Alpere1 From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 639 times:
long time ago, before sept. 11th I had heard Iberia had to make a decission to renovate their old 747-200 fleet
but ever since then I haven't heard anything about it, they were thinking of the A380, A340-600, or even B744
Does anybody have any news about what they are going to do?
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4183 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 525 times:
We had this topic recently, nonetheless:
The choice is down to the B777-300ER and the A340-600 with the -600 considered to be the front-runner due to the existing A340-300 and A32X fleet. Around 10 frames will be ordered to replace the B747-200 and -300 currently owned/leased.
The A380 is currently considered to be too big although this is an option for the future, rumours last year suggested that IB could lease two from GECAS. No word about the B747-400.
On the narrowbody-side IB will standarize on the A32X family which means that the B757-200s are on their way out as far as I know.
AA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 460 times:
El AL--I think it's in Iberia's corporate charter that they have to have at least one of every type of commercial airliner in their fleet. You doubt it? Just look at the ramp in MAD! There are more different types of planes there than at the boneyard at Mojave . TC
Alpere1 From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 456 times:
Thank you Flying -Tiger for your help,
I do believe A380 would be too big for Iberia's overseas operations, the A340-600 seems to be the most reasonable choice as the existing A340 crews would be easily trainned with a low cost for the company, and seamlessly fly all the A340 fleet.
However, I'd love to see and fly B777 in IB's livery.
About the A32X flleet and B757-200 fleet, Iberia thought of having an Airbus fleet with A320, A321 and A319, but there were a lot of problems with A321s because the pilots union did not accept to fly A321 under the same salary category as A320 - like the company wanted. I don´t know wether this dispute is over or not, if it was succesfully solved for the company interests it is very likely that the B757 will leave the fleet and more A321s are dued to arrive
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33997 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 405 times:
The A380 is not to big for Iberia's trans-Atlantics to Miami, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires. All three cities have very strong ties to Spain and Madrid is the largest trans-Atlantic destination from each.
Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 349 times:
The 757 isn't on it's way out of the fleet. Some of them have been delivered last year so don't expect them to go anywhere soon. But I do admit that it doesn't really fit into the fleet but the guys in MAD must know why they were ordered...