Spain's National football team flies to South Africa Thursday aboard an Iberia Airbus A340/600
Thursday 10, June 2010
At 23:30 on June 10th, Spain's National Football team departs for Johannesburg aboard an Iberia Airbus A-340/600, its largest and newest aircraft.
On the occasion of the World Football Cup tournament in South Africa, Iberia Airlines has beefed up its services to Johannesburg to carry participants, fans, and spectators.
The first stellar moment comes tomorrow night at 23:30 h., when a special Iberia flight (IB2898) will depart from Madrid with the Spanish National Football team aboard. Ten hours later, the Airbus A-340/600, the newest and largest aircraft in the Iberia fleet, will land at Johannesburg at 09:30 h. local time on Friday, June 11th.
Iberia used an Airbus A-320 to fly the Spanish team, Europe's reigning champions, to pre-Cup friendly matches in Austria and Alicante.
Iberia’s Ronda magazine, on board of all Iberia aircraft, has dedicated its front side and its main interview to the Spanish football player Xavi Hernández .
Iberia also carried the Paraguayan national football team to the South African tournament on regular flights from Montevideo to Madrid and from the Spanish capital to Johannesburg.
Iberia almost triples seat offer to South Africa
In June and July, on the occasion of the World Football Cup, Iberia has raised its capacity on the Madrid-Johannesburg route by 170%. It will operate a daily return flight, mainly using 342-seat Airbus A-340/600s. At the height of the competition, it will offer 10 flights per week.
Under code sharing arrangements Iberia also offers flights from Johannesburg to three other South African destinations: Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
Tickets to all these destinations can be obtained at the best prices from iberia.com. On the same website customers can find useful information about their trip to South Africa, travel document requirements, sightseeing, historical notes, and much more.
The company has also strengthened its customer support during the tournament, adding staff and setting up a special call centre for people attending. Johannesburg-bound passengers will be given a welcome card with practical information, telephone numbers, and directions for finding Iberia personnel at Johannesburg airport.
Details of the aircraft
The Spanish National Football team will fly to South Africa with an Airbus A340/600. Iberia has 14 aircraft of this type to operate its long haul routes. It offers the biggest capacity and range of its whole fleet.
Manufacturer Airbus Industries
Engine manufacturer Rolls Royce
Number of engines 4
Range 12,700 km
Length 74.80 m
Wingspan 63.45 m
Number of seats 342
Business Plus Class
The Business Plus Class includes an advance technological equipment:
The Business Plus Class cabin features a self-service bar where passengers can choose from a variety of drinks and snacks: sandwiches, nuts, pastry, cookies, fruits, chocolates...
The catering service has been designed by the renowned Spanish chef, Sergi Arola, awarded with three Michelin stars and the Spanish National Gastronomy Award. Iberia has also commissioned the renowned pastry chef Francisco Torreblanca in this task. Some 70 different menus for lunch and dinner, and many more for breakfast and snacks, which will be served in accordance with the origin of each flight.
The wines offered to Iberia’s Business Plus Class passengers have been selected from different Spanish wine regions. During this quarter, five of the best Spanish wines can be tasted: three red wines from the Rioja, Ribera del Duero and La Mancha areas, as well as two whites from Rueda and Penedés.
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