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theobcman
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IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:26 am

It was time to try another widebody around Europe. When IB announced they were using the A350 to LHR I knew I had to try. With some Avios to burn the booking was confirmed for a quick LHR-MAD-LHR run in J on their new A350-900. A couple of weeks had passed when upon checking my booking the aircraft type had changed to A346 !! This was very dissapointing news although a flight on the ever increasingly rare A340-600 was not end of the world stuff ! So it was - IB A340-600 in IB Business which actually is pretty much the same as their new A350.

The afternoon started in LHR BA T5B Galleries for a welcome shower, light snacks & couple of beers before the flight :
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The best shot I could get on stand :
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Once onboard, first cabin impressions where good. 1-2-1 layout :
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Tray table folded down from side :
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Seat controls :
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And relax :
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Taxiing out. Nice evening for flying :
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Leaving LHR :
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Standard J headphones given out and time for some entertainment.
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Cruising :
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Dinner was served. A lovely steak with roasted vegetables, red rioja,beer and coffee to finish. It was superb !
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Relaxing after dinner :
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Approaching MAD :
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Landed MAD on time. Cabin pictures upon leaving :
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Into the stunning building that is MAD T4 :
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Although it wasn't the A350 as hoped this was still a very nice flight with IB. The seat is very good - with all aisle access. Food/drink was lovely. Crew, whilst doing their job very well were not the most friendly or welcoming but did nothing wrong ! Could easily do a S America in this cabin.

Looking at the following for next WB trips :
Hainan 787 EDI-DUB.
Air Europa 787 AMS-MAD.

Cheers All !
 
Speedalive
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Re: IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:01 pm

Awesome report! There's something about the A346. Such a beautiful plane! I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities to fly the 350 in the future!
 
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Re: IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:01 pm

Very nice! I love the novelty of snagging a longhaul configured aircraft on shorthaul routes such as this. With LHR-MAD having 346/777/789 lately it's increasingly easy to do as well. A friend of mine leaps on these flights every couple of months or so.
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Re: IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:21 pm

Nice TR, I was tempted to book the same flight - but having experienced ALWAYS last minute fleet changes on IB, I decided no to go!

Looking fwd to the Hainan TR - I was booked on Hainan as well, but just received an email, that Hainan will discontinue the service... :cry2: So maybe you are the lucky one on one or even the last flight!
 
theobcman
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Re: IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:15 am

Speedalive wrote:
Awesome report! There's something about the A346. Such a beautiful plane! I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities to fly the 350 in the future!


Yes agreed - the A346 is a beauty ! The IB 350 is coming back onto LHR regular next year. Cheers.
 
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Re: IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:17 am

fbgdavidson wrote:
Very nice! I love the novelty of snagging a longhaul configured aircraft on shorthaul routes such as this. With LHR-MAD having 346/777/789 lately it's increasingly easy to do as well. A friend of mine leaps on these flights every couple of months or so.


Yep me too. I have previously taken the BA B772 & B789 both in J to MAD before. There are plenty of WB's around Europe to try ! A great way to try long haul product without breaking the bank. Cheers
 
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Re: IB A340-600 LHR>MAD in J (Pics)

Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:20 am

debonair wrote:
Nice TR, I was tempted to book the same flight - but having experienced ALWAYS last minute fleet changes on IB, I decided no to go!

Looking fwd to the Hainan TR - I was booked on Hainan as well, but just received an email, that Hainan will discontinue the service... :cry2: So maybe you are the lucky one on one or even the last flight!


I think you still should as getting the A346 or A330 is still a very pleseant couple of hours. The IB A350 will be regular next year - try again that time ?!

Didn't know (But not surprised at all) about Hainan finishing this route - will have to go quick !! Cheers

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