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Old Sep 14, 17, 5:36 am   #1
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BA v IB in business

Hi All,
With a choice between these two on a business class flight LHR to MAD is there much in it? Maximising time is a consideration so any tips on delay patterns etc would be useful, does IB mean you avoid the train transfers in the airport in Madrid? Thanks.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 5:41 am   #2
  
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Arriving in Terminal 4S on BA with checked luggage is a pretty dire experience. HBO just the train and a fairly long walk.

If price the same and HBO I'd take the longhaul BA flight any day (BA458)
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Old Sep 14, 17, 5:48 am   #3
  
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IB also run a widebody once a day - the 18.30 departure IB3167 is an A340. Given the choice between that and BA's 777, I'd rather that. And BA substitute theirs a lot these days for the dreadful Titan 757.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 5:59 am   #4
  
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I like the timing of the 458 and the (very) slim chance of an F seat.. more so if you're a hen
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Old Sep 14, 17, 6:01 am   #5
  
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Food (other than breakfast) and drink much better on IB in business class in my opinion including post lunch/dinner liqueurs. All IB flights other than the daily A340/330 arrive in the main T4 allowing a much quicker exit from Madrid airport.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 6:23 am   #6
  
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Iberia every time.

Food offering is far superior to BAs.

See my TR for some pics - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip...-4-cities.html and, more recently, https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip...ia-madrid.html

Enjoy your flight!
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Old Sep 14, 17, 6:29 am   #7
  
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Having done it, hard choice, but I am probably slightly leaning towards the IB A340. Good seats, good food and drink.

Having said that, on the return I was in the 4 class 777, and the sole person upgraded to First cabin. Just me and my 1 year old infant had the entire cabin and one dedicated cabin crew... However, that is not a guaranteed experience, hence probably go for the A340
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In business, after the changes in CE catering this would be Iberia everytime.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 7:27 am   #9
  
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IB A340 wins easily.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 9:10 am   #10
  
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IB 330/340 > BA 777/787 > IB 32S > BA 32S

The last two are depending upon your meal preference I guess, IB's breakfast is pretty basic (Spanish style) and there is no choice. But I'd still take IB, if only to arrive into T4 rather than T4S.
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Others who take note of such things can advise which airline would suit you best but I always prefer to arrive into MAD T4 and depart from MAD T4S.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 12:52 pm   #12
  
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On the same vein, which is better IB or BA on TATL?

Looking at BHX to MAD to MIA to MCO on iberia/AA

Or DUB to LGW to MCO on Aer Lingus/BA
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IB also run a widebody once a day - the 18.30 departure IB3167 is an A340. Given the choice between that and BA's 777, I'd rather that. And BA substitute theirs a lot these days for the dreadful Titan 757.
Likely just bad luck on my part, but my one flight on that IB A340 was hugely delayed, due to issues with the cargo loading (which is, I gather, one of the two main reasons they run that plane on that route, the other I think being connectivity capacity for ex MAD LatAm routings).

Basically they loaded the cargo pallets all wrong and unbalanced the plane. Offending pallet was, naturally, the last one to be taken back off. SO I arrived at MAD at stupid O'Clock.

Echo the baggage comment above also - HBO at MAD is the way forward.

The lounge in T4S is nicer than that in the main terminal though (if you're outbound from MAD)
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Old Sep 14, 17, 2:08 pm   #14
  
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I travel between LHR and MAD twice a month and no doubt I would pick IB over BA in business.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 2:48 pm   #15
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Iberia every time since the hen do flight
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