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Iberia to Resume Flights to Washington-Dulles and San Francisco

The Spanish airline is boosting its flights to the U.S. and resuming two seasonal destinations just in time for the busy summer season

by Matteo Legnani

February 17, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Iberia

Spanish flag carrier, Iberia, will increase by 20% its flights to the U.S. by this summer, boosting capacity from Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) to its North American gateways with 124 weekly flights.

The oneworld member is also resuming two seasonal destinations—Washington-Dulles (IAD) and San Francisco (SFO)—increasing the airline’s presence in North America from seven to nine gateways. Iberia’s frequency and capacity increase to the U.S. will begin on March 25 and run through October 28.

New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) will get two daily flights with a mix of its Airbus A330-200/300 and A350-900s. Chicago and Boston will see one daily rotation, while Washington-Dulles expects to get four weekly flights during the summer.

Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles will increase from four to five weekly flights, while San Francisco will only welcome Iberia flights three times every week. Lastly, Puerto Rico will get six weekly nonstop flights from Madrid.

Latin American Boost

In addition to the airline’s North American network boost, capacity on some critical South American destinations has also been announced. At the season’s peak, the carrier’s network will offer 280 daily flights to 18 cities in 16 Latin American countries.

Photo: Iberia, Airbus A350-900. Courtesy of Miguel Ángel Sanz / Unsplash

In Colombia, Iberia has grown its presence in Bogota by increasing the frequency from 10 to 14 weekly flights. From June, however, the airline plans to add four more frequencies, operating as many as three daily flights by the end of the year. However, Iberia expects to go from seven to ten weekly in Lima, Peru.

Iberia’s Upgraded Fleet

Today, Iberia features a long-haul fleet of 16 Airbus A350-900, nine A330-200, and eight A330-300 aircraft. While the A350 and the A330-300 offer a three-class configuration (Business, Premium Economy, and Economy), the older A330-200 only have Business and Economy cabins onboard.

At the end of December, Iberia received the first of eight new A350s sporting new cabin interiors and an upgraded Inflight Entertainment System.

Photo: Courtesy of Iberia

In Business Class, all seats have sliding doors for increased privacy and a full-flat bed. In contrast, in Premium Economy, ‘wings’ have been added to the seat’s headrests to improve comfort and remote control for inflight entertainment.

Lastly, in Economy, seats are now improved with an additional 0.4 inches of space due to thinner and differently contoured cabin side walls, which yield four inches more space at armrest level.

The new A350s feature Panasonic’s IFE Next system, which offers 4K resolution, and larger screens in both Economy and Premium Economy.

The last of the eight new A350s is expected to arrive in the fleet at the end of 2024.