realsim From Spain, joined Apr 2010, 662 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6442 times:
Today I was looking at the OneWorld route map, which is usually very accurate and gets the routes directly from the GDS, and I noticed that there were two non-stop routes from MAD which don't have any direct service yet: SFO and LAS. I've looked at the dates the non-stop flights will operate and I've seen that these flights are bookable at www.iberia.com.
The flights are operated as a stop between MAD and LAX. Non-stop flights are bookable for a 4-5 days trip to SFO or LAS from MAD. The legs between SFO/LAS and LAX are only for positioning the aircraft back to MAD. Passengers on board the scheduled MAD-LAX or LAX-MAD flights these particular days will have an unusual stop. Finally, the poor passengers on board the MAD-MIA flight on May 23 will be routed via... LAS.
IB6123 MAD 0945 - 1715 LAS 346 29MAY2012
IB6128 LAS 1845 - 1440 MAD 346 29MAY2012
IB6125 MAD 0955 - 1725 LAS 346 29MAY2012
IB6126 LAS 1855 - 1450 MAD 346 29MAY2012
A photo of an Iberia aircraft at SFO will be unusual, but maybe in the future IB could try to operate a regular MAD-SFO route some times a week. However, two A340-600 from IB at LAS at the same time is something that we may not see never again.
as739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6234 times:
I don't see IB flying to SFO as there is a very weak Oneworld presence here. The Oneworld carriers that fly here can independently, were as IB from MAD wouldn't have the demand. But, I could see IB doing a number of charters in the future when SF host America's Cup.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
migair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1856 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5240 times:
It will be nice to see a pic of an IB346 with the casinos in the background.
I don´t IB will operate Schedule to SFO, but maybe increase freqs to LAX could be... Right now they don´t have any plane to upgrade or create new routes but maybe when they start getting the A330´s they could start adding freqs or opening some new routes...
I also hope they will add more West Africa routes slowly like they are doing with ACC and NCK.
TWA85 From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4617 times:
SFO would be a great destination for IB to add to its network. This might sound a little odd, but could IB operating the charter flights to get a feel of how non-stop scheduled flights from MAD-SFO-MAD would preform?