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The flag carrier of Spain, Iberia first began operations nearly a century ago. The airline is based in Madrid, from where it operates an international passenger and freight network that spans multiple continents. Iberia is a part of the Iberia Group, which also includes Iberia Regional and Iberia Express. Since 2010, Iberia has combined its operations with British Airways – a merger which created the world's third-largest commercial airline by revenue. Though merged, the two airlines continue to operate under their own distinct brands.
Iberia was incorporated in June of 1927 and began operations in December of that same year. The airline ceased operating as an active airline a mere two years later, when the Spanish government combined all of the country's airlines into a state-controlled public utility. The name "Iberia," however, remained registered, and the airline became active again under its own brand towards the end of the Spanish Civil War. Though initially a domestic airline, Iberia started building a network of international routes throughout the 1940s and 50s. During this time, Iberia established flights to Europe, South America, Central America, and the United States.
The airline continued to expand its network and joined the Oneworld alliance in September of 1999. By its 75th anniversary in 2002, Iberia had carried almost half a billion total passengers. More expansion opportunities came the airline's way when Terminal 4 at the Barajas Airport in Madrid was turned over to Oneworld alliance members. After merging with British Airways in 2009, Iberia established its low-cost carrier Iberia Express in 2012. Iberia Express helps provide feeder flights into the long-haul international Iberia network.
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Iberia's fleet consists of around 80 total aircraft, all of them Airbus models. Short- and medium-haul Iberia flights are handled by the Airbus A319, A320, and A321. For long-haul flights, Iberia operates the Airbus A330-200, A330-300, and A340-600. Passengers flying on the A340-600 are treated to real-time images from the tail of the aircraft on their entertainment systems.
With its large fleet, Iberia flies to over 25 domestic destinations and over 60 international destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Here are some of the main destinations served by the airline.
10 Domestic Destinations Served by Iberia
10 International Destinations Served by Iberia
If you're flying with Iberia to visit Spain, then get ready to enjoy some of the most delectable cuisine in the world. Spain made it on to Anthony Bourdain’s top destinations for foodies for its irresistible tapas, such as paella, cured meats, and croquettes. If Spain is just your first stop on a Europe-wide foodie excursion, then make sure you check out Skyscanner's guide for first time Eurail travellers to ensure a fun and stress-free adventure through the continent.
Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles promotions
The Iberia loyalty program is known as Iberia Plus. Iberia Plus allows you to enjoy a variety of rewards by accruing and redeeming mileage points known as Avios. Iberia travellers earn Avios by simply presenting their Iberia Plus card or inputting their member number when they book flights or use services from Iberia partners. You can then redeem your Avios for flight tickets, for ticket upgrades, or for hotel stays and car rentals. If you don't have quite enough Avios to redeem for an award, then you can always simply purchase more.
On top of accruing Avios, Iberia Plus members also accumulate Elite Points when flying with Iberia Group, Oneworld, or Vueling airlines. Elite Points can be used to upgrade your membership to Plata, Oro, Platino, Infinita, or Infinita Prime. The higher your membership tier, the more perks and benefits you'll get to enjoy when flying with Iberia.
How to Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees
You can check in for an Iberia flight at the airport check-in counter, the self-service check-in kiosks at the airport, or online. Online check-in is the most convenient option, allowing you to print your boarding pass or to receive a mobile boarding pass directly to your mobile device. This allows you to skip the check-in line at the airport when you arrive and to head directly to security - with a detour to the Iberia baggage drop counter if you have any checked baggage.
Seat assignments are typically provided at the time of check-in for Iberia flights. However, you can also choose your seat at any time after you have booked your flight. Seat upgrades are available for an extra cost or by redeeming Avios.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Most passengers travelling with Iberia are permitted to bring one carry-on item and one personal item on board the aircraft. On long-haul flights, however, Business Plus passengers may bring up to two pieces of onboard luggage. Carry-on baggage on an Iberia flight cannot exceed 56x45x25 cm in dimensions, as it must be able to fit in the overhead compartment.
Iberia permits checked bags to weigh up to 23 kg and to measure up to 158 cm in total dimensions. On domestic and European flights, Classic/Flexible fare passengers are allowed one piece of baggage, Business Class passengers can bring two checked bags, and Basic fare passengers are not allowed a checked bag. On flights to and from the Middle East and Africa, Economy Class passengers can check one bag while Business Class passengers can check two bags. On long-haul flights, a Reduced Economy fare includes one checked bag, a full Economy and business fare includes two checked bags, and a Business plus fare includes three checked bags.
Additional baggage fees do apply for extra pieces of checked baggage. Fees vary based on itinerary and are eligible for a discount if purchased prior to arriving at the airport. Excess weight charges also apply to baggage which exceeds the allowable weight limit.
Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals
When flying aboard Iberia, you can choose from among a monthly selection of films or from a variety of television programs and music channels. Your personal entertainment system also comes with games such as solitaire and minesweeper. If you'd like to stay connected during your travels, then you can use the WiFi service available on board Iberia's Airbus A340-600 and A300-300 flights, or the high-speed WiFi service available on board Airbus A330-200 flights.
Paid on-board service for snacks and meals is available on all Iberia flights, while complimentary meals are provided on medium- and long-haul flights. If you do choose to sample the Iberia on-board menu, you'll be treated to exquisite Mediterranean flavours. Special meals can be requested on flights over four and a half hours in duration.
Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines
On Iberia flights, children under two years of age travelling on the lap of an adult can fly on 10% of a total fare. Children between two and 11 years of age also receive a discount depending on their fare class and itinerary. Any child under two years of age who does occupy a seat must have a child's fare and must travel in an authorized car seat.
Iberia provides companion service for an extra fee for children aged five to 17 who are flying alone. The service is mandatory for children from five to 11 years of age and available on request for minors 12 to 17 years of age.
Iberia permits pets such as including cats, dogs, birds, and tortoises to travel both in the cabin and in the cargo hold. For pets travelling as checked baggage in the cargo hold, passengers must pay an additional fee of 120€ on flights to and from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East or 300€ on flights to and from Asia and America. Pets are permitted in the cabin of the plane, but only if the total weight of the pet and the carrier does not exceed 8 kg. Passengers must pay 25€ on flights within Spain, 50€ on flights to and from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and 150€ on flights to and from Asia and America for pets travelling in the cabin.
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