Pe@rson
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Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:04 pm

You often hear pretty bad things about IB on its long-haul flights, but what about on domestic and European flights? I ask because I have found a £40 one-way deal, including tax, from AGP to LHR via BCN, onboard an M81 and 752, which I might take advantage of.

Do you still get a meal and drink? I ask because IB is apparently a full-frills airline.
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:16 pm

Nope, catering it is all "Tu Menu" now, i.e. you pay for what you want in Peasant Class.

I'd say a product like this can only be sold about the price, if it's cheap, it is good value, otherwise, I'd stear clear of this supposedly "full frills airline" service.
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:18 pm

£40 seems very good!
Iberia has stopped free drinks and food on short flights. So you will have to buy refreshments, should you want any. I have also heard that they are expensive and that often the stock is lvery limited.
However, I have a feeling that the LHR-BCN is actually operated by BA as a codeshare (IB tend to use A320s on that route, whilst BA use a mix, including 757s), so you would get free food and drink!
The AGP-BCN leg is unlikely to be on a MD81 (IB don't have any!), but a MD87 or MD88.
 
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:19 pm

It's pretty much the same as a LCC, such as Easyjet. There is a menu which you have to pay for. The cabin crew are usually young and friendly.

It's no longer full-service airline in economy - but the service is ok - but nothing special. That's a good fare. Just over a week ago I went MAD-TFN-MAD on a day trip for £70 on the B744. They certainly have good offers.
 
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:22 pm

If the LHR-BCN leg flight number begins with 7, it's operated by BA. If it begins with a 3 it is operated by IB (although there was recently a wet leased Iberia A320 operating for BA recently due to a/c shortages - but I don't think that it was on the BCN route).
 
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:23 pm

I always liked the service on Iberia's European flights, but last time I flought with Iberia, they were still serving meals... now they don't serve any meal in (I think) less than 4h fligts.
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:31 pm

Thanks for your speedy replies.  Smile

Opodo.co.uk states that the AGP-BCN is operated by the M81 but if they don't have any then obviously it can't be. The BCN-LHR service would indeed be operated by BA.
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:38 pm


If you ever get the chance to fly on Air Nostrum (flight number in the IB 8000 range), go for it: not only is the service free, it´s business class throughout the plane. Great little airline, I hope they can keep up that unique approach which most if not all other regional carriers have abandonned.

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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:44 pm

My girl friend just came back from ORD via MAD on IB and she had to agree with me that the European service is okay, although I still had the benefit of free food with them, which was good as long as it wasn't breakfast.

Offer sounds good, go for it!
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Mon Jan 24, 2005 11:00 pm

Pe@rson,

We don´t have any MD-81, but our MD-87 which are being retrofitted with more seats due to some galleys being removed, are called that way for all our staff to know which seating plan they are dealing with.
Same happens with the A-320: 320 means 150 seats and 32S means 162 seats and less galleys and no closets at the back.

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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:15 am

I really dont know how IB, a supposedly full service carrier gets away with charging for a cuppa or a sandwich on flights as long as 3 hours duration!

I thought all alliance airlines had to offer a standard product!
 
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:26 am

Orion737:

AA is going towards a similar approach of charging for food depending on flight times.

In these competitive times with low cost carriers...its no longer what a "full service carrier can get away with" its about cutting costs so that you can remain profitable while competing with the low cost carriers.

Its that simple.
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:40 am

Well Orion737 you thought wrong, Airlines within an alliance have to cater for their own particular markets, it's obvious IB and CX for example have completely different scenarios and adjust their products to them. But still share an alliance which benefits both by offering quick and easy connections in markets they don't operate among other things.
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:54 am

Bullpitt, although I agree with you... ##still share an alliance which benefits both by offering quick and easy connections in markets they don't operate among other things##
...I don't agree with that new Iberia policy to charge meals on board and at least, IB should having hot meals on "Tu menú" (also called "tu pagas- you pay it" Big grin )
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RE: Iberia On Domestic And European Flights

Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:09 am

Recently flew IB MAD-BIO, A320, total air time 36 min each way!

On such a short flight absoultly no complaints. No real on board service, but who needed it? There was a pay menu, but I didn't see anybody use it.

Seats were assigned, loading was quick and painless, there was no stuffing around with the aircraft, push back was on time, going, was 10 late comming back as aircraft was 20 min late arriving BIO.

All in all an excellent short haul domestic flight.

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