>>>Iberia have announced that they are returning the A321 in favour of keeping the 757 - which was ordered for the canarias markets. For me not a wise move...
If that is the case, I agree - giving up the 321 for the 757 seems to be not particularly smart. The 757 might however become a tool to connect secondary Spanish makets directly with for example the Caribbean or MIA - bypassing congested MAD. CU flew their IL62 into Vitoria for a time. In any case, the 321 should be retained, imho, to have greater flexibility on European routes.
>>>The beauty of a single fleet airline is that any aircraft can operate any route. If IB buy 2 A340-600's and one goes tech... they are in trouble.. If they add a few more -300's they have a dozen to choose from.
Taking 2-5 might be only the beginning. And the probability a 340-600 goes technical is certainly smaller that for a 20 year old 747. Those will have to be replaced at some stage in the not too distant future. And if IB need an aircraft with a 747´s capacity (which they apparently do), the 340-600 is the only logical solution if you already have the 340-300. You just can´t replace 1 747 with 1.66 340-300s, especially on slot restricted airports.
>>>I propose Iberia should focus on the following:
Nothing more, nothing less.
IF Iberia manage not to become a niche carrier the gap between the 321´s 186 setas and the 340-300´s 277 seats is too big. The 757/767 family in all its 5 variants would neatly fit in there.
>>>The A340 is not a profitable short haul aircraft.
Exactly, and that´s why you need a designated short/medium haul aircraft bigger than the 321 for trunk routes.