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SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:20 am

SIA has changed their GRU-BCN Timing as follows (As per their booking engine)

Singapore – Barcelona – Sao Paulo
Schedule from Northern Winter 2012
SQ068 SIN2345 – 0645+1BCN0805+1 – 1615+1GRU 77W 357
SQ067 GRU1745 – 0710+1BCN0915+1 – 0500+2SIN 77W 146

Current Schedule
SQ068 SIN0020 – 0720BCN0840 – 1655GRU 77W 146
SQ067 GRU0225 – 1550BCN1710 – 1255+1SIN 77W 257

This means the plane can turn around in GRU in just 90 mins, and negates the nearly 9 hour turnaround today which should help utilisation very well. It also ensures better connections for BCN-SIN pax who wish to go directly to Australian and NZ, which under the previous schedule had a 6-8 hour transit time in SIN.

Considering GRU is heavily slot constrained, how did SIA miraculously get that slot?

IB's BCN-GRU-BCN flights continue to operate twice a week with the following timings:


GRUBCN Depart 13:45 Arrive 05:45

BCN GRU

Wed Depart 23:50 Arrive 06:20
Fri Depart 21:00 Arrive 03:30
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:47 am

Quoting Docpepz (Thread starter):
IB's BCN-GRU-BCN flights continue to operate twice a week with the following timings:


Rumour has it that IB will suspend its BCN-GRU flights come the northern winter timetable.

[Edited 2012-08-18 02:49:49]
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:03 am

When I flew SIN-BCN-GRU in December, Only 32 of 222 pax originated in SIN. Everyone else originated in Barcelona, and there were no Spanish or Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board. Menus were in English and Spanish, though I understand SQ has since added Portuguese.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:15 am

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 1):
Rumour has it that IB will suspend its BCN-GRU flights come the northern winter timetable.

That is my understanding as well though we could be easily surprised.

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 2):
When I flew SIN-BCN-GRU in December, Only 32 of 222 pax originated in SIN. Everyone else originated in Barcelona, and there were no Spanish or Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board. Menus were in English and Spanish, though I understand SQ has since added Portuguese.

No surprise here, this route without the fifth-freedom rights had absolutely no future. With EK and QR flying to BCN, SQ must have seen a fall in the amount of connecting traffic to SE Asia/OZ.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:44 am

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 2):
Menus were in English and Spanish, though I understand SQ has since added Portuguese.

I took the BCN-SIN-BCN legs of those flights last month and indeed menus and announcements were also in Portuguese.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:57 am

Quoting Docpepz (Thread starter):
Considering GRU is heavily slot constrained, how did SIA miraculously get that slot?

Most slot restrictions have to do with parking stands and gate positions. The fact that SQ applied for immediate turnaround at GRU must have done the trick.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:17 am

Looks like this plane is utilized to the max! If there was a little delay on any of the segments (i.e. sin-bcn) then those in gru would definitely feel it.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:11 am

The current SIN-Brazil ASA allows for 14 frequencies to Brazil by a Singaporean carrier, of which a maximum of 3 can be into GRU. SQ of course wants this route to go daily, I'm not sure who's going to lobby on their behalf seeing as Spanair in BCN is gone, and TAM is probably going to Oneworld.

I understand the Catalonian government lobbied on SQ's behalf (with Spanair of course) for this route.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:23 am

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 7):

The current SIN-Brazil ASA allows for 14 frequencies to Brazil by a Singaporean carrier, of which a maximum of 3 can be into GRU. SQ of course wants this route to go daily, I'm not sure who's going to lobby on their behalf seeing as Spanair in BCN is gone, and TAM is probably going to Oneworld.

I understand the Catalonian government lobbied on SQ's behalf (with Spanair of course) for this route.

If IB does end up pulling out of the route then we could see the Catalonian regional government lobbying authorities, but given the dismal fiscal position of the region and the demise of Spanair I would imagine there are other priorities on the table.

In any case, SQ would probably be better off moving this route to MAD and alternating between GIG and GRU.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:13 pm

There you go, the confirmation:




IBERIA Cancels Barcelona – Sao Paulo Service from late-Oct 2012

by JL


Update at 0155GMT 19AUG12

AS per 19AUG12 GDS Inventory display, IBERIA starting 31OCT12 is cancelling its two weekly Barcelona – Sao Paulo service. Reservation for this twice weekly service, launched on 19JUN11, is now closed.

Previously planned schedule in Northern Winter 2012 season:

IB6853 BCN2100 – 0330+1GRU 340 7
IB6853 BCN2350 – 0620+1GRU 340 3

IB6852 GRU1345 – 0535+1BCN 340 14



source: www.sirliners.net


The route is now solely for SQ. I do not sii how moving to MAD would work better for SQ, more I can see SQ having 3 flights each to GRU/GIG via BCN, so the flight can be detached from MXP

It is a pity IB cannot commit to BCN and leaves the pie for foreign carriers, although they have their own struggle and having just 2 long haul from BCN did not make sense. In the end they could not compete with SQ who are now quite established.

IB timing were very bad as well.

[Edited 2012-08-19 06:15:27]
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:45 pm

Hmmm i find it very odd, IB has strong brand recognition in Brazil and Spain. I doubt most people in Brazil can point where Singapore is, and SQ has no home market advantage in either Spain or Brazil, would probably have low brand recognition. Further SQ has no Spanish nor Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:20 pm

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 10):
Hmmm i find it very odd, IB has strong brand recognition in Brazil and Spain. I doubt most people in Brazil can point where Singapore is, and SQ has no home market advantage in either Spain or Brazil, would probably have low brand recognition. Further SQ has no Spanish nor Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board.

I don't think brand recognition is the problem here, but the lack of aircraft Iberia has been suffering for quite some time as well as their current financial situation. Hence, having only 2 long haul routes from Barcelona (and the cost of the frequent A340 rotations between MAD and BCN) may have not been the best idea and as we know, they have already pulled out of the BCN-MIA route which is now operated by AA.

IB is very well established on MAD-GRU flights anyway.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:55 pm

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 10):
where Singapore is, and SQ has no home market advantage in either Spain or Brazil, would probably have low brand recognition. Further SQ has no Spanish nor Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board.

The problem is: IB has a bad reputation in Brazil. The airline is associated with a poor inflight product and rude crews. Also the problem with brazilians at spanish immigration checkpoints (mostly at MAD) also hurted Iberia's loads in Brazil since many brazilians are avoiding using Spain as their first stop and connecting point in Europe.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:18 pm

Quoting AF086 (Reply 12):
The problem is: IB has a bad reputation in Brazil. The airline is associated with a poor inflight product and rude crews. Also the problem with brazilians at spanish immigration checkpoints (mostly at MAD) also hurted Iberia's loads in Brazil since many brazilians are avoiding using Spain as their first stop and connecting point in Europe.

The above sounds more like a personal opinion (which of course is allowed, but can be misleading) than a proven fact. IB's BCN-GRU flights started a short time ago while the supposed problems encountered by brazilian nationals at Spanish passport controls have been around for years. Besides, it's not only brazilians that book those flights.

The problem is, as i pointed out on my previous post, that IB just doesn't have enough resources right now to keep those routes alive and want to focus on those routes that give them the highest yields. It's the same reason why they decided to let AA operate the flights between BCN and MIA.

They have cancelled several long haul routes in the last months (COR, FOR, REC, JNB, IAD) and reduced frequencies on others, as well as delayed an increase of flights to several destinations that was already planned. MAD-GIG, however, has become a daily operation.

Also, they have retired 3 A340-300 this year (EC-HDQ, EC-HGU, EC-HGX) without replacements and the entire company is about to face some serious restructuring and massive job cuts. And last, but not least, the current situation in Spain doesn't help either.

IB continues to operate 10x weekly flights between MAD and GRU. However, I have no idea if they will increase those flights once the BCN-GRU ops are over. If I remember correctly, they scaled down their MAD-GRU ops to make room for the BCN flights because, among other things, they didn't have enough aircraft to support so many flights.

[Edited 2012-08-19 10:31:39]
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:14 pm

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 7):
The current SIN-Brazil ASA allows for 14 frequencies to Brazil by a Singaporean carrier, of which a maximum of 3 can be into GRU.

No, Singapore and Brazil have open skies.

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 13):
MAD-GIG, however, has become a daily operation.

MAD-GIG has been daily for at least a part of the year for years, but it is never year-round, like it isn't this year.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:27 pm

Quoting AF086 (Reply 12):
Also the problem with brazilians at spanish immigration checkpoints (mostly at MAD) also hurted Iberia's loads in Brazil since many brazilians are avoiding using Spain as their first stop and connecting point in Europe.

That's true. Everyone here is avoiding flying thru MAD even if it's your final destination. The immigration staff at MAD is rude and shows no respect with brazilian citizens.

I know some people that are flying GIG-LIS-MAD or GIG-CDG-MAD instead of GIG-MAD (and paying a lot more).
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:56 pm

Quoting RodRB (Reply 15):
Quoting AF086 (Reply 12):
Also the problem with brazilians at spanish immigration checkpoints (mostly at MAD) also hurted Iberia's loads in Brazil since many brazilians are avoiding using Spain as their first stop and connecting point in Europe.

That's true.
Quoting RodRB (Reply 15):
The immigration staff at MAD is rude and shows no respect with brazilian citizens.

Definitely yes, according to Brazilian media.

What they don't mention, however, is that those who have faced problems upon entering Madrid account for less than 1% of the Brazilian nationals that have used Barajas as their port of entry. May happen anywhere no matter where your passport is from (and it does, actually) and it's no big deal as long as the government of the "offended country" doesn't want to make it a matter of national pride.

Anyway, and as far as I know, apparently the Spanish government recently told their Brazilian conterparts that they would ease up on requirements for Brazilian citizens to enter the EU through Spain, as long as it doesn't collide with Schengen regulations, of course, which were established due to the high rate of illegal immigration from Brazil that has entered the EU in recent years.

Quoting RodRB (Reply 15):
Everyone here is avoiding flying thru MAD

Everyone?. You mean...like, 10 out of 10?

My sister just came back from a 10-day trip to Brazil. Flew MAD-GRU on IB and GRU-MAD on JJ, and according to her, both flights were completely full and had lots of Brazilian travellers on board.

Anyway, let's try to stay on topic if we don't want moderators to lock the thread, as has happened recently with the TACA / Avianca one.

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[Edited 2012-08-19 12:02:57]
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:00 pm

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 10):
Hmmm i find it very odd, IB has strong brand recognition in Brazil and Spain. I doubt most people in Brazil can point where Singapore is, and SQ has no home market advantage in either Spain or Brazil, would probably have low brand recognition. Further SQ has no Spanish nor Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board.

Brand recognition only means that ! They recognise the brand - and run very quickly in the opposite direction. Have a look at reviews of IB long haul and you can see the kind of reports they get; it's not just Brazilians that get upset with IB. Iberia is very fair that way - they treat all long haul pax equally badly.

I would suggest that most international pax have heard of Singapore Airlines; we're living in the global village age and they would identify SQ as a provider of a high quality product and let's face it, if you're going to spend 12h with a company, who are going to choose? IB with its non-IFE A343s and its crews, or SQ, with its 77Ws - and SQ's crews. It's what the Americans call a no-brainer.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:05 pm

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 13):
The above sounds more like a personal opinion (which of course is allowed, but can be misleading) than a proven fact. IB's BCN-GRU flights started a short time ago while the supposed problems encountered by brazilian nationals at Spanish passport controls have been around for years. Besides, it's not only brazilians that book those flights.

I'm speaking from a brazilian standpoint. Naturally this route is also flown by europeans, asians and so on. As for the problems with brazilians they happened and turned into a headache for IB since, as a retaliatory measure, the brazilian government starting to giving the same treatment to spanish passport holders. And we agree that brazilians and spanish citizens make a large chunk of the pax figures on these flights.


The results: a growing number of spanish citizens sent back to Spain from the border. Still not huge numbers but they increased. That put pressure on the spanish government who claims to be working closely with the brazilian diplomats to make matters more flexible for both sides.

This tense diplomatic situation bad for both brazilian and spanish companies.

Quoting RodRB (Reply 15):
That's true. Everyone here is avoiding flying thru MAD even if it's your final destination. The immigration staff at MAD is rude and shows no respect with brazilian citizens.

I know some people that are flying GIG-LIS-MAD or GIG-CDG-MAD instead of GIG-MAD (and paying a lot more).

So do I.

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 13):
MAD-GIG, however, has become a daily operation.

As Coiote stated: IB keeps shifting their GIG-MAD services between 6 and 7 weekly flights. Always in a daylight/redeye schedule which doesn't help the yields either.

Recently LH figured that out and from IATA Winter 12/13 will shift their daylight/redeye service to GIG to a double redeye flight.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 16):
Definitely yes, according to Brazilian media.

That's enough to be an obstacle to Iberia's business.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:44 pm

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 10):
Hmmm i find it very odd, IB has strong brand recognition in Brazil and Spain. I doubt most people in Brazil can point where Singapore is, and SQ has no home market advantage in either Spain or Brazil, would probably have low brand recognition. Further SQ has no Spanish nor Portuguese speaking cabin crew on board.

SQ seems to try to make 5th freedom routes work. It's part of their strategy. They actually advertise that they serve 6 destinations nonstop from the US even though the network is scattered and exclusively point to point.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:04 pm

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 19):
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 16):
Definitely yes, according to Brazilian media.

That's enough to be an obstacle to Iberia's business.

And that would also hurt TAM. However, both are still there.

Quoting AF086 (Reply 18):
as a retaliatory measure, the brazilian government starting to giving the same treatment to spanish passport holders.

Actually my sister entered GRU without being asked a single question. They just stamped her passport and she was on her way to BSB.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:14 pm

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 16):
of course, which were established due to the high rate of illegal immigration from Brazil that has entered the EU in recent years

It looks like they are trying to blame someone for the financial crisis. Sending brazilians (and others) back home will not solve the problem.

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 16):
Everyone?. You mean...like, 10 out of 10?

10 out 10 people that I know are avoiding IB. I'll be flying to Europe next week and I'm paying more 300 USD to avoid flying thru Spain.

Quoting Docpepz (Thread starter):
SQ068 SIN2345 – 0645+1BCN0805+1 – 1615+1GRU 77W 357
SQ067 GRU1745 – 0710+1BCN0915+1 – 0500+2SIN 77W 146

Can they turn around in only 90 minutes? Don't forget that Infraero will always try to slow things down.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:37 pm

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 21):
Actually my sister entered GRU without being asked a single question. They just stamped her passport and she was on her way to BSB.

She was lucky. It happens. Same way the other way round: sometimes brazilians don't face problems with immigration checkpoints at Barajas. But the PR damage has already been made.

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 21):
And that would also hurt TAM. However, both are still there.

True. But of all of JJ's european routes, MAD is the weakest.

The thing is: this problem is happening for too long. At first the brazilian government requested the spanish authorities to "offer brazilians a more fair treatment". Madrid acknowledged and promised to address that. Nothing happened. The brazilian government asked Madrid again but this time stating that it would give spanish passport holders the same treatment brazilians get.

The repercussions were swift, specially at the brazilian Northeast, with larger numbers of spaniards been sent back home. Then Madrid decided to negotiate and truly do something about that. The situration appears to be improving (or stopped getting worse).

Quoting RodRB (Reply 22):
Can they turn around in only 90 minutes? Don't forget that Infraero will always try to slow things down.

That's one big question. 90 minutes seems to be really tight all things considered.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:49 pm

Quoting RodRB (Reply 22):
It looks like they are trying to blame someone for the financial crisis. Sending brazilians (and others) back home will not solve the problem.

Wow...

Using your logic, we are trying to solve our problems by sending back home less than 1% of the Brazilians that have arrived to our territory (which is what has happened so far despite the scandal made by the brazilian media). Sorry to burst your bubble, but NOBODY in Europe is blaming Brazilians (and others) for the current financial crisis, which is what you're saying. Otherwise, we would be talking about massive deportations, which is not the case (and WON'T be), whether you like it or not.

Get your facts straight, man, and cool down before typing, because what you just said is pretty ridiculous.

Quoting RodRB (Reply 22):
10 out 10 people that I know are avoiding IB.

So, once again according to your logic, the problems for Brazilians are only for those flying IB and not those arriving in JJ?.   

I mean...this is what you said on a previous reply:

Quoting RodRB (Reply 15):
Everyone here is avoiding flying thru MAD even if it's your final destination

And since 10 out of 10 people that you know are avoiding IB/MAD (which one is it going to be?), then I have to wonder where do the Brazilians arriving to Spain in either IB or JJ come from...??

Again...cool down, man.

Quoting RodRB (Reply 22):
I'll be flying to Europe next week and I'm paying more 300 USD to avoid flying thru Spain.

Enjoy the trip!
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:04 pm

Quoting AF086 (Reply 23):
Same way the other way round: sometimes brazilians don't face problems with immigration checkpoints at Barajas.

Which is what happens in the majority of cases.

Quoting AF086 (Reply 23):
But the PR damage has already been made.

Agreed. That's what a tabloid can do.

Argentina was the first country to start complaining about "their nationals having problems at MAD" because about 600 of them had been denied entry into Spain during a 12-month period. Then you just have to do the math and calculate the amount or people with Argentine passport arriving into Barajas every day...the percentage of unadmitted pax is minimal, but they wanted it to make the headlines and...voilá!. Brazil came shortly after...and with similar amounts of people facing problems.

Shortly after, TV programs in South America started talking about this and doing interviews to those affected, and made things look as if "90% of the people coming from our countries is denied entry in Madrid" which was and is absolutely false.
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:54 pm

Quoting AF086 (Reply 12):
The problem is: IB has a bad reputation in Brazil. The airline is associated with a poor inflight product and rude crews. Also the problem with brazilians at spanish immigration checkpoints (mostly at MAD) also hurted Iberia's loads in Brazil since many brazilians are avoiding using Spain as their first stop and connecting point in Europe.

IB has a problem indeed. Thankfully it's not with J, it's with Y. However, there is a reason why despite its Y product offering being subpar with many other airlines its flights are still full and long haul operations post a profit year after year: Y customers are mainly moved by price. Yes, some people will pay more to fly a different airline but generally speaking, its not.

I have flown IB longhaul a few times and I would like a better product but, for the same reason I've stopped over in other cities when a direct flight was offered, it was the best option considering price and convenience (let's say price weighs 80% and convenience 20%).

That's when I'm paying for the flight out of my own pocket of course.

Quoting sydbcn (Reply 9):
The route is now solely for SQ. I do not sii how moving to MAD would work better for SQ, more I can see SQ having 3 flights each to GRU/GIG via BCN, so the flight can be detached from MXP

It is a pity IB cannot commit to BCN and leaves the pie for foreign carriers, although they have their own struggle and having just 2 long haul from BCN did not make sense. In the end they could not compete with SQ who are now quite established.

I'm pretty sure SQ hasn't been the main reason for this pullout. I would blame it on the restructuring IB is going to suffer in September. If this route had really been bleeding money, we wouldn't have seen it through the summer timetable. In any case the BCN-GRU market is not that big and if there's no daily or at least 5x frequency its very difficult to lure in corporate contracts. Likewise, this route was an attempt to build back their image after all the bashing IB had after it pulled out of BCN. Now that Spanair is gone demonstrating that economic rationale does prevail over politics, no one will blame IB for leaving BCN.

Quoting C010T3 (Reply 19):
That's enough to be an obstacle to Iberia's business.

I agree. But most of IB's J pax are Spanish and on Spanish corporate contracts. It's a lack of vision on IB's side given that it will imperil future growth in the market but given the current situation it shouldn't affect their existing customer base. If anything, given the increase in Spanish investment in Brazil, its customer base should grow.

Quoting AF086 (Reply 23):
True. But of all of JJ's european routes, MAD is the weakest.

The thing is: this problem is happening for too long. At first the brazilian government requested the spanish authorities to "offer brazilians a more fair treatment". Madrid acknowledged and promised to address that. Nothing happened. The brazilian government asked Madrid again but this time stating that it would give spanish passport holders the same treatment brazilians get.

The repercussions were swift, specially at the brazilian Northeast, with larger numbers of spaniards been sent back home. Then Madrid decided to negotiate and truly do something about that. The situration appears to be improving (or stopped getting worse).

It's crazy how diplomatic rows can grow into absurdity. I really hope things won't get worse. As to JJ, given the lack of Star connections and the strength of IB, MAD is bound to be a weak point.
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:01 pm

Quoting Talaier (Reply 26):
I agree. But most of IB's J pax are Spanish and on Spanish corporate contracts.

And that is a pity indeed. I've flow IB's J product before and it is very good. The hard product with full flat all front facing seats is really industry leading. Food and wine are also top notch, and their lounges in Barajas are modern and airy. The two main areas of improvement are IFE and staff attitude (but not that bad either).
 
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RE: SQ Changes GRU-BCN Timing To 1745 Departure. How?

Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:07 pm

Quoting Rafabozzolla (Reply 27):
And that is a pity indeed. I've flow IB's J product before and it is very good. The hard product with full flat all front facing seats is really industry leading. Food and wine are also top notch, and their lounges in Barajas are modern and airy. The two main areas of improvement are IFE and staff attitude (but not that bad either).

It is, but that is how the company has been run for many years. If things are turning a profit, why improve? Y should improve starting Jan 2013, which should at least put it into a leveling field with its competitors.

We shall see, but it will take IB a while until its image gets a revamp. Until then, I'm only flying them on Y if its the cheapest option.