Review of Iberia flight Barcelona Madrid in Economy

Airline Iberia
Flight IB2731
Class Economy
Seat 21A
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 01 Feb 17, 13:00
Arrival at 01 Feb 17, 14:30
IB   #38 out of 78 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 296 reviews
Jett Tyler
By GOLD 1370
Published on 2nd June 2017
Spanish Domestic Shuttle



So after a long night roughing it in the Barcelona Airport, I went air side ridiculously early in the morning around 4am.

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It was so early (as shown in this image) that Duty Free wasn't even open.

But this gave me a chance to spot and explore air side around the Terminal.



I kipped off in a comfortable seat by a window overlooking the airport terminals for a while after the early morning rush had died off,

I woke up when my mobile phone started to belt out the Genesis song "Invisible Touch" as I had set an alarm for 2 hours before my flight in case I did fall asleep.

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I got some last minute planes in daylight. Including an abandoned Boeing 767 of American Airlines, awaiting the crew that would fly back later that day.



Seeing the TAROM retro-jet was nice as well and the BA Airbus A319 was a reminder that in 5 hours I would be back in London…

My flight arrived and it soon became clear as to which gate I had to find. My aircraft for this domestic flight across Spain was a 13 year old Airbus A321 EC-IXD.

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The cabin was pretty standard for a European airline using a narrow body aircraft like the Airbus A321, with some minor personalisation for the Airline's branding.

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The flight was only half full at the most, So boarding was complete fairly promptly and we were airborne in a good fifteen minutes after our push back.

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The flight was smooth and I most listened to music, however I did leave my seat and go to the galley and grab a humble Cola Zero as I like a drink when I am flying. All though 2 Euro for something I can get at my local newsagent for only 65p is a bit drastic, but that is airline Buy on Board for you.

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We arrived at Madrid around 20 minutes ahead of our scheduled arrival time and ten minutes later we arrived at the gate.

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I didn't go to the flight deck on this visit, I had to bolt to a connecting flight to London Heathrow on an Airbus A330, only 1 hour and 30 minutes gap away. So it was a case of hitting the ground running…

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Verdict

Iberia

6.9/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi2.5
Meal/catering7.0

Barcelona - BCN

9.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access10.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Madrid - MAD

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Iberia- Decent flight, strange not having the crew do the service, but I had no issue going to the galley. Aircraft cabin was like most other basic A321.

Barcelona- Nice airport, not a lot of places to sleep comfortably landslide, but air-side chairs can be comfy subject to the person- just remember to set up Genesis music to awake you in time!!!

Madrid- Pretty nice T4 terminal. Didn't get enough time to appreciate and explore. Staff helpful in helping me find my flight & gate

Information on the route Barcelona (BCN) Madrid (MAD)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 10 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Barcelona (BCN) → Madrid (MAD).


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The airline with the best average rating is Iberia with 7.0/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 24 minutes.

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