Category Archives: Iberia

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.

IAG backs the Airbus A321XLR with an order for 14 aircraft

International Airlines Group (IAG) has selected the Airbus A321XLR to expand its fleet of highly efficient single aisles with a firm order for 14 aircraft. Of these, eight are destined for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus.

IAG, the parent company of leading airlines also including British Airways, Level and Vueling, is one of Airbus’s largest customers and this agreement will take the overall order from the group to 530 aircraft. IAG airlines combined operate one of the world’s largest Airbus fleets with over 400 aircraft.

The aircraft will enable Aer Lingus to launch new routes beyond the US East Coast and Canada. For Iberia, this is a new aircraft type that will enable it to operate new transatlantic destinations and increase frequencies in key markets.

Images: Airbus.

Iberia to bring the Airbus A350-900 to Chicago O’Hare and Buenos Aires

Iberia Airbus A350-941 F-WZHC (EC-MYX) (msn 227) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942971.

Iberia is assigning the new Airbus A350-900 to two new routes; Chicago (O’Hare) (May 2019) and Buenos Aires (February 2019) from the Madrid hub.

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Top Copyright Photo (all others by Iberia): Iberia Airbus A350-941 F-WZHC (EC-MYX) (msn 227) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942971.

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IAG, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air submit French ATC strikes complaint to European Commission

A320neo, delivered on April 25, 2018

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air have submitted complaints to the European Commission against France as its air traffic controllers’ strikes restrict the fundamental principle of freedom of movement within the EU.

The airlines are not questioning the right to strike but believe France is breaking EU law by not enabling flights over the country during strikes. Passengers on overflights are being denied their fundamental freedom to travel between member states not affected by strike action.

So far this year, French ATC strikes have increased by 300 per cent versus 2017. Last month, the French Senate confirmed that France alone is responsible for 33 per cent of flight delays in Europe. The Senate states also that the right to strike has to be balanced against the obligation to provide public service. (*).

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “The right to strike needs to be balanced against freedom of movement. It’s not only customers flying in and out of France who are affected during French ATC strikes. Passengers on routes that overfly France, especially the large airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are also subject to delays and massive disruptions. This affects all airlines but has a significant negative impact on Spain’s tourism and economy.”

The complaints state that there is a legal precedent to this case. In 1997, the Spanish complained to the European Commission after they suffered for many years when French farmers prevented their fruit and vegetable exports into the EU. The European Court ruled against France as the French authorities didn’t address the farmers’ actions and failed to ensure the free movement of goods (**).

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, said: “Europe’s ATC providers are reaching the point of meltdown with hundreds of flights being cancelled and delayed daily either because of ATC strikes or because Europe’s ATC don’t have enough staff. When Greece and Italy have ATC strikes, overflights continue as normal. Why won’t France do the same? ATC providers (especially in Germany and the UK) are hiding behind adverse weather and euphemisms such as “capacity restrictions” when the truth is they are not rostering enough air traffic controllers to cater for the number of flights that are scheduled to operate. These disruptions are unacceptable, and we call on Europe’s Governments and the EU Commission to take urgent and decisive action to ensure that ATC providers are fully staffed and that overflights are not affected when national strikes take place, as they repeatedly do in France.”

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “We fully respect the right to strike and have been in constructive dialogue with the EU and the French government to address the issue of ATC strikes. Unfortunately, our passengers have felt little progress so far, which is why we felt it is necessary to take this next step – particularly given the sustained industrial action this year which has totalled 29 days to date.”

József Váradi, Wizz Air’s chief executive, said: “The failure of French air traffic control authorities to ensure a continued and adequate service has already caused massive disruption to the travel plans of thousands of passengers across Europe, with airlines left to pick up the pieces. Addressing this issue must be a priority for the European authorities to ensure European citizens and businesses are no longer held hostage to national industrial relations issues.”

According to Eurocontrol, more than 16,000 flights had been delayed by June this year due to ATC strikes, affecting more than two million passengers.

Last summer, the European Commission said that since 2005 there have been around 357 ATC strikes in Europe. That’s the equivalent of roughly one month per year when the EU skies are disrupted.

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British Airways aircraft slide show: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNB (msn 8139) LIS (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942707.

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