realsim
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IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:49 pm

Today I was looking at the OneWorld route map, which is usually very accurate and gets the routes directly from the GDS, and I noticed that there were two non-stop routes from MAD which don't have any direct service yet: SFO and LAS. I've looked at the dates the non-stop flights will operate and I've seen that these flights are bookable at www.iberia.com.

The flights are operated as a stop between MAD and LAX. Non-stop flights are bookable for a 4-5 days trip to SFO or LAS from MAD. The legs between SFO/LAS and LAX are only for positioning the aircraft back to MAD. Passengers on board the scheduled MAD-LAX or LAX-MAD flights these particular days will have an unusual stop. Finally, the poor passengers on board the MAD-MIA flight on May 23 will be routed via... LAS.

IB6173 MAD 1235 - 1630 SFO 340 13APR2012
IB6173 SFO 1805 - 1925 LAX 340 13APR2012
IB6174 LAX 2105 - 1725 MAD 340 13APR2012

IB6171 MAD 1235 - 1615 LAX 340 18APR2012
IB6176 LAX 1750 - 1915 SFO 340 18APR2012
IB6176 SFO 2055 - 1715 MAD 340 18APR2012

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IB6175 MAD 1235 - 1555 LAS 340 05MAR2012
IB6175 LAS 1725 - 1840 LAX 340 05MAR2012
IB6170 LAX 2020 - 1640 MAD 340 05MAR2012

IB6171 MAD 1235 - 1615 LAX 340 09MAR2012
IB6176 LAX 1755 - 1910 LAS 340 09MAR2012
IB6176 LAS 2040 - 1635 MAD 340 09MAR2012

IB6121 MAD 1200 - 1520 LAS 346 23MAY2012
IB6121 LAS 1655 - 0030 MIA 346 23MAY2012
IB6120 MIA 0210 - 1645 LAS 346 24MAY2012

IB6175 MAD 1235 - 1555 LAS 346 23MAY2012
IB6175 LAS 1730 - 1845 LAX 346 23MAY2012
IB6170 LAX 2025 - 1645 MAD 346 23MAY2012

IB6123 MAD 0945 - 1715 LAS 346 29MAY2012
IB6128 LAS 1845 - 1440 MAD 346 29MAY2012

IB6125 MAD 0955 - 1725 LAS 346 29MAY2012
IB6126 LAS 1855 - 1450 MAD 346 29MAY2012

A photo of an Iberia aircraft at SFO will be unusual, but maybe in the future IB could try to operate a regular MAD-SFO route some times a week. However, two A340-600 from IB at LAS at the same time is something that we may not see never again.
 
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RE: IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:31 pm

I don't see IB flying to SFO as there is a very weak Oneworld presence here. The Oneworld carriers that fly here can independently, were as IB from MAD wouldn't have the demand. But, I could see IB doing a number of charters in the future when SF host America's Cup.
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crownvic
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RE: IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:22 am

Are these flights already partially pre-booked for a certain tour operator, or are they wide open public charters for anyone to book? Sounds interesting!
 
LV
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RE: IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:58 am

I can't wait to see IB at LAS
 
migair54
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RE: IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:08 am

It will be nice to see a pic of an IB346 with the casinos in the background.

I don´t IB will operate Schedule to SFO, but maybe increase freqs to LAX could be... Right now they don´t have any plane to upgrade or create new routes but maybe when they start getting the A330´s they could start adding freqs or opening some new routes...

I also hope they will add more West Africa routes slowly like they are doing with ACC and NCK.
 
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RE: IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:58 pm

Could LAS support at least a twice weekly IB MAD non-stop both ways service year around?.
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TWA85
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RE: IB To Operate 8 Charter Flights To SFO And LAS

Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:33 pm

SFO would be a great destination for IB to add to its network. This might sound a little odd, but could IB operating the charter flights to get a feel of how non-stop scheduled flights from MAD-SFO-MAD would preform?