Prologue:

Welcome to the continuation of my trip from MAD to TLS. After arriving from LIS we stayed at the IB Dali lounge and had a good lunch there before our trip.

Getting to the IB lounge can be a bit confusing at MAD.

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The IB Dali lounge is located right after the security checkpoint.

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There are 2 sections on each side that are very similar. In addition there are showers and a resting area.

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Buffet area.

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Self serve drinks.

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Bar.

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Soft drinks and beers are in bottles. A bit old fashioned but charming.

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The buffet was pretty varied consisting of a cold soup tapas salads sandwiches fruits and hot dishes.

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Salads.

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Chickpeas curry with basmati rice.

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Rigatoni in 3 cheese sauce with dried tomatoes and rucula.

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Mashed potatoes with Extremadura lamb stew.

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Cold selection.

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Olives sandwiches and pineapple slices.

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First round.

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Second round.

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Roasted peppers and Spanish tortilla with potatoes.

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Croque monsieur.

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Homemade cuttlefish croquettes.

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Viennoiserie.

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There was a selection of tuna and vegetarian sandwiches.

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Third round.

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Love the cuttlefish with black ink tapas.

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Boarding was smooth and we were the first ones to enter the plane.

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This was an Iberia Express flight.

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Friendly crew welcoming pax aboard and distributing sanitary wipes. They reminded pax to wear their masks aboard.

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IB Express cabin with thinner seats than regular IB flights.

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Nice safety card. ;)

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Door closed and pax settled down.

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Taxiing.

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Bye MAD.

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Interesting cloud formation. Pic. courtesy of Vendredi13.

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Crew sprung into action once we leveled offering a meal service. Unfortunately there were no menus or a choice but the meal was delicious.

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Tomato juice and water for me.

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Logo at the bottom of the glass.

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FA offered warm bread from a basket.

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Delicious meal by Do&Co. Some kind of chicken with a creamy polenta?

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Descending into TLS.

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Getting the cabin ready.

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Landing in TLS. Great views of the city.

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========== Barajas Arpt (MAD) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 9/10
Access and parking: 10/10
Services and activities: 9/10
General cleanliness: 10/10

========== Iberia Dali Lounge ==========



Staff Service: 9/10
Entertainment: /10
Business Center: /10
Food: 10/10
Lounge Design: 0/10
Spa and Bathroom: 10/10
Wifi: 9/10

========== IBERIA - Airline ==========



Cabine comfort: 9/10
Crew: 10/10
Entertainment: /10
On-time performance: 10/10
Appetizer: 8/10
Starter: 0/10
Main Meal: 10/10
Main Meal-2: 0/10
Cheese: 0/10
Desserts: 10/10
Alcohols: 0/10
Mid-flight snack: 0/10
Breakfast or light meal before arrival: 0/10

========== Blagnac Arpt (TLS) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 10/10
Access and parking: 10/10
Services and activities: 9/10
General cleanliness: 9/10

Summary:

I have visited the IB Dali lounge before their renovation a few years ago and I can say that I am impressed with the improvements after their latest renovation.

The food has gotten better and there is so much more variety now to please all tastes. I saw staff constantly clearing dishes and maintaining the club clean and in order.

I did not know what to really expect flying IB Express which is the "low cost" arm of the company. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the service was top and the meals catered were satisfying. The crew was attentive and professional at all times which made for a really pleasant trip.

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