Iberia to offer new Premium Economy Class on 37 of its long-haul aircraft

Courtesy: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Iberia unveiled today (October 20th, 2016) its new, extra-comfortable Premium Economy cabin, to be available on 37 of its long-haul aircraft, starting during the summer season of 2017.

The new cabin will be installed on eight Airbus A330-300s and 13 of the airline’s A340-600s, to be modified in the course of 2017 and 2018, and will come factory-equipped with it in the 16 new A350-900s to be delivered starting in 2018.

Seats in the new cabin will be 19” wide, and distance between rows will be extended to 37”. Seats will recline by an additional 40% over those on the economy cabin.

Customers flying in Premium Economy class will also enjoy the adjustable head and foot rests, noise-cancelling earphones, and an exclusive amenities kit.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

They will have full access to the entertainment programme via 13-inch display screens, instead of the 9-inch screens in Economy class.

In addition, Premium Economy passengers will have priority in boarding and leaving the aircraft, an extra suitcase allowance, upgraded dining options, and other privileges.

Iberia’s Executive Chairman Luis Gallego explains that “Premium Economy is an initiative included in our Plan de Futuro aimed at increasing revenues. It will give Economy passengers an additional option for greater comfort and extra services on long flights.”

Iberia Chief Commercial Director Marco Sansavini, points out that “Iberia is the sole airline that will offer this intermediate seating class on direct flights between Spain and Latin America, which should strengthen our leadership of this market.” The first aircraft to be equipped with the new section will be used next summer on routes between Madrid and Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, and Chicago.

Source: Iberia.

 

Japanese ministry approves Iberia’s inclusion to the joint business between Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair

Courtesy: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has granted an extension of the anti-trust immunity to include Iberia in the joint business between Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair, allowing the four airlines to cooperate commercially on flights between Europe and Japan.

Iberia is expected to join the existing joint business between the other three airlines as from October 18, 2016.

Iberia will start its non-stop operations between Madrid and Tokyo on October 18th. Its addition to the joint business will provide customers with a larger network, more flights, better connections and more frequent flyer benefits.

The revenue-sharing agreement will strengthen the oneworld® alliance and enable it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

“We would like to thank the regulators for approving our ATI application for Iberia joining Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in our current joint business between Japan and Europe,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of JAL. “This move will allow us to further strengthen our partnership with oneworld partner airlines, and will provide our customers with further benefits for travels between Japan and Europe.”

Alex Cruz, President and chief executive of British Airways said, “We are delighted our sister airline Iberia will be joining our oneworld partners in the joint business. The addition of more European flights to Japan, along with the benefits of co-ordinated schedules and frequent flyer rewards is fantastic news for consumers. Iberia’s direct flights between Narita and Madrid will be a very popular addition.”

Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair, said, “The addition of Iberia to our existing joint business between Europe and Japan is a great asset and we look forward to working closely with all our partners in this alliance. We are especially pleased with the benefits and opportunities this will generate for our oneworld customers travelling between both continents.”

Luis Gallego, President and CEO of Iberia, said “We are very happy to launch our non-stop flights to Japan as part of this joint business. We want to offer our customers more and better travel options and this will help us do so.  We are also glad to contribute to the strength of the joint business and the oneworld alliance”

Source: Iberia.

 

British Airways and Iberia will be moved to Terminal 2 at Rio de Janeiro International Airport

Courtesy: RIOgaleão.

Courtesy: RIOgaleão.

From the end of April, British Airways and Iberia will be moved to the Terminal 2 (T2) at Rio de Janeiro International Airport. The British airline will move its operations to the T2 on April 21th, 2016 and the Spanish carrier will start operating at T2 on April 22th, 2016.

British Airways will maintain its daily flights between London Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro and Iberia will continue with its six weekly flights between Spain’s capital, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. Inside the Terminal 2, clients will have access to a self-service-kiosk where they will be able to print their boarding pass, as well as get information which allows a quickly check-in.

Regarding the lounges, British Airways’ customers which are flying First Class, Club World, clients that have Silver or Gold status on Executive Club will be eligible to enjoy the PROAIR VIP Lounge at T2.  Meanwhile, Iberia’s passengers flying Business Class will also have access to the same lounge of British Airways, and in case of being an Iberia Plus client, the passenger will have access to the VIP room of American Airlines at Terminal 2.

With the migration to Terminal 2 the passengers of both airlines will have new commodities and stores to enjoy inside the terminal.

Iberia to resume flights to Johannesburg

Courtesy: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Iberia is to resume flights to Johannesburg, starting next August. With this route, the airline has resumed all flights it left to restructure its business in 2013.

“When we presented our transformation plan, we said that we intended to resume all flights we needed to stop at that time” – recalled Luis Gallego, Iberia’s Chairman and CEO -“Thanks to the efforts made by all employees to reduce our cost base and thanks to our new fleet, more fuel-efficient, we can now resume the route to Johannesburg, which will be profitable and sustainable”

Iberia will fly to Johannesburg three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and return on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It will use new Airbus A330-300s, with 36 seats in business and 242 in economy.

The flight timetable will be as follows:

Flight number Origin Destination Days
IB6051 Madrid
23:45
Johannesburg

10:10 +1

Mon., Thurs, Fri.
IB6050 Johannesburg

20:15

Madrid

06:35 +1

Tues, Fri. Sat.

The flight schedule will facilitate connections to more than 100 destinations in the Iberia network. Apart from Spain, Portugal, Cuba, the U.S., the U.K, Italy, Germany and Switzerland will be the main countries to feed this flight. On board of these flights, Iberia will also carry freight, such as perishable goods, mainly fish from South Africa.

The new Airbus A330-300s are twin-engine aircraft that burn 15% less fuel than those they replace. They are equipped with Iberia’s new long-haul seating classes. Business class features seats that become two-meters long flat beds all with direct access to the aisle. Business travellers can enjoy the lavish entertainment programme on 15.4” touch screens, as well as gourmet meals accompanied by a selection of the most exquisite regional Spanish wines.

Economy Class passengers fly comfortably in ergonomic seats which are wider and more comfortable. The same entertainment programme as in Business Class is available to them on 9” touch screens. It includes 50 feature films in several languages, 80 television series and documentaries, and video games. Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity are available to all Business and Economy Class passengers.

Johannesburg is Iberia’s 11th destination in Africa. The other destinations are Luanda, Algiers, Oran, Accra, Malabo, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Lagos, and Dakar.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and also its main financial centre. The city is a transit point for connecting flights to Cape Town, Durban and the Kruger National Park.

Since April, 2014, the Iberia Group has resumed services to more than 20 destinations, including long-haul routes to Santo Domingo, Montevideo, Havana, Cali, Medellin, Puerto Rico, and now Johannesburg.

Source: Iberia.

Iberia returns to Puerto Rico

Cortesia: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Iberia will resume its flights to San Juan de Puerto Rico. Starting on 15 May Iberia will fly to San Juan three times a week, on Mondays,Wednesdays, and Sundays.Flying times will facilitate easy connections from / to the airline’s 52 destinations in Europe at Iberia’s T4 hub in Madrid.

Initially, Iberia will operate this new route during the summer season.

Flight Programme

Flight nº Days Departure Arrival Aircraft
IB6301 Mon., Wed., Sun. Madrid

12:25

San Juan

14:55

Airbus A330-200
IB6300 Mon., Wed., Sun. San Juan

16:35

Madrid

06:25 next day

Airbus A330-200

A new Iberia for Puerto Rico, with the best product in the market

Iberia will fly to San Juan with its newAirbus A330-200s equipped with newly-designed business (19 seats) and economy (269) sections.

Business travellers can unfold their seats into 2-metre-long flat beds, all with direct access to the aisle. Economy class seats are wider and ergonomic. All passengers can enjoy touch-screen-based à la carte entertainment systems with power and connection ports of their electronic devices, plus access to Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity

Alejandro García Padilla, Puerto Rico’s Governor commented: “Iberia is back, and in a big way. It is opening a door for Puerto Ricans, and for everyone who uses our Luis Muñoz Marín airport for connections, to travel and business opportunities throughout Europe. Likewise, Iberia’s return, along with the flights by other European airlines to our market, will bring unprecedented numbers of passengers from Europe to Puerto Rico each week,” said Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla.

Luis Gallego, Iberia’s Chairman and CEO said: “This is a very satisfying day for us. When we suspended flights to Puerto Rico nearly three years ago we promised to resume them as soon as we were able to make the route economically sustainable, and that moment has now arrived. All the changes made in the company in recent months have enabled us not only to restore these routes but to open up five new destinations in Latin America –Havana, Cali, Medellin, Montevideo and Santo Domingo, consolidating Iberia’s leadership in flights between Latin America and Europe”.

Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, head of Puerto Rico Tourism Office, added: “Today we’re sharing some news that are very gratifying for Puerto Rico’s holiday industry and that will have a major impact on our island’s economic development. Iberia has again put its trust in Puerto Rico. Its return means another 7,500 or so visitors in the next summer season, and we’re ready for them”

Leader between Latin America and Europe

San Juan de Puerto Rico is Iberia’s 20th Latin American destination. In the past year, the Spanish airline has launched new routes to six Latin America cities: Santo Domingo, Montevideo, Havana, Cali, Medellin, and now to San Juan in Puerto Rico. The airline operates a total of 250 flights each week between Europe and Latin America.

Source: Iberia.

IAG converts four A330s and 15 A320neo aircraft into firm orders

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The Board of the International Airlines Group (IAG) has firmed up orders for 19 additional widebody and single aisle aircraft (2 A330-200s, 2 A330-300s and 15 A320neos). This latest agreement with IAG and its airlines takes their cumulative Airbus orders to a total of nearly 470 aircraft.

The two A330-200s will be assigned to Iberia and the two A330-300s will be operated by Aer Lingus. The 15 A320neos will be assigned within the group.

“Between them, the airlines in IAG operate or have on order our full range of Airbus aircraft. IAG is one of our most prestigious customers and these new repeat orders for A330s and A320neos confirm again the high added value and superior productivity of our widebody and single aisle aircraft.” Said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers.

The A330 is one of the most popular widebody aircraft ever and has to date won over 1,500 orders, with over 1,200 flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. Airbus is investing hundreds of millions of Euros per year in the A330 Family to maintain the aircraft at the leading edge of innovation. The A330 Family is part of the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line, which also includes the larger A350 XWB and double deck A380.

Incorporating new engines and the latest technologies, the A320neo Family will bring a step-change reduction in fuel consumption of over 15 per cent, longer range capability and reduced maintenance costs, as well significantly reduced carbon emissions. Since its launch in 2010 the A320neo Family has won 60 per cent of all new orders for single aisle aircraft with over 100 seats and has been selected by over 75 airlines worldwide.

Source: Airbus.

Novo kit de amenities da Iberia

Cortesia: Iberia.

Cortesia: Iberia.

A Iberia renova o kit de amenities da cabine Business, que apresenta um novo nécessaire e novos artigos, incluindo produtos da marca L´Occitane. Os produtos foram selecionados de acordo com as necessidades dos passageiros abordo e complementam os serviços oferecidos pela companhia na cabine e nos aeroportos.

Além do conteúdo, o design também foi modernizado. Os passageiros podem utilizar o estojo não somente como nécessaire durante a viagem, mas em diversos momentos como bolsa de mini-tablet, porta-joias ou carteira de praia.

Lista de artigos:

  • Escova de dentes e creme dental
  • Pente
  • Calçador
  • Meias
  • Bolsa para sapatos
  • Máscara para dormir
  • Creme para pentear
  • Tampões auditivos
  • Produtos da marca L´Occitane en Provence: demaquilante, sérum, creme para mãos e creme labial

Fonte: Iberia.