Category Archives: Iberia

Photos of the Day: Iberia aircraft stack up at the Madrid base

Robbie Shaw reports from Madrid:

Iberia Airlines aircraft (and some from other IAG carriers) are currently being parked at the Madrid (MAD) hub and maintenance base.

Iberia made this announcement on March 28:

In recent days we have repatriated more than 6.000 people on special flights alone, most of them Spanish who were in Latin America, and we have also opened a health corridor with China for transportation of material. All of this, thanks to the work of the crew who are flying on these planes, most of them volunteers.

Copyright Photos: Robbie Shaw.

IAG’s airlines to reduce capacity by 75%

IAG has issued this statement:

The rapid spread of COVID-19, and associated government travel restrictions and advisories are having a significant and increasingly negative impact on the demand for global air traffic on almost all routes operated by IAG’s airlines.

To date IAG has suspended flights to China, reduced capacity on Asian routes, cancelled all flights to, from and within Italy and made various changes to our network.

The US Presidential announcement to restrict entry of foreign nationals who have been in countries in the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland has added to the uncertainty on North Atlantic routes. In addition, many other countries have banned or are restricting inward travel including Argentina, Chile, India and Peru. Spain has also been the subject of travel advisories, for example by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

IAG is implementing further initiatives in response to this challenging market environment. Capacity, in terms of available seat kilometres, in the first quarter of 2020 is now expected to be reduced by around 7.5 percent compared to last year. For April and May, the Group plans to reduce capacity by at least 75 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

IAG is also taking actions to reduce operating expenses and improve cash flow. These include grounding surplus aircraft, reducing and deferring capital spending, cutting non-essential and non-cyber related IT spend, freezing recruitment and discretionary spending, implementing voluntary leave options, temporarily suspending employment contracts and reducing working hours.

Given the continued uncertainty on the potential impact and duration of COVID-19, it is still not possible to give accurate profit guidance for the full year 2020.

The Group has strong liquidity with cash, cash equivalents and interest-bearing deposits of €7.35 billion as at March 12, 2020. In addition, undrawn general and committed aircraft backed financing facilities amount to €1.9 billion, resulting in total liquidity of €9.3 billion.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “We have seen a substantial decline in bookings across our airlines and global network over the past few weeks and we expect demand to remain weak until well into the summer. We are therefore making significant reductions to our flying schedules. We will continue to monitor demand levels and we have the flexibility to make further cuts if necessary. We are also taking actions to reduce operating expenses and improve cash flow at each of our airlines. IAG is resilient with a strong balance sheet and substantial cash liquidity.”

In light of the exceptional circumstances facing the aviation industry due to COVID-19, and in particular the developing situation in Spain, it has been decided that Luis Gallego will continue in his role as Iberia chief executive for the next few months to lead the response in Spain. In the meantime, Willie Walsh will continue to act as Group chief executive and Javier Sanchez will remain in place as Vueling chief executive.

Antonio Vázquez, IAG´s chairman, said: “As we respond to COVID-19, Willie, Luis and the board of IAG have decided that management stability across the Group should be a priority in the near term. We are grateful that Willie has agreed to delay his retirement for a short period at this challenging time.”

Stephen Gunning
Chief Financial Officer

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Iberia and the Madrid Council present the Stopover Hola Madrid program

  • Stopover Hola Madrid is a programme to encourage long-haul travellers to extend their Madrid stopovers from one to six nights, with offers of special advantages and major discounts on lodging, transport, dining, entertainment, and other services.
  • The aim is to attract more visitors from Europe, the Americas, and Asia, strengthening Iberia’s Madrid hub, and driving demand for long-haul flights operated by the Spanish airline.

Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida and Iberia’s Executive Chairman Luis Gallego jointly presented the new Stopover Hola Madrid programme which is designed to encourage long-haul passengers to extend their Madrid stopovers by up to six nights under very advantageous conditions.

The Madrid Council and the Spanish airline worked together on the programme, aimed at travellers from Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and intended to strengthen Iberia’s Madrid Airport hub, while driving demand for long-haul flights with Iberia.

Madrid is well worth a long stopover

A visit to the El Prado, and the nearby Thyssen Bornemisza art museums, a cold beer with a delicious tapa, or an afternoon shopping –these are but a few reasons to extend a Madrid stopover on you way to or from more far-flung destinations. If you’re not acquainted with Madrid and its environs, now’s your chance!

To tempt international travellers, the Madrid Council and Iberia has designed a comprehensive programme whereby you can interrupt your journey, staying up to six nights in the Spanish capital and enjoying  a wide choice of the best sightseeing, food, shopping, and nightlife with special advantages and discounts.-

Mayor Martínez-Alameda described it as “ Madrid Council will be always supporting to those whose objective is keeping Madrid as an economic, social and cultural reference among capitals in the world. Madrid is a very dynamic city and thanks to its business network is the region with the best GDP. We want to deep in public-private collaboration and enhance business leadership at Madrid”.

In this presentation, Iberia Chairman Luis Gallego stressed the airline’s conviction that Madrid is “one of our best tourist destinations as well as a business centre”. He explained that the airline flies from Madrid to more than 100 international destinations. “This is our flight distribution centre, our hub, and our home, and we want our customers to stay here,” he said.

Welcome to Stopover Hola Madrid:

A guide before you arrive

Some 48 hours before arriving in Madrid, Stopover Hola Madrid customers can obtain a free guidebook with information about local transportation, climate, sightseeing, dining, etc., provided by biduzz. Once in Madrid, they may wish to hire a Biduzzer, an expert personal guide who can provide insider information about places to go and things to do, from the best choices on a menu to the best seats in a theatre.


Free transportation 

On reaching the arrivals area in Madrid, Stopover Hola Madrid can pick up free public transportation cards valid for two days on all municipal buses and the underground Metro.

Other option is to choose a transfer on Alsa or to hire a car from Avis. Both companies offer discounts to Stopover Hola Madrid customers.

To facilitate communication, the Holafly company offers discounted data cards for customers’ phones.


Sleep like a king

Stopover Hola Madrid includes discounts at all Meliá hotels. There are additional advantages for members of the Iberia Plus loyalty scheme who make their reservations at any hotel through Booking.


The Golden Mile of Art

Madrid’s top art museums are located within easy walking distance of each other on a central boulevard. Under the Stopover Hola Madrid programme, visitors are offered special tours of El Prado and the Thyssen Bornemisza.

An afternoon of shopping and beauty treatments

The El Corte Inglés department store chain completes the offer by assigning you a personal image consultant!


Tapas, beer, and flamenco 

Dining and entertainment are two powerful reasons for a Madrid stopover. Free drafts of the legendary Mahou-San Miguel beers await Stopover Hola Madrid visitor at  La Cervecista, in the city centre, a great place to start enjoying the city’s nightlife.

Viator offers you a wide choice of gastronomic and flamenco tours for all tastes and at discount prices.


While you’re in Madrid, you might take up the Alsa coach company’s offer of day-trips to the nearby cities of Toledo, Ávila, or Segovia.


Two destinations for the price of one, plus a 25% discount to a third!

Stopover Hola Madrid is for long-haul travellers on flights operated by Iberia with connections in Madrid Airport. During a long Madrid stopover travellers can take advantage of the programme’s 25% discount on domestic flights with Iberia, Iberia Express, or Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum to an additional Spanish destination.

Don’t worry about luggage 

Stopover Hola Madrid customers also get special discounts for the Bag On Board service, under which Iberia takes your luggage from the hotel and checks it in for you at the airport.


Airport souvenirs

The stopover plan also includes discounts for shopping at Madrid Duty Free in Madrid Airport. Members of the Iberia Plus loyalty programme will also get Avios for their purchases.


Stopover Hola Madrid just a click away

All the details of what the Stopover Hola Madrid plan can offer are available on the website, where you can also book your Iberia tickets and the services that most interest you during your stopover.

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Iberia to expand Airbus A350-900 routes in 2020

Third Airbus A350-900 for Iberia

Iberia currently operates its six Airbus A350-900s from the Madrid hub to New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Buenos Aires and Santiago.

The airline is planning to expand A350 operations with the next six deliveries. IB will open new A350 routes to San Jose (Costa Rica) and Los Angeles with the beginning of the summer 2020 schedule. Tokyo (Narita) will follow in time for the 2020 Olympics.

On June 23, 2019, Iberia’s A350-900 landed for the first time at Chicago. This is the third city, after New York and Buenos Aires.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Iberia Airbus A350-941 EC-NBE (msn 271) MAD (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 945745.

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Iberia adds four China destinations thanks to agreement with Spring Airlines

Iberia has made this announcement:

  • Iberia customers can now reach Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian and Changchun, via Shanghai
  • These flights can be booked from 31 October for flights starting on 1 December

Iberia continues to expand in the Chinese market and customers can now book flights via Shanghai to Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, and Changchun, thanks to a new code sharing agreement signed with Spring Airlines.

Spring Airlines customers can now book flights from Shanghai to Madrid under the Chinese airline flight code on Iberia’s thrice-weekly services between both cities.

Under the code-share agreement, customers of the two airlines will enjoy all the benefits offered to connecting flight passengers: the entire journey on one ticket, a wider choice of flights, guarantees in the event of missed connections, among others.

After last week code-share agreement signed by Iberia with Hainan Airlines to the Chinese cities Haikou, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Xi’an, the Spanish airline’s customers can now flight easily to ten destinations in China.

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Iberia to launch a new route from Madrid to Cairo

Iberia Airbus A319-111 EC-JVE (msn 2843) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946929.

Iberia has made this announcement:

Pending approval by authorities, Iberia will launch a new route from Madrid to Cairo on March 2, 2020.

Photo: Iberia.

The Spanish carrier will operate four weekly flights with an A319 aircraft which can accommodate up to 141 customers, distributed in Business and Economy cabins. Iberia will be offering more than 1,100 seats each week in this route.

Flight Schedule

Best Flight Connections

The flight schedule will allow Iberia customers flying from Egypt to continue their trip via Madrid Airport to other 21 destinations in Spain such as Bilbao, Valencia, Seville, Malaga or Alicante, or Porto in Portugal. They will also be able to fly to 25 cities in the U.S. and Latin America.

Cairo will become Iberia’s seventh destination in the African continent, where it also serves Casablanca, Tangiers and Marrakech in Morocco; Algiers and Oran in Algeria, as well as Dakar in Senegal.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A319-111 EC-JVE (msn 2843) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946929.

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Spanish “Tapas” on Iberia flights

Iberia has made this announcement:

  • Exquisite Iberian cold cuts and cheeses for Business passengers on domestic flights
  • On long-haul flights, gazpacho, fresh salads, meat and fish garnished with vegetables.

In summer, Iberia carries the largest number of customers of different nationalities, and this year the airline is seizing the opportunity to familiarise them with Spanish gastronomy.

Cold cuts, chorizo, cheeses

Business passenger on domestic flights are now served chilled sherry with “tapas” of cold cuts, cured sausage, and the best regional cheeses.

Meat tapas will feature salchichon and fuet (peppery pork salamis), spicy chorizo pork sausage, lomo (cured pork loin), and cecina (thin salt beef slices). Cheeses include are the ever popular manchego, and the distinctive Basque Idiazábal, the Minorcan Mahón, the Canary Island Majorero, etc. The offering will always be different on outbound and inbound Madrid flights.

Gazpacho and Tortilla Española (potato omelette) over the Atlantic

Business Class passengers on Iberia’s long-haul flights this summer can enjoy a larger offering of Spanish specialities in the lunch and dinner service.

For starters, they can choose delectable gazpacho or salmorejo, both tomato-based cold soups, the former more spicy and the latter more creamy, served with exotic fresh salads including apple and mango, or more traditional ones with tuna and tomato.

Main dishes include such characteristic Spanish specialities as marinated chicken, cured acorn-fed pork jowls, veal sirloin, and other delicious meat and fish dishes made with the most select ingredients and garnished with vegetables such as salted mushrooms, braised potatoes with onion and peppers, or string beans. A star attraction is the salmon with pumpkin, beets, and spinach.

Snack service for Business Classpassengers on long-haul Iberia flights includes the classic tortilla española (a robust omelette made with parboiled potatoes and onions), served with green asparagus, candied artichokes, and grilled tomatoes. Other options include a tuna turnover or pie with a tomato salad.

Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rueda Wines

To accompany these dishes Iberia serves its selection of Spanish wines from the Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Rueda regions, including some “boutique” artisanal vintages.

The idea is to promote Spanish wines amongst those passengers who may not be familiar with their great quality and enormous variety.