Last week we discovered that British Airways (together with American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair) will start offering Basic Economy fares across the Atlantic from April of this year. Today the airline has announced that April will see Basic Economy fares rolled out to other markets too.
In an announcement to the travel industry British Airways has confirmed that it and its fellow transatlantic joint venture partners will offer "unbundled fares" on select transatlantic routes from as early as next month. In plain speak this means that oneworld Basic Economy fares are about to be unleashed on the flying public. Here's everything you need to know.
I have done more than my fair share of American Airlines bashing over the past two years (it has been well deserved) but, right now, I'm incredibly grateful for some truly fantastic service from the airline after it got us out of a serious mess of Iberia's making.
I've visited the Iberia Velázquez Premium Lounge in the satellite portion of Madrid's Terminal 4 quite a few times and, although it can get quite crowded at times and finding a seat can get tough, I've never considered it to be in desperate need of a make over...there have always been far worse lounges out there. Still, clearly Iberia thought differently as it has given its T4 satellite lounge a make over and the new lounge is now open for guests. If you're a oneworld flyer this could be an important lounge for you as this is the lounge you'll almost certainly be using if you're flying long-haul out of Madrid on a oneworld airline.
Iberia has announced a new seasonal route between Spain and the US west coast and, at the same time, has also announced changes to its service between Madrid and Los Angeles. The changes aren't entirely positive but, if you're looking to book award travel to or from the west coast, now could be the time to book.
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Its sister airline, British Airways, has had Premium Economy cabins for years, its transatlantic one world partner, American Airlines, will be introducing Premium Economy in 2017 and now Iberia is joining the club. From the first half of next year Iberia will begin to fit Premium Economy cabins to a number of its wide-body aircraft....but not on all of them.
In Part 1 of this review I took a look at the Business Class seat that Iberia has installed on its A330-300 aircraft and in this part I'll take a look at the onboard Wifi, entertainment options, the food and the service. Bearing in mind this wasn't exactly the longest flight in the world I did somehow manage to get a really goof feel for what the aircraft offers.
A few months ago I noticed that Iberia was in the habit of scheduling its wide-body A330 aircraft on its Madrid - London route and, as I hadn't checked out Iberia's long-haul Business Class cabin in the past, this seemed like a good way to see what the carrier offers. Sure, I wouldn't exactly get the full long-haul experience...but I would get a good look at the cabin, the seat and I'd get to see what the Iberia service was like.
The first moves have been made to add Iberia to the joint business agreement that's currently in place between Japan Airlines (JAL), British Airways and Finnair. JAL has handed in a submission to Japan's Ministry of Transport seeking to obtain anti-trust immunity with Iberia which would allow the two carriers to coordinate their routes, flights and pricing on Japan - Europe flights without leaving themselves open to accusations of collusion and price fixing.