I took this trip back in 2009 when Spanair was still operating and had a lounge that was used by other *A members. I arrived at T2 and made my way to Spanair's tkt counter through a series of escalator and elevator rides. The J counter was manned by two ladies and the agent printed my boarding pass quickly. She showed me the location of the VIP lounge and wished me a good trip. Going through security was quick and soon I was on my way to the lounge.
My plane at the gate
JX's VIP lounge in MAD was located by gate D60 and about 800 m2. It was situated one floor up from the gates and one could access it through the stairs or the elevator on the other side. The room was pleasant with good views of the runway with its own rest rooms and internet terminals. It felt like a big open room with very few divided sections except for the computers in the back and the small eating area in between the two curving pantries. There is no hot food and only snacks - potato chips, cookies, olives, and small pastries. Juices are in pitchers and other beverages are located in the refrigerators. There was also two types of wines on the counters.
After checking my emails and raiding the pantry (I was bored to death, what can you do on a 4 hrs layover? ), I headed out to the gate about 40 minutes before dept. There were 2 agents at the counter and boarding started from rows 15-30. Gold and J psgrs were invited to board at their convenience - that usually means either be the first on line or wait until the herd has boarded and do it towards the end.
The purser was positioned at the door greeting psgrs and another one was in row 3 (last row of J). The seats are blue cloth and provided a relaxing ambiance. However, the pitch was really tight (31 or 78.74 cm is my guess) and the only good seats are the bulkheads in row 1. A pillow and blanket was in every seat and in J the middle seat is blocked. The FA's were truly professional and well groomed (as expected of foreign carriers). The one in row 3 was stunning and looked like Megan Fox. I had a bulky carry-on and did not seem to quite fit in the overhead and she took it and placed it in row 3 because it was empty. She then proceeded to secure it by wrapping the seat belt around the handle and told me with a smile to not worry about it.
Cold packaged towels were passed while we were sitting at the gate and pre-dept. drinks in glasses were offered. At first there was water, OJ and sparkling wine on the trays but psgs could order anything they wanted. Afterwards magazines and newspapers in Spanish, English and German were distributed. The only minor flaw is the lack of proactive coat hanging. Otherwise the crew was outstanding with a great attitude and professional demeanor.
After take off the purser took the drink orders and served two packages of peanuts w/dried fruits to each psgr. There was a hot meal but no choice. It was a steak entree with potatoes, a side salad with two chunks of cheese and a custard dessert. The steak was a bit bland but the quantity was very adequate. Furthermore, the FA passed around with the bread basket about 3 times. Glasses were refilled and refreshed everytime which was very nice.
Arrival into FRA was on time on a rainy evening. We had to use the stair and bussed into the terminal which was a bit inconvenient. I then made my way to the Savoy hotel on S-banh and relaxed in the pool for a couple of hours before going to bed.
Madrid - MAD
Frankfurt - FRA
I was glad that I had the opportunity to try Spanair before they liquidated. The service and meal that I received on this flight were very good and it is a shame that they are no longer around.
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