spantax
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Iberia Timetables

Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:22 pm

Hi, somebody out there knows if Iberia has decided to discontinue the publication on paper of its timetable? I've been asking at different Spanish airports to get a copy, but they don't have any more and nobody knows wha'ts happening with this. Thanks.
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jsnww81
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RE: Iberia Timetables

Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:28 pm

I'm not sure either. I still haven't found a Winter 2006-2007 copy yet, let alone the new summer edition. I also haven't seen a Spanair timetable in about a year. I'm headed to MAD and LIS in a few weeks and will be looking again then.

Knowing Iberia, somebody just fell asleep at the switch and forgot to order them.

There have been times I've asked for a timetable at their ticket desk in Madrid, and the staff says "oh, we don't print those anymore, you have to go on the internet now" - and then I point out that there's a huge stack of timetables on the counter behind her. Some of the laziest folks in the airline biz work at IB, but that's a story for another thread.  Smile
 
Viscount724
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RE: Iberia Timetables

Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:40 am

Many carriers have eliminated paper timetables. A few in Europe still issue them including LH and LX, but with all the changes they're never 100% accurate even when they're printed with publication deadlines and last minute changes etc. Much better to get current information from the website.

I'm not sure if any US carriers still issue a paper timetable. I don't think so. Believe they were eliminated a few years ago. I also haven't seen a BA system timetable for qujite a while.
 
jsnww81
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RE: Iberia Timetables

Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:43 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
I'm not sure if any US carriers still issue a paper timetable. I don't think so. Believe they were eliminated a few years ago. I also haven't seen a BA system timetable for qujite a while.

Southwest is the only one. With all the point-to-point flying they do, it's actually kind of fun to browse through. They tried eliminating them a few years ago, but there was enough of an outcry from frequent fliers that they brought them back.

BA still publish timetables, although they're very hard to come by. They only keep them in first class lounges, and they print a finite amount so they usually disappear quickly. They're pretty slim - literally only flight schedules, and they only show aircraft type for widebody services.

Meanwhile Lufthansa beefed up their timetables again about a year ago, bringing back aircraft diagrams, color route maps and listed aircraft types for each flight. Iberia's schedules were some of the better ones out there too, so hopefully they haven't done away with them. Supposedly South African may be the next to cut them, as part of their cost-reduction efforts.

I always loved the old SAS Travel Books... too bad SAS axed them in 2004. Emirates still prints a doozy of a timetable, as you'd expect.
 
Viscount724
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RE: Iberia Timetables

Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:01 am

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 3):
Meanwhile Lufthansa beefed up their timetables again about a year ago, bringing back aircraft diagrams, color route maps and listed aircraft types for each flight.

Yes I have a copy of the LH timetable that expired March 24. It has 360 pages. But the prize for the thickest timetable must go to AF. The one that expired March 24 has 576 pages.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 3):
I always loved the old SAS Travel Books... too bad SAS axed them in 2004.

I agree, that was an good publication. I used to keep one just for the general travel information on Scandinavia, city information, maps etc.
 
jsnww81
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RE: Iberia Timetables

Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:35 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
I agree, that was an good publication. I used to keep one just for the general travel information on Scandinavia, city information, maps etc.

Yes, they were great. After they dropped the Travel Book, SAS published regional timetables (Denmark, Sweden) for about a year, then dropped those too. SAS Braathens published timetables as recently as last summer, but I haven't seen any new ones lately.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
But the prize for the thickest timetable must go to AF. The one that expired March 24 has 576 pages.

It's a big one all right. I just wished it listed aircraft type for each route, since that's what I find most interesting. They used to publish all the schedules with equipment at the back of each timetable, but stopped sometime in 2003-2004.

Some of the Asian carriers, like SQ, TG and VN, publish nice timetables as well. Malaysia used to print huge schedules but they appear to have stopped. Air India wins the award for most confusing timetable format.
 
JoFMO
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RE: Iberia Timetables

Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:27 pm

It is so sad that most airlines don't print timetables anymore.

Not only for collectors, but I also find them in many cases much more comfortable than going into the net and looking up for a connection there. You also either have no internet connection or no computer, while the little pocket books are always at hand (unless i forgot it at home  Wink

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