provided. There was not a huge selection but enough to keep me entertained for couple hours. The premium headphones are a nice touch compared to the standard ear buds, and the remote made surfing the interface easier.
Overall if I was paying out-of-pocket I would pass on an Avianca business class upgrade. The added cost just isn’t worth the leg room and upgraded service. Looking back in coach I saw seats with similar entertainment systems and above average seating space.
If you’re flying on points, well that’s a different story.
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