B752fanatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 918 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
Today, like most of the time, the A340-600 scheduled for the MAD-SJU-SDQ-MAD run was not able to be used today, I don't know the reason, but I think is like always the mechanical problems with the 600, so they sent an A340-300, with capacity for a hundred less. And today's flight out of SDQ was overbooked with the A346, so they had to think.
So operations in MAD decided to use the A340-300 that was doing MAD-CCS-MAD to make a stop in SDQ, to pick up some pax, today's CCS-MAD was leaving with 103 in Y, so they had the chance to put the other hundred from SDQ-MAD in that flight.
Today in SDQ they had two IB flights bound for MAD with difference of 15 min each for dep.
I think that the competition in CCS is tough, that's why the loads for IB from CCS to MAD are low.
The loads for SDQ-MAD are incredible, the flight leaves full all the time, I don't know why they share the airplane with SJU, if SJU only adds 50 to 60 pax. I don't get it, but I hope IB sticks the SDQ flight direct and without that stop.
"Truth is more of a stranger than fiction." Mark Twain
Ibe1238 From Spain, joined Mar 2001, 134 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
You are right. Next sunday it will happen the same with the CCS flight.
I still don't know why MAD OPS sends the 340 to SDQ. In february they use the b747 and this flight was also overbooked. On week-ends SDQ and SJU have independent flights and both are overbooked.
If I were in flight planning I should operate the SDQ flight as an independent flight and I would fly MAD-PUJ-SJU.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6201 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2355 times:
That would actually make much more sense, operating MAD-SDQ as an independent flight and operate SJU via PUJ (which would be a new station for IB-)
The only reason Iberia still flies into San Juan IMO is for prestige (being the only scheduled European airline at the airport, its an AA hub, and Iberia wanting to fly to most Latin American countries). Finacially Im sure San Juan must is a money loosing station- me just speculating.
YV136C From Venezuela, joined Mar 2003, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2320 times:
Indeed CCS-MAD is a very competitive route because Iberia (A343), Air Europa (763) and Santa Barbara (DC-10) all fly the route. Besides, this is not a very high season for MAD travel from CCS, that would also explain why loads on IB are low.
Lalone From Spain, joined Jan 2004, 45 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
The A340-600 is a piece of crap ....I´ve said it before but Anxebla Mr. Know everything has always said that it is not true and that all I want is to trash Airbus....what will a pilot know, anyway. This is one more proof that the A340-600 is giving IB lots of headaches and I hope that they´ll cancel the contract with Airbus in favour of Boeing
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2442 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2096 times:
Is there a huge difference between the A340-300 and the A340-600??
They look so similar (except for the engines and the length) that I wonder why is the A346 having more problems than the A343 when it was introduced to IB's fleet... I don't like to trash aircrafts, since I believe that a great amount of research was done to get the aircraft to production, so it has to have an advantage if airlines are buying that particular type.
Can anyone share more technical information about the problems IB has had operating the A346!!!!!!