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The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:07 pm

The MAD Quad to LHR (BCN-MAD-LHR)

Hola Amigos!

Welcome to this report depicting my recent adventure on board IB A340 from Madrid to Heathrow.

The IB A340 flight between Madrid and London Heathrow is well known amongst us a.nutters, and it has been covered a few times, but it is always good to hear different stories.

Right, this trip came about a few months ago, I was talking to a friend of mine in the UK and he told me he had some BA points left that he wanted to get rid of since he only flies star alliance, I suggested we could take the IB A340 flight together since I was looking at doing it, he said it would be a good idea, and would also mean we could catch up after 5 years.

We agreed on a date that worked for both of us, and off I went to search for fares, at the beginning they were quoting 120€ which I thought was reasonable, a few days later, when I decided to book, it had suddenly shot up to 180€. Scratching my chin I did a bit of tinkering and for some strange reason if I booked this flight as a multi-city the price would then be 86€, but when I clicked the Buy Now button a ¨we are sorry but we cannot find a fare for your selection¨ kept coming up. I tried again and again with no luck, there was no way I was gonna pay 180€ for this flight, so I was about to give up…

But I didn´t… the following day, I tried again, the same 86€ fare came up, clicked book now, and voila! I was taken to the payment page, RESULT!

Booking was completed on the IB website, and the total fare was 96€ after the 10€ I paid to select a seat on the MAD-LHR sector (strangely seat selection for theBCN-MAD leg was free)

For the return home, I booked a one way LGW-BCN on VY

So the itinerary ended up like this:
-BCN-MAD IB2731 A321
-MAD-LHR IB3164 A343
-LGW-BCN VY7825 A320 (not covered on this TR)

On the day of departure, I left the office early (only had to work 2 hours hehe) and made my way to Plaça Espanya to catch the Aerobus to T1, the journey was uneventful and arrived in around 20 minutes.

I cleared security in no time and went to the restaurant area to get something to eat, followed by a quick stroll to see what was going on.

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DL A330 about to push back for her flight back to ¨Murica! (a VY A320 whizzes overhead)

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Air Canada Rouge 767W to Canada.

I then made my way to my gate, which was located at the far end of the A gates and is reserved for the ¨Puente Aereo¨ (MAD-BCN Shuttle)

Shortly our A321 arrived from MAD sporting the classic (but faded) IB livery, and this being Spain, my fellow PAX formed a queue even before the chocks where put on the plane.

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Our tired looking A321 arriving.



Friday 10th of July 2015
IB2731 Barcelona El Prat (LEBL) to Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suarez (LEMD)
Departure 13:15 ATD 13:20
Arrival 14:45 ATD 14:50
Airbus A321-211 EC-ILO ¨Cueva de Nerja¨ Delivered in 2003
Seat 21A Economy



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Back in 2003 this plane carried a very special passenger, The Pope!   

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Boarding was called at around 12:50 first for PAX travelling with children or requiring assitance, then PAX travelling in Business or with Status, then by Groups A, B, etc... my boarding pass said Group 2, so I don´t know when I was supposed to board.  

I joined the queue and after scanning my boarding pass, I was allowed to get on the jet bridge,

Upon entering the cabin I was greeted by the crew, the cabin at first impression was obviously showing its age, the seats are similar to those used by VY (Recaro slimline with grey leather covers) I made my way to my seat where my seatmate was already there snoozing away, a petite Japanese man who really looked like Mr Miyagi lol.

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View from the window.

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Cabin.

The rest of the PAX trickled in, and we were soon ready for departure, doors where closed and armed, and a manual safety demo was performed, then I could see the jetbridge being brought back to the plane, doors where opened and after about 5 minutes, it was retracted and this time we pushed back and made the lengthy taxi to 25L
We held for departing traffic and after about 5 minutes we were ready to go, no wasting time as we did a rolling takeoff and soon we were on our way to Madrid.

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The route taken.

During the climbout, I noticed something peculiar on the wing...

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Hmm... better not let the Daily Fail see this.

We continued making our way towards Madrid, passing through the typical Spanish landscape.

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Embalse de Entrepeñas y Pantano de Buendia

The flight went by uneventful, the crew did a quick BOB run but nobody was interested, and soon enough the captain made an announcement about our inminent descent, the weather conditions in Madrid and that he expected us to land at 14:40 and park at the gate 10 minutes later.

He also apologized for the late departure; he blamed it on himself saying he called for the doors to be closed before receiving some maintenance paperwork, therefore the jetway was brought back so they could finish the procedure.

As you can see on the route plan, we had to do a lap of a holding circuit, the captain then asked for the crew to prepare for landing, followed by a jet-fighter like approach into MAD, we overflew some mountainous terrain which, together with some strong winds made for a bumpy and fun approach.

We touched down on 36L followed by a slow and long taxi over to our gate in T4, In the end we landed at 14:55 and my next flight was due to commence boarding at 15:45 I started to slightly panic about the short connection time (but knew I had time to make it) the IB onboard magazine says it takes 25 minutes to get to the RSU gates which I think it´s a bit too much.

We finally pulled into our gate and everyone jumped at once to be first off the line.

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Bump, bump, up, down, left, right, jerk, bump, rattle, rattle...

Of course when you are in a hurry, everyone in front of you suddenly become turtles, so it took a while to deboard, I then made a mad dash throught the terminal followint the signs for the RSU gates, down some escalators and onto the Automated People Mover for the short ride to T4S.

Once there, it was up the stairs to clear passport control, a quick stop at the duty free shop to get some wine for my cousin, and then it was off to the lounge to meet my friend (he was flying Business) he tried to persuade the lounge dragon to allow me entrance, but she didn´t budge… no status, no lounge.

I´ll be back in MAD in August and this time I WILL enter the lounge hehehe.

Anyways, I wouldn´t have had much time to enjoy the lounge since boarding time was soon approaching, I therefore agreed to meet my friend back at the gate for boarding, he would smuggle some food items to keep me alive during the service-less IB flight.

I did a quick lap of the terminal to catch a glimpse of 2 beautiful Avianca Dreamliners being readied for their flights to BOG and CLO.

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It´ll be nice if AV did some 5th freedom flights within Europe on the 787 

Then I went back to our gate to see if we would be flying on an A340-300 or an A340-600, to my ¨dissapointment¨ it was an A343.

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Best I could manage, at least you can see the famous Madrid 4 Towers.



Friday 10th of July 2015
IB3164 Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suarez (LEMD) to London Heathrow (EGLL)
Departure 16:25 ATD
Arrival 17:25 ATD
Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP ¨Agustina de Aragon¨ Delivered in 1998
Seat 35L Economy



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Boarding was already underway in a relaxed fashion, my friend boarded using the Business Class and priority lane, while I used the El-Cheapo one, my BP was scanned and I made my way down the jetway to the aircraft.

I was greeted at the door by a crewmember who pointed me in the direction of my seat.

I made my way to the rear of the cabin where I was seated today, at first impressions the cabin looked very tired and in need of a total makeover, something that will not happen since these birds are scheduled to leave the fleet shortly, my seatmate was already there, I stowed my backpack and took my seat.

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El Asiento horrifico!

Boy are these seats horrible, the backrest design made you feel as if you were seated more upright than other seats,
legroom was sufficient for the missions these birds do, but have no PTV´s, only overhead monitors. I do like my comforts so I don´t think I would be very happy on a long flight to South America onboard these things.

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Cabin.

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Wing view, note the adjacent gate which has been made A380 ready, EK will start flying the whale to MAD on the 1st of August.

Boarding took a while to complete, and at the end it was a completely full flight, the crew did a few announcements in Spanish and some sort of English followed by a pre-recorded safety demo, we pushed back more or less on time and taxied over to 16L for departure it must be noted that during the entire taxi, some loud music was played, I know some airlines have boarding and taxi music which is kept at a low volume, but on IB it was on almost full blast lol (and the music was kind of weird anyway) we finally got to the threshold and waited for an UX A330 to depart, then it was our turn, with the hairdryers set to MAX we slowly started our takeoff roll, eventually lifting off somewhere near Toledo. A lazy left turn followed and we set course towards the UK.

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Our route.

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25 minutes after takeoff, must be passing FL130 (just kidding, maybe FL50)

Once cruise altitude was reached, I guess the cabin crew started the BOB service, but it took so long that by the time they got to my seating area, we were already on descent into LHR (No kidding)
There were some bumps during the climb but as we got higher, it got quieter, I retrieved my iPad and the food smuggled from the lounge by my friend and fired up a film to pass the time.

Flight was uneventful with nice views out of the window.

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Passing by Vitoria-Gasteiz

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Chasing our shadow, the A340 does have some sexy lines.

The British Isles soon came into view and descent started shortly, the captain called for the cabin to be secured but the BOB service was still in full swing we got lower and lower, did a lap of the holding pattern and continued on our approach, I spotted LGW in the distance as well as the usual traffic circling around, we then turned towards London and came out next to LCY and followed the usual route to 27R where we landed smoothly but a bit sideways or so it felt.

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Blighty!

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TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC!

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Beautiful summer´s day in London

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Many famous London landmarks visible.

We then slowly taxied over to our stand in T5C parking next to a beautiful BA A380

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Parking brakes set, engines off, shutdown checklist please.

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Gracias Señora Agustina de Aragon!

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Adios!

Deplaning took a while, I met with my friend at the gate and took the APM to T5 to clear passport control which had massive queues but moved fairly quickly, then it was off to find the shuttle to the carpark to retrieve my friend´s car and then it was off to Bournemouth.

Conclusions.

IB. Offered an OK service, nothing to write home about, but they should really invest some more on their cabins, they are really old fashioned and tired.

Other than that... an average flight, but still a nice cheap way to enjoy a intra-europe wide body flight.

For the return flight (LGW-BCN) it was just a run off the mill Vueling flight so I won´t go into details, during check-in I noticed an unusual seating arrangement meaning I would be flying on their brand new A321s, but on the day of the flight an A320 showed up, at least it had sharklets and the cabin was nice and clean, and even had decent legroom!

Their A321s are still parked in BCN.

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LGW´s North Terminal

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I´ll take it this pigeon doesn´t crap all over the ramp.

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Spotting like a boss.

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My bird to BCN EC-LZE

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Sharkie, no Sharkie...

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New EZY livery, I like it.

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We landed on-time and parked on a remote stand, even though there were hundreds of empty fingers, but it was cool because an EK 77W was pushing back and starting her massive GE´s hmmmm hmmm sweet noise!

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Those sharklets are HUGE!

I hope you have enjoyed this brief report, comments and complaints are always welcomed  

Thanks for reading.

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:30 pm

Hi MIAspotter.

Nice TR! Given that this year I'm studying in the UK I've become a frequent flyer on the London-Madrid route with IB/BA. I always take the A340 if I can, I really enjoy the experience and when it's a A346 the experience is even better with the PTVs . You should have flown with your friend in J, it's really worth the Avios and in my opinion the service is much better than on BA.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
But I didn´t… the following day, I tried again, the same 86€ fare came up, clicked book now, and voila! I was taken to the payment page, RESULT!

I don't get know you got such a low fare for a one-way ticket, was it combined with the return flight on VY? If I want to book a one-way on the MAD-LHR route only full economy is available and it's more than 600€!

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
then PAX travelling in Business or with Status, then by Groups A, B, etc... my boarding pass said Group 2, so I don´t know when I was supposed to board

The groups are Priority, A, 1, 2, 3. There's no B. Group A is for families with children and assisted passengers if I'm not mistaken.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I´ll be back in MAD in August and this time I WILL enter the lounge hehehe.

Will you write a TR about that trip?

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Wing view, note the adjacent gate which has been made A380 ready, EK will start flying the whale to MAD on the 1st of August.

And I'm flying on one on the 2nd  I'm thinking about writing a TR...

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I know some airlines have boarding and taxi music which is kept at a low volume, but on IB it was on almost full blast lol (and the music was kind of weird anyway)

It depends on the flight, sometimes they play it so low that it's hardly audible, which is good cause I don't like that music... I hope they change their mind soon and play something better.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
but it took so long that by the time they got to my seating area, we were already on descent into LHR (No kidding)

The minimum number of crew members on the plane together with not being used to offer the BOB service make the service really slow. If the cabin is full they hardly manage to serve everybody.

Thank you for writing the report.

Regards,

Martin
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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:47 am

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
Hi MIAspotter.

Hi Martin!

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
Nice TR!

Thank you! 
Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
Given that this year I'm studying in the UK I've become a frequent flyer on the London-Madrid route with IB/BA. I always take the A340 if I can, I really enjoy the experience

Ohhh nice, I bet you have a nice stash of miles lol.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
and when it's a A346 the experience is even better with the PTVs 

I am tempted to try again and catch the A346, I need to log one of these sleek birds.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
You should have flown with your friend in J

Agh, the fare was just too much.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
don't get know you got such a low fare for a one-way ticket, was it combined with the return flight on VY? If I want to book a one-way on the MAD-LHR route only full economy is available and it's more than 600€!

It was strange, first I searched as a one way BCN-MAD-LHR and it was quite expensive, then I tried looking as a multi-city and the 86€ fare came up, the VY ticket was bought separately.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
The groups are Priority, A, 1, 2, 3. There's no B. Group A is for families with children and assisted passengers if I'm not mistaken.

Ah. I see.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
Will you write a TR about that trip?

Maybe, I´ll be on the LAN 787 to FRA in Business, many a.netters I know are booked on this flight as well so I am sure you will read all about it.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
And I'm flying on one on the 2nd  I'm thinking about writing a TR...

Oh please do! 
Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
It depends on the flight, sometimes they play it so low that it's hardly audible, which is good cause I don't like that music... I hope they change their mind soon and play something better.

Yeah the music was a bit strange as well, like on VY... some of the songs are really a bit... weird.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
The minimum number of crew members on the plane together with not being used to offer the BOB service make the service really slow. If the cabin is full they hardly manage to serve everybody.

Ohh no wonder they were kept busy during the flight.

Quoting mfc (Reply 1):
Thank you for writing the report.

My pleasure, glad you enjoyed it.

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:48 am

Nice TR!

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Boarding was called at around 12:50 first for PAX travelling with children or requiring assitance, then PAX travelling in Business or with Status, then by Groups A, B, etc... my boarding pass said Group 2, so I don´t know when I was supposed to board.

Thank you - I thought I was the only person on the planet not to understand these weird boarding sequences...

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
it must be noted that during the entire taxi, some loud music was played, I know some airlines have boarding and taxi music which is kept at a low volume, but on IB it was on almost full blast lol (and the music was kind of weird anyway)

It's a habit of Spanish airlines; winner in this category was VY I (pre IB-takeover) which used to play Ibiza chill-out/beach club music...
 
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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:24 am

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Hola Amigos!

Hola Christian  
Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
(but faded) IB livery,

Yes its a shame to see a lot of their old livery is looking like that. I guess no point repainting as they will get the new livery.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Once cruise altitude was reached, I guess the cabin crew started the BOB service, but it took so long that by the time they got to my seating area, we were already on descent into LHR (No kidding)

Haha that happened on my A333 flight LHR-MAD. We were 25 mins from MAD before I got mine.

I guess those older interior 340's are ideal for the LHR-MAD route. I wouldnt want to head any further on that product but for the joy of being on the A340 itself you can forgive the interior. Have to do it myself sometime.

Have you tried the A333 yet ? Lovely product and a really good experience. Iberia continue to impress me as do their LCC I2 where recently I had great flights. Hoping they continue to build on their improvements.


Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:46 pm

Hi MIAspotter,

Thanks for this Trip Report, I've had my eye on this flight for some time (just need to find an excuse to go and do it  )

How often do the A340's venture to LHR? I've seen one there a few times but just wondered if it was a regular thing.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
no PTV´s, only overhead monitors. I do like my comforts so I don´t think I would be very happy on a long flight to South America onboard these things.

That doesn't sound fun at all. Not being familiar with the IB fleet, I take it some A340's have PTV's?

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
the A340 does have some sexy lines

Indeed she does! The best looking plane currently flying IMO. Well that and the 747 obviously!

Thanks again for the TR

Michael
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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:39 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Nice TR!

Thanks 
Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Thank you - I thought I was the only person on the planet not to understand these weird boarding sequences...

Haha, I think our friend mfc explained it well.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
It's a habit of Spanish airlines; winner in this category was VY I (pre IB-takeover) which used to play Ibiza chill-out/beach club music...

Yeah I noticed that, VY now plays some weird stuff.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Hola Christian

Hola Felipe lol!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Yes its a shame to see a lot of their old livery is looking like that. I guess no point repainting as they will get the new livery.

Indeed, but I saw some newer birds in MAD proudly wearing the old livery and looking fresh.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
I guess those older interior 340's are ideal for the LHR-MAD route.

Exactly.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
I wouldnt want to head any further on that product

No, me neither, in fact that bird did an EZE run after returning from LHR... EZE! 14 hrs without proper entertainment... agh.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Have you tried the A333 yet

Not yet, but I wouldn´t mind that or the A346.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Hoping they continue to build on their improvements.

Yeah very nice to see them trying to turn around.

Quoting michaelg90222 (Reply 5):

Hi MIAspotter,

Hi Michael

Quoting michaelg90222 (Reply 5):
Thanks for this Trip Report, I've had my eye on this flight for some time (just need to find an excuse to go and do it 

You´re welcomed, no need to find an excuse... just go ahead and book it.. YOLO, etc... LOL.

Quoting michaelg90222 (Reply 5):
How often do the A340's venture to LHR?

I am pretty certain its daily, or at least on most days.

Here is the history for this flight for the past few days.

http://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ib3164/

Quoting michaelg90222 (Reply 5):
That doesn't sound fun at all. Not being familiar with the IB fleet, I take it some A340's have PTV's?

The new A330 have them, as well as the A340-600 (not sure if all, or the refurbished ones)

Quoting michaelg90222 (Reply 5):
Thanks again for the TR

You are welcomed, thanks for reading  

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:35 am

Hola MIAspotter mi amigo!

Super report - you know I’ve flown this route too last year, on an even older IB A343, you were spoilt man! Mind you, EC-GUP took me from LIM to MAD in 2004   No flying IB for the service although it isn’t any better or worse than most other airlines nowadays. Cool to have great views and a super sceniv passing by over Londres.

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and this being Spain, my fellow PAX formed a queue even before the chocks where put on the plane.

You can’t blame them for wanting to be on time, can you?

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Hmm... better not let the Daily Fail see this

What is that thing?

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he blamed it on himself saying he called for the doors to be closed before receiving some maintenance paperwork, therefore the jetway was brought back so they could finish the procedure.

That’s an honest explanation from this man.

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no status, no lounge.

Damn it! Usually guesting someone in is not a big issue? One more month my friend, one more month...

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El Asiento horrifico!

It is not so bad now, is it?

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with the hairdryers set to MAX

Or to MAD - pun intended  No, to LHR   

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Chasing our shadow
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Beautiful summer´s day in London

Cool shots   

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:38 pm

Hi MIAspotter,

Enjoyed reading your report! I was in Spain a few weeks ago so nice to see some more pics.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Air Canada Rouge 767W to Canada.

Wouldn't want to be on that flight... Poor seat pitch I've heard and no PTVs.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
I do like my comforts so I don´t think I would be very happy on a long flight to South America onboard these things.

Same here. But isn't IB finally starting to refurbish these planes.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Many famous London landmarks visible.

Lucky! I flew into LHR twice a few months ago and never got to have those great views. There really is something magical about seeing Big Ben from the air...

Thanks for sharing,
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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:17 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Hola MIAspotter mi amigo!

Nils Amigo!! 
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Super report

Aw thanks  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
you know I’ve flown this route too last year, on an even older IB A343

I know! and an even older A343? darn!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
EC-GUP took me from LIM to MAD in 2004

Ohh, nice to see a feature from an old acquaintance huh? did you enjoyed el asiento horrifico?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
No flying IB for the service although it isn’t any better or worse than most other airlines nowadays.

Well, yeah, but... do you prefer IB to LX or LH?  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Cool to have great views and a super sceniv passing by over Londres.

Definitely a fine day of flying, thanks to the heatwave for the nice weather all the way up.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
You can’t blame them for wanting to be on time, can you?

Not really no... lol.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
What is that thing?

Flap mechanism thingy, should be covered by a flap canoe.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Damn it! Usually guesting someone in is not a big issue?

Well, he didn´t have any OW Status, just the Business ticket, so no chance of guesting.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
One more month my friend, one more month...

I know, I know... counting the days!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
It is not so bad now, is it?

Legroom was OK, but still, too retro for my liking.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 8):
Hi MIAspotter,

Hi Ytraveller!

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 8):
Enjoyed reading your report! I was in Spain a few weeks ago so nice to see some more pics

Thanks!

Hope you had a nice stay in Spain  
Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 8):
Wouldn't want to be on that flight... Poor seat pitch I've heard and no PTVs.

Yeah! wonder if Air Transat is any better?

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 8):

Same here. But isn't IB finally starting to refurbish these planes

Not the A340-300s, the -600 yes.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 8):
Lucky! I flew into LHR twice a few months ago and never got to have those great views. There really is something magical about seeing Big Ben from the air...

Yeah nice to have nice weather around London, makes for a nice ¨flying¨ tour.

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:41 am

Hola MIASpotter,

great little report here, good idea to get in that IB widebody flight to LHR. Shame about the old-fashioned cabin in their A340, really wouldn't want to be in it on a long-haul, but on a short flight like this it is ok I guess. And great pictures of the approach into Heathrow, looks like you were lucky with the British weather. I have a flight to LHR coming up as well next month, so hopefully I will have similar views.

Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
then by Groups A, B, etc... my boarding pass said Group 2, so I don´t know when I was supposed to board.

Same thing happened at my recent flight with IB, only I had group A on my boarding pass and at the gate it showed groups 1 to 3, quite confusing indeed. Fortunenately (in this case) nobody really seemed to care about boarding groups   ...
Quoting MIAspotter (Thread starter):
Chasing our shadow, the A340 does have some sexy lines.

   ... and well done to get that nice halo on your picture.

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:53 am

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 9):
did you enjoyed el asiento horrifico?

I guess I did, at least, I slept for most of the time!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 9):
do you prefer IB to LX or LH?

Hmm, guess 3x 

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 9):
Flap mechanism thingy, should be covered by a flap canoe.

  

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:28 pm

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Hola MIASpotter,

Hola Marco!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
great little report here,

Thanks  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
good idea to get in that IB widebody flight to LHR.

Definitely, always interesting to get a widebody within Europe.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Shame about the old-fashioned cabin in their A340, really wouldn't want to be in it on a long-haul, but on a short flight like this it is ok I guess

Yeah for the route it was OK, long haul it´s another thing.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
And great pictures of the approach into Heathrow

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
looks like you were lucky with the British weather.

Definitely, although that sunday it was back to normal services (ie. Rain)

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
I have a flight to LHR coming up as well next month, so hopefully I will have similar views.

Fingers crossed, what are you flying there?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
and well done to get that nice halo on your picture.

Hehe a bonus, as soon as I saw it... snap snap snap.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I guess I did, at least, I slept for most of the time!

Good! of course, without any IFE I would have also fallen dead asleep.

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RE: The MAD Quad To LHR (IB BCN-MAD-LHR)

Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:37 pm

Hello MIAspotter, great report! Nice to read your take on the IB 340 flights between Madrid and London. For those short hops and for us a.nutters those birds great, but I wouldn't want to be stuck flying them all the way to South America. Great weather for flying by the way, you gotta love that approach into London!
Thanks for sharing!

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