Crdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22598 times:
IBERIA 1st March, 2006. GIG/MAD Business Plus. Travelling on a OneWorld RTW ticket, I boarded the flight in Rio De Janeiro and was very pleasantly surprised at the space and cleanliness of the cabin This was an A340 600 model plane and quite new. The seat was very comfortable with an almost fully flat recline. I am 6’2” and although I was unable to lay fully stretched out, managed to sleep for a few hours on what was a 9 hour flight. The IFE system on this aircraft must be the most advanced I have ever seen It is very easy to use and completely “on-demand”. This was a late afternoon flight and a comprehensive cabin service was offered which included pre takeoff Cava, in flight cocktails and choices of three main courses and two desserts.
The starter: toast and virgin olive oil, cauliflower with mascarpone cheese soup, marinated shrimps with passion fruit, mesclun leaves fresh salad, and mango, virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar
Main: filet mignon steak with fine herbs crust and vegetable grille Alternatives offered included “namorado” fish with bacon and thyme, puree of banana and small caramelized onions; or baked vegetable lasagne.
Dessert: assortment of cheeses with guava jam, chocolate and raspberry cake Alternatives offered included papaya with cassis and raisin ice cream.
A very nice amenity kit was also handed out
The highlight of the journey was watching a spectacular sunset across the relentless lush greenery of the Brazilian landscape 38,000 feet below The route to Madrid is quite direct and flies almost due north from Rio, not leaving the Brazilian coastline until after couple of hours, so there was plenty of time before dusk to observe the geographical wonders of the northern Brazil river systems.
The Flight Attendants were very friendly and professional. A couple of hours prior to landing in Madrid, a full breakfast was served. Breakfast: cheese omelette with bacon and spinach sauté, fresh orange juice with seasonal fresh fruit and yoghurt toasts, pastry, Colombian coffee
Overall, the service on this flight approximated what is often delivered as 1st class on other airlines, and as such represents excellent value. My only gripe is that the cabin was a bit overheated for my liking.
On arrival in Madrid, I was further surprised with the new Terminal 4 which must be the largest and most automated air terminal in the world. The speed of baggage delivery needs to be improved though. One hour is far too long to wait.
I am now very impressed with Iberia, especially since after travelling with them last year I swore I would never do so again. They have improved their service well beyond what I expected. Highly recommended and very worthy of being a OneWorld alliance partner. Score 5/5.
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 22420 times:
Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter): I am now very impressed with Iberia, especially since after travelling with them last year I swore I would never do so again. They have improved their service well beyond what I expected. Highly recommended and very worthy of being a OneWorld alliance partner. Score 5/5.
I'm always impressed with IB when using their business product.
Crdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 21942 times:
I remembered a couple of things that were interesting about the flight that I forgot to mention in my trip report. Firstly, during takeoff and landing the cabin monitors displayed direct video feed from an enternal camera mounted at in the tail of the aircraft. This gave great visuals of takeoff and landing looking straight ahead, almost a pilot's view. Secondly, I noticed that the door to the cockpit was wide open frequently during the flight as the leggy and vivacious female Flight Attendants probably flirted with the crew. At one point the curtain to that forward area was drawn, conspicuosly to screen the food preparation in the forward galley, but what else I wonder! Anyway, I thought it was illegal to leave the door to the cockpit open during flight?
I don't have any general cabin shots unfortunately. I was surprised at the size of the BusinessPlus cabin. It looks like it holds 40 pax in the A340-600 configured as 6 rows of 2,2,2 and 1 row of 2,2. This cabin on my flight was mostly full, maybe due to the Carnaval in Rio having just ended.
IB is one of the few airlines that offer a direct dervice between GIG and MAD. Most fly via GRU to Europe destinations.
SASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 811 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21723 times:
The IB food looks delicious, especially the appetizer.
How would you rate IB vs CX?? Considering CX has a "real" first product, while IB has a Business plus product?
The IFE system looks huge! Does anyone know the size of the screens? Where there many different angels to choose from, with the live feed camera(s)?
Bullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 19814 times:
Very good report. I have only flown IB in business class so I can't compare them to others but I have always found them to be excellent. I think airliners can get a good idea of the new IB in business class.
These are my principles but if you don't like them I have others
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 69
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 19292 times:
Is this new BusinessPlusproduct available on the entire longhaul fleet or on the A346 aircraft only. I might be flying IB MAD-GIG but most of the flights show A343 equipment. The alternative, however, is Pluna B763ER operated by Varig, which is likely inferior to the IB product.
There are quite a few more of them on these forums as well as on other sites.
The problem is that people only pay attention to bad comments when it's about Iberia, and bash them for almost everything.
A few days ago I was reading some comments about BA selling Club World seats to TLV and using aircraft which are not equipped with them on the route. Someone said "well, the airline has the right to change that without notice" and that was it. Had it been Iberia...we would have seen things like "Iberia is $hit", "typical Iberia", "Iberia never again", "Iberia sucks". My point is, people don't see each thing through the same glass. They allow mistakes on some airlines that they would never allow on others, and Iberia is one of them.
Hardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 weeks ago) and read 18292 times:
Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 21): The alternative, however, is Pluna B763ER operated by Varig, which is likely inferior to the IB product.
PU is superior to IB old business class product. But there is no doubt that IB new business class is a good product and shows a major improvement of IB business class. IB new business class is not operated to GIG daily, one some days. Anyone with more precise info on the days of the week GIG gest the new product?