Delta763ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
Well, the time finally came, for Iberia to retire its fleet of 8, hard-working, reliable DC-10-30's. I have flown in a few of their DC-10's and over the years, Iberia has been able to establish themselves as the biggest European airline serving Latin America. Now the A340 will substitute the DC-10 and the Boeing 747's are left to retire. DO you think Iberia will retire the B 747's with new B 747-400's or new A-340's? Tell me which type would solve their replacement problem.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3516 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1086 times:
Yes, you're right. Iberia just retired its last DC-10, a type that is now replaced with the A340. The JFK-BCN flight was until now a DC-10. I booked a trip to New York with Iberia last year, I was scheduled to go through Madrid on the outbound segment. I wanted to fly back to Brussels through Barcelona for two reasons: I like the Barcelona airport and I wanted to fly one last time on a DC-10 before they would be phased out. But unfortunately the airline called me to change my flights, going through Madrid instead of Barcelona because I had to go through Madrid to pay the lowest fare. I was so disappointed that I decided not to buy the ticket. I chose instead American which which I had the same fare.
They do still have 747-200's, I saw one in JFK the other day. Those will also be phased out in the near future, the replacement will either be the 747-400 or the A340. But I doubt they will order 747-400's. They will more likely order additional A340's.