Wolkenridder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
I have plans to go to Mexico in November and wanted to fly Air Madrid advertised non-stop A330 service MAD-CUN-MAD.
A couple of weeks ago, they were advertising Cancun as a destination with promo offer of 429 eur round trip, but just yesterday, when I went into the web site in order to see fares and book my tickets, I realised that Cancun is not in their destination map anymore. Also no fares for Cancun are shown, and no possibilities to book a flight to that airport is available.
Does anyone know why they decided to drop Cancun from their destination network? It's really a pity, I was very happy that this new carrier was going to tie Madrid with Cancun.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2418 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
I don't know why they drop Cancun, but I was considering flying with them since their fare system is very good... I mean, Y and D fares are very competitive for one-way trips. And you can, most likely, always find a Y and D fares available. Hope they launch CUN and MEX sometime...
Wolkenridder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
They will start operations the end of May only ex-MAD since as their name says, they are Madrid's airline. Dunno whether later on they will arrange connections from other parts of Spain to their destinations in America, that's a good question, someone can help us with this? Still waiting some answers from other "A.netters" in Spain. Donde estáis???
La web es www.airmadrid.com
Vielen Dank für den Tip! Werde mal gucken!
Don't have any idea about where does their fleet come from though. Hope they will increase it soon since they wanna fly to a lot of places and they just have 2 planes.
Taca From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2013, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
I know that this is not the "best" solution, but you may fly MAD-SJO-CUN in a combination Air Madrid-TACA.
"El vuelo entre Madrid y San José de Costa Rica el próximo 30 de mayo inaugurará la actividad de Air Madrid, la primera aerolínea española de bajo coste cuyo nacimiento fue anunciado el pasado mes de enero durante la celebración de la feria del turismo, Fitur".
I just saw this article through internet, and maybe is cheaper than IB. Just maybe!
Sorry for the statement in Spanish (no translation available).
Wolkenridder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Sorry for not getting your question correctly. Actually your question is very good, honestly hadn't thought about that before! I guess they will contract GSAs at the beginning in the countries they are flying to in order to serve traffic ex-America. Look at destinations like LIM or BOG, I'm sure they opened them mainly due to ethnic traffic, so they must be able to sell tickets over there as well. I think that will come later on.
Thanx for the tip. I would LOVE to see Costa Rica on my way to Mexico, so if I would have enough holidays I would go via SJO even if it would be a bit more expensive, but unfortunately I only have a few days so I may use the most direct route possible. I guess I will have to fly Iberia or AeroMexico to MEX (I will go to both CUN and MEX, so for me it's the same to enter Mexico at one airport or the other).
BTW: it's great news that we will have a first non-stop service from Madrid to beautyful Costa Rica. I think the only non-stop service available from SJO to Europe is Martinair's 767 service to AMS, isn't it? Or does it stop at MIA?
Can you give me more info on traffic Costa Rica-Europe, Taca?
As we discussed in another forum, I don't see it too clear for Air Madrid either (vamos, que no lo veo muy claro). Hope they wont be another "cutre" carrier like Air Pullmantur or those low cost that don't have any style at all. At the beginning I thought they were what Spain is needing but I feel a bit disappointed about them as well, and they didn't even start yet!!!
We have to observe their steps very carefully!!! Hope we are wrong though, I really was very happy for our country's commercial aviation scene...
Bullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 9 Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
Although I work for IB now I still think that competition is good for everybody, fair competition that is.
I also hope Air Madrid finds its place in the market and makes IB work even harder to provide a better service to our customers.
We have improved very much in the last few years. Air Europa and Spanair made IB change back in the 80's, and LCC and new operators will make us work even harder in the future. I also think the new Barajas will bring important changes in the aviation industry in Spain. We'll see what happens soon.
These are my principles but if you don't like them I have others
Bullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 9 Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
I flew IB from MAD to JNB and from SCL to MAD and the service was similar to what I remember from BA for example. I do agree that I was impressed with LAN from SYD to SCL the service was great, but then again one flight doesn't mean much. QF which I have flown on several occasions also have a good product but not that different from IB, the only great difference is the IFE which although I don't really care about it, I love a good book and a chance to read it. I do agree, specially traveling with children, its a good service to provide.
Like I have said in other posts, Service is comprised of many factors and I think IB are making a great effort in some of them. Lately our puntuality is above the other European airlines, Our call center is among the best in the world ( We attend in Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Dutch) can any one beat this? And we are in line with the best as far as % luggage late or lost.
I do agree with you some of our long haul (MIA) need to be improved and I believe the company is making an effort to do so, although this sometimes takes time.
These are my principles but if you don't like them I have others
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 61 Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
I just flew Iberia on the Madrid-Chicago-Madrid route and I will write a report about that. I have always said that Iberia is not bad (Domestic, European or Transatlantic) but it can be better. This time I really hope that the service I recieved on both MAD-ORD and ORD-MAD was not just good luck. Both flights were great, with on-time departures/arrivals, very good meals, lots of free ham&cheese sandwiches during the flight and between meals, and most important: cabin crew members were nice, kind and willing to make our flights as good as possible. Even the captain addressed the passengers describing the entire route, waypoints, weather, etcetera. I had only received that kind of service on a Delta flight between JFK and MAD. This time Iberia has amazed me.
I´ll try them again next month on another long haul flight to Guatemala City. Let´s see if the good attitude remains or if it was just good luck as I said.
Other important thing is that both cabin crews on MAD-ORD & ORD-MAD flights were a lot younger (between 25-30 & 35-40 y/o) than the typical old IB transatlantic crews (50+), as well as the cabin crew on the MAD-UIO-MAD last october...they were pretty young too.
Encima en el MAD-ORD una de las "asistentes de vuelo" era quizá la más guapa y la más buena que jamás haya visto en Iberia...unos 28 años, rubia, delgada, muy alta (1.80 aprox) y con tipo que parecía una modelo...y además simpática...