Spain's National football team flies to South Africa Thursday aboard an Iberia Airbus A340/600

Thursday 10, June 2010


Spain's National football team flies to South Africa Thursday aboard an Iberia Airbus A340/600


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 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.


Technical information

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


Seat features:

  • It is a reclining seat that converts into a horizontal bed. Every passenger enjoys 220 cm of personal space. 
  • It is ergonomically designed to offer the highest comfort to the passenger.
  • It has a rigid exterior shell that provides the passenger with more private space.
  • It features an adjustable headrest, a folding armrest, an extendible leg rest, and has a dobule back pillow to ensure the most comfortable position for the spinal column. This pillow offers a massage function.
  • Once the passenger has found the most comfortable position, this can be recorded in the seat.
  • Individual compartments for drinks, shoes and other personal items.
  • Also an adjustable intensity reading light with a privacy separator panel and a night lighting in the lower side of the seat.


The Business Plus Class includes an advance technological equipment:

  • Laptop connection port.
  • Satellite telephone.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones.
  • A 10.4-inch touch screen from which passengers can enjoy an “on demand” video and audio system: 15 audio and 26 video channels, interactive video games, latest film releases, flight data, live images from the a camera situated on the tail of the aircraft, documentaries, world maps.


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.


Further details:

  • The Airbus A-340/600 is considered as one of the most modern commercial aircraft in the world.
  • Iberia passengers can follow live images taken from a camera situated on the tail of the aircraft.
  • The latest A340/600 aircraft have more freight capacity. It can start with 380 tonnes of freight, twice as much as the B747 Jumbo aircraft can carry.



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