The Pope will say goodbye to Spain from Iberia's new maintenance hangar in Barcelona

Friday 5, November 2010


The Pope will say goodbye to Spain from Iberia's new maintenance hangar in Barcelona


Iberia's new maintenance hangar, which was opened on October 18th, will be the setting for the farewell to Spain of Pope Benedict XVI when he flies back to Rome with Iberia on November 7th following a visit to Galicia and Catalonia.


On November 6th, Iberia will fly the Pope from Santiago de Compostela to Barcelona, using the Airbus A321 named the “Delta de Llobregat”.


On the Barcelona-Rome flight in the same aircraft, Iberia's chairman, Antonio Vázquez, will hand the Pope a silver model of the 10-seat Rohrbach Roland, the Spanish airline's first airplane, which covered the Madrid-Barcelona route in the 1920s.


For the Pope's flights from Santiago to Barcelona and from Barcelona to Rome, the chef Sergi Arola, who works with Iberia, has planned menus featuring products from the Spanish regions of Galicia and Catalonia. Wines were chosen by Iberia's wine consultants, Club TodoVino. Hand-made lace table linen featuring the papal emblem will be used.


On the two flights music by Spanish composers Joaquín Rodrigo, Granados, and Albéniz will be played, along with other selections known to be among Benedict XVI's favourites, such as a piece by Mozart featuring the boy's choir of the Regensburg cathedral in Germany, conducted for 30 year by the Pope's older brother, Georg Ratzinger. The recording, made in the 1960s, was supplied by Spanish national radio RNE.



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