Iberia launches new Spain to US route: Madrid to Los Angeles

Iberia was welcomed to Los Angeles with a fire-truck salute. The airline’s check-in area was decorated with balloons in the Spanish colours, which also are Iberia’s colours.

Air Nostrum’s CRJ200 and crew were welcomed to Brussels from San Sebastian by Geert Van Dessel, the Belgian capital airport’s Manager Aviation Marketing. This is Brussels Airport’s second route from Basque Country after Brussels Airlines’ Bilbao flights.

  • Iberia expanded its long haul network as the Spanish national carrier launched a thrice-weekly service between its Madrid (MAD) hub and Los Angeles (LAX) on 28 March. This is the airline’s fifth US destination, and its only to the west coast, after New York JFK, Boston, Chicago O’Hare and Miami. Flights operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with 260-seat A340-300 aircraft. The first flight took off with a 95% load factor. Speaking at the inaugural event in Madrid, Iberia’s CEO Rafael Sánchez-Lozano said: “This new flight is not merely a major contribution to holiday travel in both directions, but will also bring Spanish and Californian businesses closer together. Indeed, the possibilities that are opened for Spanish companies to invest in the Californian economy are unlimited.” The airline has operated the route in the past, between 1987 and 1993, but no other airline has attempted the route. Iberia also launched two flights to Brussels (BRU). Air Nostrum, operating on Iberia’s behalf, on 27 March began flying from both Vigo (VGO) in Galicia in northwest Spain and San Sebastian (EAS) in Basque Country in the north of Spain to the ‘Capital of Europe’. From Vigo, flights operate three times a week with a mixture of CRJ900 and CRJ200 aircraft, while the San Sebastian route is flown twice-weekly with CRJ200s. Iberia operated San Sebastian flights during the peak summer season last year and the Vigo route was last operated by Vueling during last year’s summer season.

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