Review of Iberia flight Madrid Porto in Economy

Airline Iberia
Flight IB3092
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:15
Take-off 01 Apr 22, 11:30
Arrival at 01 Apr 22, 11:45
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Chibcha
By SILVER 121
Published on 9th May 2024

introduction


Hello amigos!

Today's FR is on a more mundane intra-Iberian route between Madrid and Porto. IB every now and then has very cheap fares to Portugal, and so…you end up in an unplanned weekend getaway, because…why not?
 


at madrid barajas


We took our ride to Barajas and brought us in almost no time (this airport is unbeatable in this aspect) …traffic was slowly catching up…


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As an IB+ gold, I could use the preferential check in counters.


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Check in done, it was time to hang around and have breakfast at the Sala Dalí. Because of my status I was able to skip the queues at the security check. It must have been less than 15 minutes from the car to the lounge. Amazing!

The lounge was on breakfast mode: 


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Our picks


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Thankfully the lounge wasn't too full and we were able to find a good spot by the "window".


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Boarding time came and we went to our gate to board our A320 to dear Porto


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This may be old news now…but at what point "bud" became "budweiser" in Spain?


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into IBeria'S a320


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We boarded one of IB's newer A320CEO, with winglets. In the end it doesn't make much difference if you score a months old A320N or a 30 year old one….they all have IB's ghastly short haul interiors


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IB was in full swing that morning!


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The non-schengen side seemed equally busy


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enroute to Porto!


We swiftly taxied to RWY 36L and took off to the west (OPO is almost on a straight line to MAD) 



The Sierra de Guadarrama still had some snow on its tops


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We passed over Segovia


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Castille moved from its regular yellow to green as the days became warmer…


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Hey there!


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Is this the Douro (?)


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This may be Salamanca 


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And this Vila Real


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The Douro now is clearly visible…fingers crossed for a scenic approach over the city!


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Porto in sight!


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Over the southern suburbs


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Oi Porto!



Over Boavista Avenue


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Landing iminient 



We taxied to our gate…and the sexiest toilet paper welcomed us to Portugal!


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There is a bit of nonsensical walk to the baggage claim…it seems to be a trend in Portuguese airports



We collected our bags and then it was time to go to the Metro. There were huge queues as the ticket machines weren't working correctly and tourists were having a tough time dealing with them. It was a bit overwhelming.


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And so our weekend getaway began, and this FR comes to an end.

Thanks for reading! 

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Verdict

Iberia

2.6/10
Cabin3.0
Cabin crew6.5
Entertainment/wifi0.5
Meal/catering0.5

Iberia Sala Dalí - 4

7.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering8.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Services5.0

Madrid - MAD

9.6/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness10.0

Porto - OPO

8.4/10
Efficiency6.5
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

IB's European product is basically crap. I only fly with them because of IB+ and because they are the best option for direct flights to Bogotá, or else I wouldn't be so loyal to them.
The best part of the flight was the scenery outside. Other than that, I am thankful that the flight is short.

MAD was great as usual. The Dalí Lounge was good, the food offering gets boring once you go on a fairly regular basis to the place...if it werent for the room, I'd prefer the AENA lounge.

OPO was okay I like the architecture, it feels like a mini CDG2. Other than that, it has some silly walking involved and the metro, while good...is a bit unorderly and takes ages to appear (theres one service every 30 mins!)

Stay tuned for other Chibcha aventures from 2022!

Information on the route Madrid (MAD) Porto (OPO)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 7 avis concernant 4 compagnies sur la ligne Madrid (MAD) → Porto (OPO).


Useful

La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Iberia avec 7.0/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 1 heures et 22 minutes.

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 651009 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6814 Comments
    Because of my status I was able to skip the queues at the security check. It must have been less than 15 minutes from the car to the lounge. Amazing!

    Fast Track is great when there's no queue. I'm glad I get to used the Emerald lane at the Business counters because there's never a wait there either.

    they all have IB's ghastly short haul interiors

    Yeah, it's only bearable in the forward rows with the different seats. Those recaro ironing boards are hell, even on short flights. And the pitch is just too tight for anyone over 1m75.

    IB's European product is basically crap

    That's definitely true in Y...in J there's quite good with some of the best catering in Europe. But yeah, short haul Y is even worse than some LCCs...Ryanair has way more legroom...which is so sad.

    Thanks for sharing!
  • Comment 651016 by
    jettoajet GOLD 116 Comments
    so…you end up in an unplanned weekend getaway, because…why not?

    What life is all about! An aspect I love about Europe is the fact you can hop on a plane for cheap and go away to a different country for the weekend.

    It must have been less than 15 minutes from the car to the lounge.

    Amazing!

    No way!! The Euroatlantic plane!

    Sad to see Iberia Y being not that great. Haven’t flown them in a while but it especially seems like their shorthaul aircrafts just aren’t great at all.

    Thanks for sharing Chibcha! Would love to see a couple of picture of Porto! Have a great day

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