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Iberia's New Beirut Service Postponed To September  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

Iberia's new Beirut service that was scheduled to start on April 26 is being postponed until September 1. Does anyone have any idea why?

Seems kind of strange to start a new route during the low season after the strong summer season ends.

The schedule remains the same however.

Madrid (MAD) - Beirut (BEY)


Beirut (BEY) - Madrid (MAD)


It did seem that it is too late to start a flight in April by just announcing it recently. Although I find it a bit strange that they are starting it at the end of the summer season...

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

I think it depends of A320's fleet available.This year Airbus will deliver 3/4 A-320 to Iberia.At present IB has 60 A-320.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

That's another possibility.

Does anyone know how many business and economy seats Iberia has on its A320s?

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Iberia is known for its uncomfortable cabins. They have 42 first class seats and 105 economy class seats on their A320s. Thats a total of 147 seats.

Very comparable to other airlines such as Lufthansa's A320s (150 total seats), and BA's A320s (145 seats).




MEA321
User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

"IB IS KNOWN FOR ITS UNCOMFORTABLE CABINS (...) A TOTAL OF 147 SEATS.VERY COMPARABLE TO OTHER AIRLINES SUCH AS LH,150 SEATS AND BA,145 SEATS"
Do not contradict yourself,MEA321.Or for you LH and BA are too "uncomfortables" or you are difficulty yourself  Nuts
By the way...How many times have you flown in Iberia?


User currently offlineToBEYwithMEA From Lebanon, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Look,
all those airline's seating suck compared to MEA. MEA have a strech of the A320, they have the A321 and they only have 149 seats (31 cedar class and 118 "tourist" class)
So I guess MEA have the one of best seating for a narrow body



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User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

Anxebla,

Something I didn't mention in my post is that LH offers between 134 and 150 seats on its A320s. It depends on the aircraft. Whereas IB only has a common cabin lay out of 147 seats on all of its A320s.

BA's seats are much more comfortable then those of IB also. That is why I made the statement in the first place.

I have flown IB 4 times Intra-Europe. They got me where I needed to go, but thats about it.

Please, don't misunderstand me though. Everyone has their own opinions. I am sure you are very proud of your country's airline, and you have a lot of good experiences with them.  Smile




MEA321
User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

BA is a very good carrier,but for intra-european flights I prefer IB or AF.
In a trip MAD-LHR always I'll try fly by IB.I don't like some of BA's leather seats


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

British Mediterranean has only 124 seats in its A320s and 149 seats in its A321s (same as MEA).

They are very comfortable..........

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7402 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

ANY airline in the world, even the worst one, would make money on flights to & from Lebanon during the high season MAY / OCTOBER, as there is such a lack of seat offered, and such a strong demand from the Lebanese diaspora around the globe... It is very strange that an airline like IB didn't do its best to start this service BEFORE the season... It's like starting operating special ski charters to the Alps resorts in July !  Nuts

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

It shouldn't be an availability of A-320s question. Even in the busiest time of the day for medium distance flights, the morning (between 07.00 and 11.00), when the airframe is still coming back from BEY and theoretically needed most for the current schedule, there are still a dozen of MD-80s, 757s and Airbuses left over loitering at M AD not doing anything. Other airlines like KLM use their 737s on BEY and other near-east routes between 19.00 and 06.00 to keep them busy during the night, while they fly to M AD, LHR, FCO etc. during daytime.


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

I got an email from Iberia, the service WILL start in September.....

It was probably an error when they had it as April....

I agree, it would have been better if they started the flight sometime in the summer...

September is a relatively weak month.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

Most likely the postponment of the introduction of flights until September is due to the entry of new aircraft which is not scheduled or has been delayed until then. Remember, starting up a new station requires many factors....hiring personnel, goverment rights, aircraft, etc. Im not suprised that it has been postponed until Sept. 01st.


Visca Barça!!
User currently offlineAnxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

You're right,IB340600
By the way.... Do you work by IB in JFK?


User currently offlineToBEYwithMEA From Lebanon, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

I hate airlines that cram their Eco class. That's why I will never try a LCC on anything longer than 2 hours and will never fly AA eco class. That's also why I love MEA's eco and Cedar Class.
When I was flying on AA's first class it felt like MEA Eco, which is still good!



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