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MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:48 am
by krasof
Hi everyone

I was wondering which One World airline would you choose to travel MIA - MAD on business class. My wife and I will be visiting Spain on October and I´m not sure whether to go on AA or IB. I noticed AA uses a 767 and IB a 340. Which of these airlines offers a more comfortable business class on this route? Thanks !

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:42 am
by Braniff747SP
I've flown on IB's J a few times (some well placed friends!) and the hard product is great... Probably better than AA's. Soft product is normally decent on IB. Food is good, service variable... probably on par with American.

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:52 am
by Longhornmaniac
Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):

Oh my God I couldn't disagree more. I thought IB's entire J product was a joke, and this was on their "new" J. The seat was mediocre. For one, you couldn't move the seat while the tray table was down. Another, there's absolutely no way anyone who's over like 5'8 could extend fully in "bed" mode. While AA still has the angled lie flat J, it's worth pointing out that I actually had room for my legs on the seat. IB's seat, while supposed to be fully lie-flat, was so short I was forced to have my feet and lower calves dangling over the end. Not comfortable. I'm tall, but not crazy tall (6'1).


The food was very "meh." Edible, but by far the worst catering of all our oneworld flights. Service was non-attentive, though the CSM did personally apologize for some of the issues we had.

AA, on the other hand, has had terrific catering on every single J flight I've had with them. They're well known for their catering, and ex: MIA was great.

Same story with flight attendants. While they may be getting older, I've generally found them to be witty and fun, to accompany professional.

Cheers,
Cameron

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:55 am
by CPHFF
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 2):
Oh my God I couldn't disagree more. I thought IB's entire J product was a joke, and this was on their "new" J.

I agree 100%

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 2):
Same story with flight attendants. While they may be getting older, I've generally found them to be witty and fun, to accompany professional.

I disagree 100%

AA International Long-haul cabin crew are very bullish, even in Business Class. The have a "sit down and shut up" attitude. Granted, I've only flown AA Intercontinental 11 times, so perhaps I'm no judge.

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:53 pm
by Braniff747SP
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 2):
Oh my God I couldn't disagree more. I thought IB's entire J product was a joke, and this was on their "new" J. The seat was mediocre. For one, you couldn't move the seat while the tray table was down. Another, there's absolutely no way anyone who's over like 5'8 could extend fully in "bed" mode. While AA still has the angled lie flat J, it's worth pointing out that I actually had room for my legs on the seat. IB's seat, while supposed to be fully lie-flat, was so short I was forced to have my feet and lower calves dangling over the end. Not comfortable. I'm tall, but not crazy tall (6'1).

Meh. Each to his own... I found it to be just fine.

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:16 am
by LAXintl
Well you are asking to chose between two less than inspiring options.

I've found IB food and service lack luster and its older J class seat rather marginal.

AA is not much better. I wont take them internationally as I can stand the current seat - too narrow and my feet don't fit in underneath them unless I wedge them in funny angles. Also AA crews, and overall service can be well you know poor compared to global norms.

If you have to stick to OW carriers, I would route on BA via LHR. A good seat with much more polished product and service.

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:31 pm
by cgnnrw
Another OW option: AB via DUS. I've never flown them in C class nor long-haul but they can't be any worse than AA or IB. In fact they may even be cheaper!

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:25 pm
by OA260
I would take AA over IB to be honest. Whatever people say about AA I still think they offer a decent product.

RE: MIA-MAD On AA Or IB Business Class?

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:22 pm
by reifel
Quoting cgnnrw (Reply 6):
Another OW option: AB via DUS. I've never flown them in C class nor long-haul but they can't be any worse than AA or IB. In fact they may even be cheaper!

Yes, they are quite cheap, but no option for MAD, as there is no BER-MAD or DUS-MAD route with AB (unless you fly via PMI, but fares allow only one transfer in Europe).
Could be an option for BCN however.