Review of Air Europa flight Paris Madrid in Economy

Airline Air Europa
Flight UX1222
Class Economy
Seat 16H
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 2:00
Take-off 16 Jun 17, 17:00
Arrival at 16 Jun 17, 19:00
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By 482
Published on 12th July 2017
This was one of the rare occasions where Air Europa used the Airbus A330 on the MAD-ORY-MAD route. As I planned to travel on that day, and as I'm an aviation geek, I selected this flight instead of an earlier or later one.

After a quick security check, I visited the recently opened Premium Traveler Lounge in Hall 1. This lounge is shared by Air Europa, Iberia, TAP, among others, and also accessible with lounge cards such as Priority Pass. We had access due to our Skyteam Elite+ status, but it took the lounge agent some time to be able to process our entry.

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The food offer consisted of sandwiches, chips and crackers, peanuts, and pasta salad.


On the drinks side, wine, cava, spirits, and soft drinks were offered
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A few pictures of the lounge

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Afternoon departures

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After having a quick snack, we returned to the gate area, which was completely crowded. Two different boarding gates were used, one for SkyPriority, Business, and the front section of Economy, and another one for the back section of Economy. However, passengers were confused because the gate agents didn't make it obvious during their announcements. An agent went through every line and sorted all the passengers in their correct lines, otherwise, it would have been a disaster.

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Boarding started with a 30-minute delay and priorities were respected
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Air Europa old business class

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Personal entertainment
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Legroom was decent
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Food for purchase menu
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Very expensive wifi
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Pushback and taxi with a 30-minute delay…
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…And we are off to Madrid.


We were unable to use the personal entertainment, but cartoons were played during the flight, including road runner and tom and jerry

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View of the cabin. The flight was completely full

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Landed with a 25-minute delay due to the late departure…
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…and taxied to the international concourse, so pax bus was the way to get off.
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I took advantage of the situation and were able to snap a few nice shots of the airplane and the neighbor that was getting ready to depart to Buenos Aires



Welcome to Madrid!

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Verdict

Air Europa

5.5/10
Cabin5.0
Cabin crew5.5
Entertainment5.5
meal/catering6.0

Premium Traveller Lounge - Hall 1

6.9/10
Comfort7.0
meal/catering7.5
Entertainment7.0
Services6.0

Paris - ORY

7.9/10
Efficiency5.0
Access7.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Madrid - MAD

7.9/10
Efficiency5.5
Access8.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

No-frills flight with no entertainment and food for purchase (which is the norm with UX). It was quite nice to have a 2hr ride on an Airbus A330, otherwise I would have chosen AF or IB for this trip.

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