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Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:17 am

Miami Today News is reporting that Air Madrid will be flying Miami-Barcelona, which goes along with the rumours that have been said. The Barcelona flight will be routed MAD-BCN-MIA-BCN-MAD on one of Air Madrid's four weekly flights that will start 30 October 2006 pending government approval. Reservation systems (where NM has loaded flights but with 0 availability until DOT approval) still only show MIA-MAD non-stops, however.

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http://miamitodaynews.com/news/060713/story1.shtml
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:20 am

It's about time we saw this city pair. I would think given the traffic between Miami and Spain we would have seen this some time ago. Nonetheless I am glad to see it happening.
 
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:09 am

Would Air Madrid increase the frequency if this flight does well? Once weekly wont be much use to attract the high yielding business passengers
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:29 am

Quoting Humberside (Reply 2):
Would Air Madrid increase the frequency if this flight does well? Once weekly wont be much use to attract the high yielding business passengers

They are not aiming at business passengers here. They aren't a business passenger oriented airline.

However, I was just told that Air Madrid's tentative schedule to MIA (which varies from the one put in the GDS) will involve 2x BCN/2x MAD. It makes sense if you look at their current schedule of SuMo / ThFr. The plane can fly MAD-MIA-BCN-MIA-MAD.

However, the Barcelona service has not been given the final green light.
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:53 am

I hope this one is true. NM has had many plans to start up longhaul routes out of BCN, such as BCN-SJO, which was announced in another forum yet hasn't happened after almost 2 years.
 
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:13 am

Just an update. I was able to speak to an Air Madrid rep who corrected the article for me. When service launches in the fall, it will only be MIA-MAD. However, Air Madrid does plan to begin MIA-BCN service in addition to the 4x MIA-MAD service in 2007, hopefully in time for the Barcelona tourist/cruise season which starts off in June.
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:22 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
However, Air Madrid does plan to begin MIA-BCN service in addition to the 4x MIA-MAD service in 2007, hopefully in time for the Barcelona tourist/cruise season which starts off in June.

In other words wishful thinking from an airline with ambitious plans... This reaks of the likes of America West in the year 1991 with Nagoya and Honolulu. A third rate Spanish airline on a low yielding route sich as MIA-BCN will suffer at best and retreat to better yielding markets...

Again, this route is not scheduled, nor has it been formally announced. As of this point this thread is based on a RUMOR
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:36 pm

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
Just an update. I was able to speak to an Air Madrid rep who corrected the article for me. When service launches in the fall, it will only be MIA-MAD. However, Air Madrid does plan to begin MIA-BCN service in addition to the 4x MIA-MAD service in 2007, hopefully in time for the Barcelona tourist/cruise season which starts off in June.

What's happening to LAX-MAD? Is it official or not?
 
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:57 pm

Quoting BALAX (Reply 7):

What's happening to LAX-MAD? Is it official or not?

Yes. It is in GDS already. Starts this fall, 2x a week.
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:17 pm

LAX Schedule is loaded, but is already zeroed out. Not very good! This happened with AZ when the attempted to re-enter LAX in 2004, and the flight was zeroed out before it was pulled.

NM2132 D0 B0 K0 N0 T0 O0 Q0 /LAX MAD 1 930P 600P+1E0/332 11:30
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:26 pm

Good its about time. Maybe next year I will go to Spain, probaly MAD with them.

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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:08 am

Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 9):
LAX Schedule is loaded, but is already zeroed out. Not very good! This happened with AZ when the attempted to re-enter LAX in 2004, and the flight was zeroed out before it was pulled.

It is zeroed out because if they attempeted to sell ticket, they would get fined by DOT since DOT still has not given them final approval, which should come within two weeks.
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:11 am

I assume both destinations are A330-200 routes?
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RE: Air Madrid To Fly MIA-BCN

Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:42 am

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 12):
I assume both destinations are A330-200 routes?

A330-300 to MIA; A330-200 to LAX.
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