Airboeing
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Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 6:57 am

Ola !

In june I will be flying Air Europa and I have a connection in Madrid of 8 hours long...

So I have questions :

- How is Air Europa ? I've never travelled with them.
- Is it possible to choose the seat from a web site prior to checking ?
- Is there something cool to do in Madrid's Airport during the day, or a nice spotting point ?
- Is there enough time to go and enjoy the city itself ? If yes, what's the better way of doing that ?

Muchas gracias a todos los que pueden ayudarme ! (and sorry if it's not correct spanish, it's been a long time since school Big grin)
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oakjam
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 8:06 am

Hello Airboeing:

With +8 Hrs of a connection you have time to take the subway from Terminal 2. Note that if you are transferring between Terminals 1, 2 & 4, there is a shuttle that goes from the lower terminals (1&2) to Terminal 4 it's about less than 10 mins ride. But If you are going to Madrid take the Subway from T2 and transfer at Nuevos Ministerios to other lines within the system and enjoy Madrid. I love Madrid and visited twice from Oakland, CA, USA. Plane spotting is good from The New Terminal, from the old terminals (1& 2) you can see all the arrivals and have them take a long taxi (specially if you on Iberia) to the new terminals. Or a long taxi if you are departing and are coming from the old terminals to teminals.
 
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 3:42 pm

You should really go to downtown Madrid, like already pointed out. If you are flying UX on all your segments, you will arrive and depart in the original terminal complex (T1/2/3), which is well connected to the Madrid Métro. The subway will take you downtown in about 30 minutes each way and is really inexpensive (1 Euro for a single ticket). For more information, you may want to visit http://www.metromadrid.es.

I have flown UX domestically, and on such short routes they are a low cost/ no frills carrier like any other.
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Airboeing
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 4:03 pm

Thanks a lot !

I will endeed arrive at terminal 2 and depart at terminal 1.
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Skyteam10001
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 4:30 pm

I flew UX for the first time last sunday from CDG to AGP, and I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the cabin. I flew on a B738 with all leather seats and a good seat pitch, which seemed at least higher than on AF short haul planes (I may be wrong but that is the impression I got). However, what was not so good is that you have to pay for anything you want to drink/eat in the plane. I was on an AF ticket since the flight was a codeshare, and I felt surprised that AF would stick its code on a flight which service was definitely low frills.

A.

PS : on another note, UX is supposed to join SkyTeam as an associate airline, but we haven't heard anything on when that would happen since the annoucement that the joining process had begun, last year...
 
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 4:37 pm

Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
Is there something cool to do in Madrid's Airport during the day, or a nice spotting point ?

There's a nice spotting point (a small hill) close to the street to Paracuellos del Jarama (where the tunnel begins) and very close to a roundabout. Unfortunately, there's no public transportation to get there.

You could go to the cafeteria in T2 (where the check-in counters are located), a comfortable place for spotting (but not for taking quality pictures, as the windows are usually dirty). No outdoor terrace there.

Quoting Airboeing (Thread starter):
- How is Air Europa ? I've never travelled with them.

Air Europa has a modern fleet of B737-800 (Next Generation), don't expect an excellent seat pitch, and there's food for sale service called "Gusto plus".

A picture of the cabin during a flight:


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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 4:52 pm

Quoting Airboeing (Reply 3):
depart at terminal 1.

It seems that you will take a long-haul flight as you are departing from terminal 1. You will be flying on the brand-new A330-200 if your destination is Havana, Santo Domingo or Punta Cana, with a modern In-flight entertainment and PTVs in economy class.
 
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Wed May 10, 2006 5:08 pm

BTW, here you can see the new leather seats on UX's B737-800  Smile :


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Airboeing
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Thu May 11, 2006 5:05 am

I like that cabin  Smile

Thanks IberiaA319, I'll make up my mind (City or spotting or both ?) when I am there, depending on the weather, even if Madrid in June should be OK !

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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Thu May 11, 2006 5:13 am

If you've never been to Madrid, and you have an 8 hour layover, by all means go into the city center....most of what you'd spot can be seen anywhere, but there is only ONE Madrid. Have some Tapas and Sangria and enjoy one of my most favorite cities!
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Airboeing
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RE: Air Europa And MAD

Thu May 11, 2006 3:53 pm

Yeah I'll probably do that...
I've already been in the Madrid area, but didn't really enjoyed the city itself...
It has a reputation of being a very great city at night, too bad I'm not staying longer there !

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