Category Archives: Iberia

Iberia takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

First Iberia Airbus A320neo, delivered on May 29, 2018

Iberia on May 29, 2018 took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (EC-MXU, msn 8221).

Copyright Photo (all others by Iberia): Iberia Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWIG (EC-MXU) (msn 8221) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 942226.

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The first Airbus A350-900 for Iberia is painted

Iberia has 16 Airbus A350-900s on order. Here is a picture of the first copy, fresh out of the paint shop. It will become EC-MXV on delivery. Iberia made this announcement on social media:

The full report by Iberia in Spanish:

 

Iberia lands in San Francisco

Iberia commenced Madrid – San Francisco service on April 25, 2018.

Airbus A330-202 EC-MMG is pictured rolling out on runway 28L at SFO on the inaugural arrival.

Iberia made this announcement:

(PRNewsfoto/Olive Oils from Spain)

Two of Spain’s emblems, Iberia and Olive Oils from Spain, work together to consolidate the positioning of the two most powerful sectors of the Spanish industry: tourism and agri-food. Each new route opened in the world by the airline brings a bit more Spanish liquid gold to consumers around the world. A product that has had a notable role in the presentation of the new Iberia route linking Madrid and San Francisco to informants and tourism professionals from the United States, Olive Oil from Spain has created a really innovative proposal, integrating this food into cocktails, deepening the inexhaustible versatility of the Spanish flagship product.

A millenary tradition in a 21st century cocktail bar

Olive Oils from Spain have been the most surprising ingredient of the evening. Its texture, aromas and flavors have not gone unnoticed for high end cocktails. The juices of the olive are known mainly for dressings and frying. With innovations like those presented in San Francisco, it opens the door to the disclosure of new applications for an extremely versatile product, ranging from pastries to cosmetics, to cocktails with and without alcohol, such as:

  • Margarita with Hojiblanca EVOO
  • Virgin Mary with Picual EVOO
  • Gin Tonic with Arbequina EVOO
  • San Francisco with Cornicabra EVOO

Olive Oils from Spain are the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofesional, a non-profit organization, formed by all the representative entities of the sector in Spain. Its main objective is todisseminate information on the product, its uses and health properties throughout the world. The Interprofessional has been developing promotional campaigns for almost a decade to bring this super food to consumers in five continents. Among its priorities is the United States market, where Olive Oils from Spain are leaders, with exports in 2017 of 124,000 tons.

Iberia, for its part, has been proudly taking the image of Spain across the globe for more than 90 years, in the fuselage and interior of its aircraft. Throughout this time it has established itself as a symbol of Spain’s leadership in quality, development and modernity,values that match perfectly with those of Olives from Spain.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

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Iberia and Qatar Airways announce a codeshare agreement

Iberia and Qatar Airways have made the following announcement:

Effective April 3, 2018, the codeshare will give passengers access to more destinations when connecting at hubs in Doha, Spain and Portugal, as well as mutual benefits with frequent flyer programs Iberia Plus and Qatar Airways Privilege Club. 

Iberia will operate the two daily flights operated by Qatar Airways between Madrid and its hub in Doha under its flight code, while Qatar Airways’ code will be added to Iberia flights from Madrid to the airline’s 28 destinations in Spain and Portugal.

Commenting on the partnership, president and CEO of Iberia Luis Gallego, said:

“We are very happy to announce this codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, one of our partners in Oneworld. It offers our customers an extensive network to travel between Doha and Spain, as well as Portugal; seamless connections at the Iberia hub in Madrid T4, personal attention in every station, and, for our Business Class customers, the opportunity to enjoy one of the best European VIP lounges to wait for their flight”.

Group chief executive of Qatar Airways His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said:

“Code-share partnerships and airline alliances continue to play an important role for Qatar Airways and this new agreement with Iberia reflects our commitment to provide customers with the best service. In linking Iberia’s extensive network across Spain and Portugal with Qatar Airways’ global network of more than 150 destinations, passengers will benefit from seamless connectivity and the growing strength of the Oneworld global network.”

In Spanish: CLICK HERE

 

Iberia prepares to retire the last Airbus A340-300

Type Retired: Last revenue flight was on November 14, 2016 (EC-GUP on flight IB 166 BOS-MAD). However is still available as a back-up aircraft

Iberia (Madrid), despite other reports elsewhere, still has one Airbus A340-300 (EC-GUP) remaining in its active fleet.

As of today, the pictured Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) is being kept by Iberia as a back up aircraft. The airliner may still see it assigned to a revenue flight even through December. Iberia received this week its ninth Airbus A330-200 (EC-MNK) which is the planned replacement aircraft for the last A340-300.

EC-GUP was last operated on November 14, 2016 but remains ready for service at any time.

Iberia introduced the Airbus A340-300 in 1996 when A340-313 EC-154 was delivered on February 29, 1996.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403133.

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Iberia joins Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in joint business on flights between Europe and Japan

Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

Iberia will join Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair on October 18, 2016 in their joint business between Europe and Japan.

The joint business means that the four airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.

Last August Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Iberia in the joint business between British Airways, Japan Airlines and Finnair. The Spanish airline starts today with thrice-weekly non-stop flights Madrid-Tokyo-Madrid.

The joint business opens up all four airlines’ networks between Japan and Europe and allows the airline partners to cooperate on expanding their presence in this growing and important market. The agreement also strengthens the oneworld alliance and enables it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

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