Iberia launches a special offer to fly from Spain to Los Angeles
Tuesday 22, February 2011
Iberia will start flying between Los Angeles and Madrid on March 28th. From that date, it will operate three non-stop flights weekly from Los Angeles –on Monday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays– with an additional Friday flight in July-September.
To celebrate the new route, Iberia has launched a special offer from Spain to Los Angeles starting from 654 euros, return ticket, final price.
The new route was announced today at a press conference in Los Angeles by the SVP International Sales of Iberia, Ángel Valdemoros, and the secretary general of Tourism of Spain, Joan Mesquida. This is part of a promotional campaign launched by Iberia and the Spanish Tourism administration bodies, which includes different presentations to travel agencies in Los Angeles area.
The Spanish airline expects to carry some 68,000 passengers on the Los Angeles route in the first year of operation. The flights will depart from Los Angeles at 17:55 h. and arrive in Madrid at 14:15 h. the following day. In Madrid passengers can continue to another 36 destinations in Spain, 38 cities in Europe, 10 destinations in Africa and to Tel Aviv in Israel. The return flight will depart from the Spanish capital at 12:35 h. and arrive in Los Angeles at 16:15 h. To serve the whole region, Iberia will offer connecting flights from / to Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Barbara and Medford, as well as Honolulu under a code share agreement with American Airlines from/to Los Angeles.
The aircraft used on the route will be a 254-seat Airbus A-340/300, with a 36-seat Business Plus section, recently redesigned, with 2.20 meters of space for each passenger and seats that unfold into horizontal beds. Menus designed by Sergi Arola, a well-known Spanish chef, a wine list, made of Spanish wines, selected by Custodio L. Zamarra and an on demand inflight entertainment system are among the features of Iberia’s Premium Class product for long haul flights.
The Los Angeles – Madrid flight, together with a new non-stop route between Miami and Barcelona, as well as the overall capacity increase on its flights from Boston, Chicago and New York to the Spanish capital will consolidate the United States as Iberia's most important long-haul market. In 2011 the airline will offer a total of 1,164,000 seats between the U.S. and Spain, representing a 13% increase from 2010. The Spanish airline carried 873,000 passengers in 2010 on its U.S routes, with a load factor of 85%.
Iberia’s first route to the U.S., Madrid – New York, was launched in August 1954. Currently, it operates 52 weekly flights between the United States in Spain, serving Boston, Chicago, Miami and New York. Thanks to the Joint Business and code-sharing agreements with its oneworld partners, American Airlines and British Airways, Iberia is present in nearly 50 U.S. cities.
The new flights and the overall capacity increase are part of the Joint Business agreement launched in October last year by Iberia, American Airlines and British Airways for routes over the North Atlantic. Customers of the three airlines have now more travel options available, with more frequencies, more destinations and better connections across their networks.
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