Iberia’s tenth A330-200 has joined the Spanish carrier’s fleet, registered as EC-MNL and christened ‘Tokio’, in honour of the Japanese capital, one of the Spanish airline’s new destination. Flights to Japan will be launched on October 18th with three return flights each week.
In preparation for expanding the joint business on flights between Europe and Japan to include Iberia, the Spanish airline and Japan Airlines have today announced the start of codeshare arrangements on the routes operated by Iberia between Madrid and Tokyo (Narita). The two airlines will also offer joint fares on applicable routes from October 18th.
Iberia’s full range of branded fares can now be booked by Amadeus’ global travel agency community, following the carrier’s implementation of Amadeus Airline Fare Families. With Amadeus’ industry-leading merchandising technology, Iberia increases branding, differentiation and upsell opportunities of its Flexible, Classic and Basic products through Amadeus-connected travel agents, who can now better serve their customers by proposing the fares that best match their needs.
Iberia is strengthening its commitment to Uruguay by increasing the frequency of its non-stop Madrid-Montevideo flights to five per week. Iberia’s new Airbus A330/200 MTOW 242t will be used for Montevideo flights starting in March. Iberia is the first airline to fly the new generation Airbus model, with a maximum capacity on take-off of 242 tonnes and a range of 11,500 kilometres.
Iberia has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, a more modern aircraft and more fuel-efficient than the planes it is replacing. It is the first of 13 that will join the fleet over the next three years. Airbus A330-200s are powered by two engines and their fuel efficiency makes them both cheaper to operate and more friendly to the environment.
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 chairman.
International Airlines Group has signed a firm order for 31 Airbus aircraft, which includes 11 wide-body aircraft - eight A350-900s, three A330-200s - and 20 A320neos. The A350s and A330s are slated for Iberia’s fleet modernisation and to open new long-haul routes, and the A320neos will be allocated to the group’s airlines for fleet replacement.
Iberia has announced a new partnership agreement with Avis Budget Group, which has become the exclusive car rental partner of the airline’s loyalty programme, Iberia Plus. The partnership launch campaign, ‘We Travel Together’, highlights the opportunity for Iberia Plus members to earn Avios for every rental booked.
Iberia is to be the first Spanish airline to equip cockpits with the “Electronic Flight Bag”, iPads to replace the checklists, manuals, and other paper documents used in flight preparations and operations, and even to perform the calculations needed.
International Airlines Group has revealed Iberia has reached agreement in principle with its pilots’ union, SEPLA, to introduce permanent structural change and improve the airline’s viability. It also heralds a new positive working relationship between Iberia and SEPLA after years of conflict, IAG said in a statement.
Iberia has launched its new website with innovations that promises to revolutionise on-line relations between the airline and its customers. The new site, which the airline claims is much easier to use, automatically adapts to the needs and tastes of each customer, providing personalised treatment and greater scope for interaction.
As of 3rd July, the new maximum dimensions for hand luggage allowed on board Iberia flights are 56 x 45 x 25 cm, substantially more generous than the current top measurements of 55 x 40 x 20 cm.