Iberia Airlines came into being on 28th June 1927. By December of that year, the airline was running regular flights, including a contract to provide postal transport between Barcelona and Madrid. Privatised since 2001, Iberia survived the Spanish Civil War and emerged as a purely domestic airline. This status has continued to this day. With a merger with British Airways pending, Iberia will continue to operate as its own brand and remain based in Spain, but will have access to the resources that are part of the British Airways family.
Iberia History & Information
Since its inception, Iberia Airlines has maintained a hub at the Madrid-Barajas Airport, as well as having a focus on Barcelona El Prat Airport. Madrid also serves as the headquarters of the airline, which is also the headquarters for all the subsidiaries of the Iberia Group. The airline is considered to be the flagship airline of Spain, a status that will remain even after the merger with British Airways.
With a fleet of close to two hundred aircraft, Iberia offers flights to and from a number of locations around the globe. The continent of Africa is served in a number of major markets by the airline. For the central area, the Malabo International Airport in Equatorial Guinea offers daily Iberia flights. Northern Africa sees Iberia flights routinely at Cairo International Airport in Egypt, and Houari Boumedienne Airport in Algiers. Morocco enjoys Iberia service to three key destinations: the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, the Menara International Airport in Marrakech, and the Ibn Batouta International Airport in Tangier.
Iberia serves southern Africa at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. West Africa connections include flights to and from Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria, and the Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Senega.
The Americas are also well served by Iberia Airlines flights. In the United States, the airline maintains regular flights to and from Logan International Airport in Boston, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, and O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
Flights to and from Mexico and selected cities in South America are also provided. The Mexico City International Airport in Mexico City offers daily Iberia flights. Most of South America is covered with daily Iberia flights as well. These include flights to and from the Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, and the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima.
Europe is also extensively covered by Iberia flights. France is home to a number of flights, including services to and from the Meriganac Airport in Bordeaux, the Orly Airport in Paris, the Provence Airport in Marseilles, and the Cote d'Azur Airport in Nice.
Italy also enjoys vibrant service from Iberia Airlines. Destinations include the Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa, the Linae Airport and Malpensa Airport in Milan, the Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, and the Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome.
The highest concentration of Iberia flights is found within the country of Spain. In addition to the hub at the Madrid Barajas Airport, the airline also offers flights to and from the Barcelona Airport, the Ibiza Airport, the Leon Airport, and the Badajoz Airport. Airports in cities like Asturias, Logrono, Minorca, Pamplona, San Sebastian, and Valencia are also served by Iberia.
Other areas of the Europe are also represented among the flights conducted by Iberia. A few notable examples are the London Heathrow Airport, Geneva International and Zurich Airport in Switzerland, and the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden.
The Iberia Fleet
Iberia makes use of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft for its fleet. This has led to seating that is considered among the most comfortable in the industry, usually exceeding standards in terms of size. Recently, the airline has been looking at adding more craft to its fleet, and increasing flights to key cities around the world. The airline operates a frequent fliers programme known as Iberia Plus, and provides a number of benefits to members. A business class was launched in 2005. Recent additions have been the ability to book flights online and print electronic tickets prior to arriving for check-in.
The Iberia motto of "With Ibera, You're More" is an accurate summation of the care that the airline provides to passengers. Accommodation tends to be comfortable and the staff pleasant, which makes for an enjoyable flight for each of the classes.