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Iberia to fly 85% of its capacity this summer

Iberia has made this announcement:

  • Iberia and Iberia Express were the most punctual network and low cost airline in the world in January and, in February, Iberia was the second most punctual in the world and Iberia Express the second in Europe
  • The United States will be its star market, with the premiere of the routes to Dallas and Washington and the recovery of San Francisco
  • In Latin America, Iberia recovers the two daily flights with Argentina, Colombia and Mexico
  • In Europe, the airline will operate 100% of the capacity it had before the pandemic
  • And in Spain, Iberia Express has scheduled 27 percent more seats than in 2019 with the Balearic and Canary islands, where it will offer up to 2.7 million seats

 

If the evolution of the current socio-political context allows it, Iberia will recover this summer 85 percent of the capacity it offered in 2019. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the airline has opted to stimulate demand by offering the largest possible capacity and, in the next summer season and, despite the difficult socio-political context, it has already recovered almost the entire network of destinations and has been incorporating frequencies in the markets where restrictions have been lifted and demand is still recovering.

Specifically, Iberia will operate this summer up to 340 weekly long-haul flights, 220 with Latin America and another 120 between Europe and the North Atlantic; the airline will reach pre-pandemic levels in Europe and its subsidiary Iberia Express will increase its capacity in the Balearic and Canary Islands by about 30 percent over 2019.

 

The United States, the big bet

Washington

The United States will be the country where Iberia deploys the largest capacity: in the summer season it will go from six to nine destinations with more than 120 weekly flights between Spain and the United States. Starting in June, the airline will launch the route to Washington that it announced before the pandemic, to which it adds Dallas and the recovery of San Francisco. In addition, it increases flights to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. More specifically:

Iberia will fly direct from Spain to Washington. From June 1 to October 29, the airline has scheduled four weekly flights (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) with the capital of the United States where the main government institutions of that country are concentrated: the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court.

Flight Origin Destiny Exit Arrival*
IB6131 Madrid Washington 12:10 15:15
IB6132 Washington Madrid 16:45 06:30

*Schedules vary slightly depending on the month of operation

Starting June 1, Iberia will also operate to Dallas, the great metropolis of North Texas. Flights have been scheduled from June 1 to October 29, with four weekly frequencies (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). Dallas is the great hub of American Airlines, which ensures great connectivity within the United States for Iberia customers within its joint business agreement with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair for the operation of routes between Europe and the North Atlantic.

Dallas

Vuelo Origen Destino Salida Llegada*
IB6146 Madrid Dallas 15:55 19:50
IB6147 Dallas Madrid 21:25 14:20

*Los horarios varían ligeramente en función del mes de operación

Iberia recupera también la ruta a San Francisco desde el 1 de junio y hasta el 30 de septiembre con tres frecuencias semanales (lunes, miércoles y viernes). Solo las aerolíneas del grupo IAG ofrecen vuelos directos con San Francisco; Iberia desde Madrid y LEVEL desde Barcelona, a partir del 29 de marzo y con cuatro frecuencias semanales (martes, jueves, sábados y domingos)

Vuelo Origen Destino Salida Llegada
IB6193 Madrid San Francisco 12:20 16:15
IB6174 San Francisco Madrid 17:50 14:10

 

San Francisco

In addition, Iberia will have up to 14 weekly flights Madrid-New York, which are in addition to the daily LEVEL flight from Barcelona. It will offer another 14 flights with MiamiChicago will have up to seven flights a week, and Boston will also arrive on the daily flight in July and August, an operation that is complemented by LEVEL’s four weekly Barcelona-Boston frequencies. Los Angeles will have up to five weekly Iberia frequencies from Madrid and four more FROM LEVEL from Barcelona.

The offer is completed with up to five weekly flights to San Juan de Puerto Rico, a destination that is also part of the joint business agreement for the routes between Europe and the North Atlantic that Iberia maintains together with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.

 

Double daily flight to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico

In this summer season, Iberia will also recover a good part of the frequencies it offered in its main markets in Latin America, and will already reach 220 weekly flights in July and August.

Starting in June, it will offer 19 weekly flights with Mexico, which is already very close to the three daily flights it operated before the pandemic. In Colombia, Iberia exceeds the capacity of the pandemic with two daily flights (four more than in 2019), and in Argentina it will also reach two daily flights in July and August.

With PeruChile and Brazil Iberia consolidates its flight daily, with Ecuador there will also be seven flights a week, four to Quito and another three to Guayaquil, and with Uruguay it will offer between four and five weekly flights.

In the Caribbean, Iberia will reach nine weekly flights with the Dominican Republic in July and August, and in Cuba it increases its offer to four weekly flights.

In Central America, Iberia maintains its operation with direct flights to Costa Rica (up to six weekly flights), Guatemala-El Salvador (four weekly flights) and Panama (up to five weekly flights).

 

In Europe, pre-pandemic levels are reached

This summer, Iberia and Iberia Express fully recover the capacity it offered in 2019 in the short and medium radius and even exceeds it in some destinations, such as flights with the Canary islands and the Balearic Islands.

One more summer, Iberia is betting on destinations where you can do outdoor activities. In Portugal it will offer flights to Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal and, for the second consecutive year, it will fly to the Azores Islands, to Ponta Delgada.

Italy will also have a large deployment in terms of destinations and frequencies. It will fly to 11 destinations: Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Naples, Bologna and Turin and, from mid-June, Catania, Olbia, Cagliari (operated by Iberia) and Bari (operated by Iberia Express) will be added.

Croatia is one of the most attractive international destinations for outdoor activities. This summer Iberia will once again offer flights to three destinations that allow you to travel the country: Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.

And Greece completes the quartet of summer offers, with flights to Athens and Corfu, operated by Iberia and to Mykonos, Crete and Santorini, operated by Iberia Express.

Given the good reception of the routes with Bergen (Norway) and Keflavik (Iceland), and for the most adventurous customers, Iberia and Iberia Express will respectfully offer up to two weekly flights originating in the Spanish capital.

 

About 30 percent more seats in the Balearic and Canary Islands

Iberia Express has scheduled 27 percent more seats than in 2019 with the Balearic and Canary islands, where it will offer up to 2.7 million seats between both archipelagos.

Iberia Express land

Specifically, it will offer more than 1.7 million seats with the Canary Islands, highlighting,

especially, the increase in capacity on routes to Lanzarote (+42% compared to 2019), Gran Canaria (+25%) and Fuerteventura (+23%). This means that Iberia Express will operate an average of 48 weekly frequencies to Tenerife (34 to Tenerife North and 14 to Tenerife South), 48 to Gran Canaria, 18 to Lanzarote, 15 to Fuerteventura and 10 to La Palma. The operation with the Canary Islands is completed with up to two weekly frequencies on the transversal routes Oviedo-Tenerife North and Tenerife North-Vigo.

The Balearic Islands is another of Iberia Express’ big bets for this summer, and has scheduled close to one million seats. Mallorca will have an average of 45 weekly frequencies, – up to 7 daily return flights -, Ibiza with 22 and Menorca with 13.

 

The most punctual in the world in January

Iberia and Iberia Express have started the year with excellent punctuality quotas, as reflected by the Cirium platform, a specialist in aviation data analysis.

In January, Iberia was the most punctual network airline in the world and Iberia Express the most punctual low cost in the world and in February, Iberia the second in the world and Iberia Express the second Europe. In the case of Iberia, both months exceeded 94 percent of flights in hour; while Iberia Express exceeded 95 percent of hourly flights in January and more than 90 percent in February.

 

Iberia to add nine aircraft to its fleet in the first half of 2022

Iberia has made this announcement:

  • Three Airbus A350-900s and six A320neo’s with deliveries starting this month
  • Over the next two years the airline plans to add another A350-900s with a new cabin configuration, plus three more A320neo’s
  • The first A321XLR is also scheduled to arrive by the end of 2023

Thanks to Iberia’s gradual recovery in all its markets, the Spanish airline has revived fleet arrival plans, stalled by the pandemic. In the first half of this year, it will take delivery of nine new aircraft –three long-haul A350-900s, and six A320neo’s for medium- and short-haul routes.

Eleven New Airbus A350-900s

Of the 20 Airbus A350-900s ordered, Iberia had held up deliveries of eleven.

The first, registered as EC-NMZ and named “Hola, Madrid” was delivered on 23 February, and two more will join the fleet before the end of March, bringing the total to 12.

These aircraft are 30%-35% more fuel-efficient than those they replace, thanks to lighter materials used in airframe construction and to advanced Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

The remaining eight Airbus A350-900s on order will be delivered gradually through 2024 and will feature a new configuration including Business, Premium Economy, and Economy cabins while giving Iberia passengers an improved travel experience.

Six Airbus A320neo’s with Airspace Cabins

In the course of 2022 Iberia expects to take delivery of a total of six Airbus A320neo, which will replace the planes retired due to low demand during the pandemic.

The first two of these joined the fleet in this month of February, and four more are due to arrive in the coming months.

These new A320neo’s are equipped with “Airspace” cabins, with more room and comfort for passengers, more ample storage space for hand luggage, “mood lighting”, and antibacterial surfaces in toilets, along with other innovations.

The six new units will bring Iberia’s A320neo fleet to a total of 14. They are regarded as the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient of short- and medium-haul commercial aircraft. Powered by Leap-1A CFM engines, they are 50% quieter and 15% to 20% cleaner than their predecessors, emitting 5,000 tonnes less CO2 per year and 50% less NOx.

The remaining three units on order are to be delivered in 2023.

Eight more Airbus A321XLRs

The first aircraft of the eight-unit A321XLR order IAG placed for Iberia in 2019, is also scheduled to arrive in late 2023. This new aircraft model will allow the airline to operate new transatlantic destinations and increase frequencies in key markets.

On June 1, Iberia will head to Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington Dulles and San Francisco

Iberia made this announcement:

  • Opens the Madrid-Washington and Madrid-Dallas/Fort Worth routes with four frequencies to each destination, and resumes the route to San Francisco with three other flights
  • In addition, it will increase its offer with New York, Boston and Los Angeles,
  • In total, Iberia will offer up to more than 120 weekly flights to nine destinations in the US, including Puerto Rico, and adds forces in this market with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair

Iberia will fly direct from Spain to Washington. As of June, the airline has scheduled four weekly flights with the capital of the United States where the main government institutions of that country are concentrated: the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court.

Specifically, flights are scheduled from June 1 to October 29, with four weekly frequencies (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) and operated by Airbus A330 family aircraft. The schedules of flights departing from Madrid at 12:10 in the morning, facilitate connections from any other point in Spain and the vast majority of Iberia destinations in Europe.

Flight Origin Destiny Exit Arrival*
IB6131 Madrid Washington 12:10 15:15
IB6132 Washington Madrid 16:45 06:30

*Schedules vary slightly depending on the month of operation

 

Madrid-Dallas/Fort Worth, Iberia’s new route

Starting in June, Iberia will also operate in this large North Texas metropolis. Flights have been scheduled from June 1 to October 29, with four weekly frequencies (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and operated by Airbus A330/200 aircraft with capacity for 288 passengers.

The flight schedule will allow the best connections from the more than 100 Iberia destinations in Europe. In addition, Dallas is the great hub of American Airlines, which ensures great connectivity within the United States for customers within the joint business agreement that Iberia maintains with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair for the operation of routes between Europe and the North Atlantic.

Flight Origin Destiny Exit Arrival*
IB6146 Madrid Dallas 15:55 19:50
IB6147 Dallas Madrid 21:25 14:20

*Schedules vary slightly depending on the month of operation

 

Return to San Francisco

This summer Iberia returns to San Francisco, a route that had to be interrupted during the pandemic. From June 1 to September 30, it has scheduled three weekly frequencies (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) with departure at 12:20 also to facilitate connections. The aircraft scheduled to operate the route is the Airbus A330/200, with capacity for 288 passengers.

Flight Origin Destiny Exit Arrival
IB6193 Madrid San Francisco 12:20 16:15
IB6174 San Francisco Madrid 17:50 14:10

 

Only IAG group airlines offer direct flights to San Francisco; Iberia from Madrid and LEVEL from Barcelona, from 29 March and with four weekly frequencies (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays)

 

Strong commitment to the USA of Iberia and LEVEL

With all this, Iberia makes a strong commitment to the USA, the country that concentrates its largest capacity, and where it will go from six to nine destinations in the summer season.

In addition to the launch of the new destinations and the recovery of San Francisco, Iberia will increase its capacity in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, and has scheduled up to more than 120 weekly flights between Spain and the United States.

Specifically, this summer Iberia will have up to 14 weekly flights Madrid-New York, which are added to the daily FLIGHT of LEVEL from Barcelona.

Iberia will offer another 14 flights with MiamiChicago will have up to seven flights a week, and Boston will also arrive on the daily flight in July and August, an operation that is complemented by LEVEL’s four weekly Barcelona-Boston frequencies.

Los Angeles will have up to five weekly Iberia frequencies from Madrid and four more FROM LEVEL from Barcelona.

The offer is completed with up to five weekly flights to San Juan de Puerto Rico, a destination that is also part of the joint business agreement for the routes between Europe and the North Atlantic that Iberia maintains together with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.

 

Joint Europe-US business

The joint business agreement for the operation of routes between Europe and the North Atlantic began in 2010 between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia, Finnair joined in 2013, LEVEL in 2017 and Aer Lingus in 2021. Customers can combine flights operated by any of the six companies to get the best deals and enjoy more efficient connections thanks to the coordination of schedules. The new routes for this summer are:

Aer Lingus has launched two new routes: from Manchester to New York, and from Manchester to Orlando.

American Airlines will operate Charlotte-Rome, from April 5 to October 29, 2022.

British Airways will operate Heathrow-Portland from June 3 and, on the same day, will also recover the Heathrow -Pittsburgh route.

Finnair has launched a new route from Helsinki to Dallas and, from June 1 to October 29, also Helsinki – Seattle.

And LEVEL will debut Barcelona-Los Angeles on March 28 and will operate up to four weekly frequencies.

Iberia Group passengers doubled this Christmas

Iberia Group made this announcement:

  • From December 22, 2021 through January 9, 2022, Iberia, Iberia Express, and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum operated nearly 5,700 flights, almost 75% more that in the same period a year ago.

 

  • Iberia Express scheduled 180,000 seats to and from the Canary Islands, improving on pre-pandemic performance.

 

  • During the entire holiday season Iberia achieve regularity of 99.4% and punctuality of 93,5%, besting all other European network airlines

 

  • The Group’s handing unit, Iberia Airport Services, served triple the number of passengers at 19 Spanish airports, hiring nearly 1,000 additional employees.

 

  • Iberia Group staff again rose to the occasion during a holiday season greatly complicated by the appearance of the Omicron variant, prolonging the pandemic.

The Iberia Group ended the holiday period on a high note, with 75% more flights and nearly triple the number of passengers compared to a year ago.

Iberia, Iberia Express, and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum together operated nearly 5,700 flights in the December 22- January 9 period, almost 75% more than those of the same period a year ago.

The three airlines also carried some 1.2 million passengers during the holidays, almost triple the 478,000 figure of the year before.

Canary Islands capacity was raised by 4% in the period, to 180,000 seats. This was larger than the number offered in 2019, before the outbreak of the pandemic.

 

Top Punctuality and Regularity

Iberia Group airlines posted regularity of 99.44% (no flights were cancelled due to Covid-19) and punctuality of 93.5%, which was tops amongst European network airlines during the period, and third in the world, according to Flightstats.

The group made use of the flexibility of the special lay-off arrangements in order to field the employees required at each moment. Idled flight deck and cabin crews amounted to 17% of total flight staff at the beginning of December, but this has since dwindled to 4%.

In both December and January Iberia deployed additional personnel to deal with incidents, and throughout the pandemic it has helped laid off flight deck and cabin staff to maintain or upgrade their professional qualifications in order to facilitate their reincorporation at a moment’s notice.

Servicio a bordo 02

3.1 Million Passengers Served by Iberia’s Ground Handling Unit

During the holiday period Iberia Airport Services provided ground services to some 11,200 flights, and 3.1 million passengers –nearly triple the number registered a year ago– at 19 Spanish airports where it serves Iberia and third-party airlines.

The handling unit, which will compete to renew its airport contracts this year, has reincorporated all laid-off employees and added nearly a thousand more during the holiday season, deploying them chiefly in Barcelona, Madrid,  and Tenerife.

In summer 2022, Iberia will already exceed its pre-COVID capacity in Puerto Rico, restores flights to Maldives and Cali

Iberia is increasing its presence in Puerto Rico with this announcement:

  • The Spanish airline has announced the increase of the operation with the Caribbean island and will add an additional frequency in its summer program to reach five weekly flights
  • Iberia will offer more than 84,000 seats between the months of April and October, which will be 25 percent more than the same period of 2019, even exceeding the pre-pandemic capacity
  • The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft with capacity for 288 passengers.
  • Last summer, Iberia celebrated 72 years since its first flight to Puerto Rico and with this increase in offer the airline strengthens its commitment to this market and reinforces its leadership in Latin America
  • San Juan de Puerto Rico is also part of the joint business agreement for routes between Europe and the North Atlantic that Iberia maintains together with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair
  • The agreement signed between Iberia and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company includes the promotion of tourism promotion in the country in the more than 90 destinations to which the airline flies in Europe

Iberia has announced today, facing the summer season, the increase of its operation with San Juan de Puerto Rico by adding one more frequency to its current offer, to reach five flights a week.

This increase in capacity will add more than 84,000 seats between the months of April and October, which will be 25 percent more than the same period of 2019, even above the pre-pandemic offer, which shows the commitment of the airline and reinforces its leadership in Latin America.

A firm commitment to this market that Iberia has also wanted to maintain in its winter program – which includes from October to March – with four weekly frequencies.

San Juan de Puerto Rico is also part of the joint business agreement for routes between Europe and the North Atlantic that Iberia maintains together with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.

 

Increased connectivity

The increase in the operation aims to improve connectivity between the Caribbean destination and the more than 90 destinations to which Iberia flies in Europe.

Flight schedules will be:

 

Route Flight No. Days of operation Departure time Arrival time
Puerto Rico-Madrid IB 6300 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:20 p.m. 10:30 a.m.
Madrid-Puerto Rico IB 6301 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with capacity for 288 passengers, 19 in Business Class and 269 in Economy Class. The Airbus A330-200 are twin-engine aircraft and a 15% more fuel efficient.

In other news, Iberia is restoring flights to:

  • the Maldives, and after the proper functioning of the route during the summer months, Iberia will operate two direct flights to Male that will be maintained from December to February 2022
  • As for Cali, it will operate with three weekly flights,in this case from December to March 2022, which will be added to the offer to Bogotá, currently with 10 frequencies, even exceeding the capacity we offered before the pandemic.
  • Along with Maldives and Cali, the airline will offer flights to 21 other cities in 17 countries in Latin America, the U.S. and the Maldives.
  • In Spain, the Group will increase connectivity with the Canary Islands with 73 return flights and 27,000 additional seats, which will mean an increase in capacity of 18 percent.
  • And it will also reinforce other domestic destinations such as Bilbao, A Coruña or Vigo, where it will increase its offer up to four daily flights per direction, and also with Asturias and San Sebastian, where it has scheduled more frequencies

 

Iberia recovers on December 2 its flights with Cali and on December 3 the route to the Maldives, two of the main novelties of its winter program.

Regarding the Maldives, after the good functioning of the route during the summer months, Iberia has decided to resume its two direct flights to Malé that will be maintained from December to February 2022.

As for Cali, it also recovers this destination with three weekly flights, in this case from December to March 2022, which are added to the offer to Bogotá, currently with 10 frequencies and, from February 2022, with two daily flights exceeding even the capacity we offered before the pandemic.

 

 

Iberia CCO says airline now more pessimistic about Air Europa deal

From Reuters:

“Iberia airline’s chief commercial officer said on Thursday the Spain-based company was now more pessimistic than optimistic about the acquisition of its rival Air Europa after the latest regulatory setback in the half-billion-euro takeover bid.”

Read the full story.

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/iberia-cco-says-airline-now-more-pessimistic-about-air-europa-deal-2021-11-25/

Iberia and Repsol make the first flight with biofuel produced from waste in Spain

Iberia made this announcement:

  • Iberia and Repsol have completed the Madrid–Bilbao route with sustainable fuel produced from waste at the Petronor Industrial Complex. The flight was operated with an Iberia Airbus A320neo, one of the airline company’s most efficient aircrafts.
  • This low-carbon footprint flight is a further step towards the decarbonization of the aviation sector thanks to the use of biofuels and improved energy efficiency. It has resulted in a reduction in emissions of 1.4 tons of CO2.
  • Aena, in line with its role as a promoter and facilitator of the decarbonization of air transport, supports this initiative and is also working on collaborative projects to promote the production of sustainable fuel to encourage its use by airlines.
  • This is the first initiative arising from the collaboration agreement towards a more sustaina-ble mobility signed by Repsol and Iberia last July, which includes the development of low-carbon aviation fuels.
  • Repsol is a pioneer in the manufacture of sustainable aviation fuels in Spain. With this production at its industrial complexes, the company is anticipating the different measures that the EU is aiming to establish to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels.
  • Iberia is basing its sustainability strategy on three pillars: more efficient operations, a more sustainable travel experience for its customers, and a commitment to research and devel-opment of sustainable fuels and other technologies.

Iberia and Repsol have made the first flight using biofuel produced from waste in Spain. The biojet used belongs to the batch produced last August at the Petronor Industrial Complex, which is located near Bilbao and belongs to the Repsol Group. The scheduled flight IB426 was operated with an Airbus A320neo aircraft of the Spanish airline, with a capacity of 180 passengers and currently one of the most efficient aircrafts in the world. Equipped with Leap-1st CFM engines, Iberia’s A320neo aircrafts reduces noise by 50% and are more environmentally friendly, emitting 5,000 tons of CO2 less per year and 50% less NOx. The flight also performed more efficiently through a flight operation that improves fuel efficiency by reaching the optimum altitude level in the climb and descent phases.

From left to right: Ana Salazar, Head of Sustainability Division, Aena; Teresa Parejo, Sustainability Director, Iberia; and Berta Cabello, Senior Refining Transformation Manager.

In this operation, Iberia and Repsol have counted with the participation of Aena that works collaboratively with the different agents to promote the global decarbonization of the air transport sector. It supports this initiative by also working on collaborative projects to promote the production of sustainable fuels, with the aim of encouraging its use by airlines.

On the Madrid-Bilbao route, this flight has managed to reduce the emission of 1.4 tons of CO2, thanks to the improved fuel efficiency provided by the aircraft, together with the use of the sustainable biofuel. In addition, a zero-emissions electric-powered aviation fuel supply vehicle has been used for refueling. All ground operations (loading and unloading of baggage, assistance to the aircraft, and towing to the runway) have used the most efficient vehicles that Iberia Airport Services has deployed throughout its network of airports in Spain, such as the mototok, an advanced electric vehicle controlled by remote control to perform the push back maneuver to the aircraft. On board, Iberia is also testing different packaging solutions to replace single-use plastics.

The batch of jet biofuel used is the third manufactured by Repsol and the first on the Spanish market produced from waste as raw material. The energy company thus integrates circular economy instruments in the process, transforming waste into high added-value products such as low carbon footprint fuels. Two previous batches were produced from biomass at Repsol’s industrial complexes in Puertollano and Tarragona.

This initiative is part of the collaboration agreement towards a more sustainable mobility signed by Repsol and Iberia last July and is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations through the 2030 Agenda. The agreement translates into the development of ambitious joint pro-grams and activities in three areas: the development of low-carbon aviation fuels, the production of electricity and renewable hydrogen to decarbonize Iberia’s fleet of vehicles, and the ecological transition to more sustainable facilities through new technologies based on artificial intelligence, among others.

It is a first milestone in the roadmap of the agreement, which envisages future flights using biofuels with a low carbon footprint to achieve a more sustainable and efficient mobility in the aviation sector. Electrification is not viable at the moment and renewable hydrogen still requires a technological breakthrough in aircraft, so biofuels will be the fastest and most efficient option for reducing emissions in air transport over the next few years.

Decarbonization of aviation sector

The aviation sector is moving decisively towards decarbonization through the use of biofuels. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set itself the target of zero carbon emissions growth from 2020, for which it is developing various initiatives. Among these, the use of different sustainable fuels, such as biofuels and advanced biofuels produced from waste, stands out for its high contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

On July 14, the European Commission presented the Fit for 55 package, which includes the RefuelEU Aviation initiative. Its aim is to boost the supply and demand of sustainable aviation fuels in the European Union, reaching a use of 2% in 2025, 5% in 2030, and 63% in 2050. In this way, the environmental foot-print of aviation will be reduced, while contributing to the achievement of the European Union’s climate targets.

Repsol is a pioneer in the manufacture of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in Spain. With the production of these fuels in its industrial complexes it is anticipating the different measures that EU institutions are establishing to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels. In this sense, both SAF obtained from biomass and advanced biofuels from waste are included in the list of sustainable fuels in the European Renewable Energy Directive.

Net zero emissions target by 2050

Repsol aims to lead the energy transition, in line with the Paris Agreement, and thus limit the increase in global temperature to well below 2ºC. The drive for sustainable fuels is in addition to the projects that Repsol has already deployed in energy efficiency, low-emission electricity generation, renewable hydrogen, circular economy, synthetic fuels, and carbon capture, use, and storage, and is one of the company’s main strategic drivers to achieve its goal of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2050.

The company has a circular economy strategy in place since 2018. Itis embodied in more than 230 initiatives and the ambition to annually use three million tons of waste as raw material for its products by 2030. In October 2020, it announced the construction of Spain’s first advanced biofuels plant, which will be commissioned in 2023. It will be located in Cartagena and will have a capacity per year of 250,000 tons of biofuels produced from waste and valid for cars, trucks, and airplanes. In the port of Bilbao, in the vicinity of the Petronor Industrial Complex, Repsol is planning one of the world’s largest synthetic fuel plants, using renewable hydrogen and CO2 as the only raw materials. The plant will be commissioned in 2024 and will have a capacity of more than 2,100 tons per year.

In addition, technological progress and the deployment of current and future projects has enabled the company to increase its ambition in the carbon intensity reduction targets set out in its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. The new decarbonization path to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 establishes a reduction in the Carbon Intensity Indicator of 15% in 2025, 28% in 2030, and 55% in 2040, compared to the previous targets of 12%, 25%, and 50%, respectively.

For its part, Iberia is part of IAG, which was the first airline group to commit to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. In addition, by 2030, IAG airlines will operate a minimum of 10% of their flights with sustainably sourced fuels. The Group will purchase one million tons of sustainable aviation fuel per year, enabling it to reduce carbon emissions by two million tons by 2030, roughly the equivalent to the CO2 absorption of a forest the size of 400,000 soccer fields. In addition, IAG will become the first airline group in the world to extend its commitment to net zero CO2 emissions through its supply chain.

Iberia is basing its environmental strategy on three pillars: more efficient operations – including all fleet renewal initiatives, fuel consumption reductions, and vehicle electrification, among others; a more sustainable travel experience for its customers – through the digitalization of services, the progressive elimination of plastics on board, the development of its waste management system, and carbon footprint offsetting; and its commitment to the ecological transition of aviation, especially through its collaboration in the re-search and development of sustainably sourced fuels.

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Alaska Airlines launches new codeshare agreement with alliance partner Iberia Airlines

Alaska Airlines further expanded its global reach today with the announcement of a new codeshare agreement with Iberia Airlines, a fellow member of the oneworld alliance. The agreement further strengthens the existing partnership between the two airlines by providing flyers with exciting and convenient travel options.

The agreement allows passengers on Iberia to book travel and easily connect to more than 40 routes throughout Alaska’s network for travel on or after October 7, 2021. On the West Coast, Iberia has nonstop service between Los Angeles and its Madrid hub, and seasonal service between San Francisco and Barcelona – enabling seamless connectivity to the Alaska network beyond both California cities.

Alaska launched its partnership with Iberia on March 31, 2021, the same day Alaska formally became a member of the oneworld global alliance.

Iberia issued this statement:

  • Following the integration of Alaska Airlines into the oneworld alliance in March this year, the airlines are further strengthening their collaboration by announcing a new codeshare.
  • This agreement will strengthen the connectivity of Iberia and LEVEL in the United States and, more specifically, on routes with the west coast and will allow customers to offer more destinations
  •  Iberia operates three weekly frequencies between Madrid and Los Angeles and, from there, its customers will be able to continue to more than 20 routes in the United States operated by Alaska Airlines
  • In the case of San Francisco, the agreement with Alaska Airlines includes more than 15 other codeshare routes, which will connect with flights from Barcelona operated by LEVEL and with Iberia’s Madrid-San Francisco route, as soon as the airline recovers it.
  • All these flights are now available for sale and can be booked from today
  • As a next step, Alaska Airlines will add its code to Iberia and LEVEL’s transatlantic flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco, maximizing its collaboration with both airlines.
  •  Among other advantages, this codeshare agreement will allow frequent customers of Iberia and Alaska Airlines to continue accumulating and redeeming points in their respective loyalty programs,and enjoy all the advantages and benefits of being part of oneworld.

 

Iberia, LEVEL and Alaska Airlines expand their global network by announcing today a new codeshare agreement that will strengthen connectivity between Spain and the west coast of the United States, specifically, with 37 new routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Iberia operates three weekly flights to Los Angeles -with the Airbus A330/200with capacity for 288 passengers- and, thanks to this collaboration agreement, the spanish airline’s customers will be able to connect with more than 20 routes that Alaska Airlines offers in the United States:Anchorage, Boise, Bozeman, Eugene, Fresno, Kalispell, Spokane, Honolulu, Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, Medford, Maui-Kahului, Everett-Paine Field, Portland, Redmond, Reno-Tahoe, Seattle-Tacoma, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake City and Santa Rosa-Sonoma County.

In the case of San Francisco, the agreement with Alaska Airlines includes more than 15 other codeshare routes, which will connect with flights from Barcelona operated by LEVEL from March 2022, and also with the Madrid-San Francisco route, as soon as Iberia recovers it. Specifically, the 15 routes operated by Alaska from San Francisco are: Boise, Bozeman, Spokane, Honolulu, Jackson Hole, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Missoula, Maui-Kahului, Portland, Phoenix, Palm Springs, San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma, Salt Lake City and Santa Ana-Orange County.

All these codeshare flights are now available through Iberia’s usual sales channels. In addition, in the short term, Alaska Airlines will add its code to the transatlantic flights of both airlines, which will further expand the collaboration of the three in the Spain-West Coast market of the USA.

 

Iberia proposes to its unions the negotiation of an ERTE for organizational and productive reasons

Iberia made this announcement:

  • The airline remains at capacity levels 30-35 percent lower than 2019 due, mainly, to restrictions on tourism with the United States and Latin America.

The slowdown in the economic recovery, together with the growing uncertainty about whether force majeure ERTEs will be applied to the airline sector and under what conditions, have motivated Iberia’s decision to start negotiations with its unions on an ERTE for organizational and productive reasons.

Due to the slow recovery of both long-haul and connecting flights as well as business travel and the prohibitions, restrictions and quarantines still in force in many countries, Iberia considers it essential that the extension of the force majeure ERTE that the Government and the social partners are negotiating include the air sector to safeguard the employment of workers in the sector.

In any case, Iberia needs to continue applying adjustment measures and this was reported last Friday to its unions. The airline continues at capacity levels 30-35 lower than in 2019 due, mainly, to restrictions on tourism with the United States, Latin America, Japan and China.

This has led Iberia to propose to its unions the intention of starting to negotiate an ERTE for organizational and productive reasons, necessary to be able to continue adjusting its resources to the real capacity and protect employment.

The talks on this ERTE would begin without prejudice to the decisions that Iberia may adopt regarding the ERTEs of force majeure, once the result of the negotiation that is being carried out within the Social Dialogue is known.

Force majeure ERTEs have been a fundamental tool to safeguard employment during the worst aviation crisis, and are the ones that currently apply to the entire tourism sector in Spain and, at present, are being applied in the airline as well.

Iberia returns to the Maldives and Cali this winter season, expands domestic flights

"San Juan de la Peña"

Iberia has made this announcement:

Tropical Beach with Water-Bungalows on the Maldives

  • Two weekly flights to Malé from December through February, and three weekly flights to Cali, from December through March.

  • In Spain, the Madrid-Barcelona shuttle is experiencing the fastest growth, with 68 flights operating weekly –up to 11 flights per day in each direction.

  • Iberia is also expecting continued domestic demand growth, especially in business travel, between Madrid and Bilbao, La Coruña, and Vigo, and is scheduling four daily return flights to all three cities. Capacity will also be increased on flights to Asturias, San Sebastián and Santander.

  • In European flights Iberia is boosting Madrid-Paris services to as many as seven daily flights in each direction, reaching both Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports). It is already operating five daily return flights to London, while increasing capacity to LisbonOportoFrankfurtBrusselsGenevaMilanRomeZurichDüsseldorf, Munich, Venice, Lyon, and Marseilles.

  • In total, this winter Iberia will fly to 23 long-haul destinations in 17 countries, with nearly 280 flights per week.

  • Iberia’s fastest-growing markets in Latin America are Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia, and it is also adding flights to Central America and Uruguay.

  • In the United States, Iberia is increasing its services to New York and Miami to 10 flights per week, while continuing to fly to  ChicagoBoston, and Los Angeles.

  • Meanwhile, the airline has just extended its promotional fares campaign until 22 September.

In the winter season that begins on October 31, 2021, Iberia is expecting the continued recovery of passenger traffic, while contributing to it with promotional fares, and adding destinations and flight frequencies.

After its summer success, Iberia’s new Maldives Islands destination will be maintained through the winter, with two direct return flights per week from December through February.

In December-March the airline will fly three times per week to Cali,  Colombia, which was a popular destination this summer.

The Madrid-Barcelona Shuttle Takes Off

Domestic air travel in Spain is showing a strong recovery in general, and flight frequencies to all destinations are being increased.

In September Iberia raised capacity by 32% on its Madrid-Barcelona shuttle service, the Puente Aéreo (“Air Bridge”). Further increases this winter will take it to 69 flights per week, or up to 11 daily return flights..

The airline is also increasing frequencies this winter to up to five flights per week from Madrid to La CoruñaBilbao, and Vigo, while it will fly twice daily to San Sebastián and to Santander, and make up to three daily flights to Asturias.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A320-214 EC-ILR (msn 1793) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 955095.

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