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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)  
User currently offlineCrdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 19924 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.

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User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 19892 times:

Great report. Where else are you going on your RTW ticket?

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 19746 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.


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 19666 times:

How many miles do you need for a round the world C ticket on One World? Thanks for the great report.

User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 19363 times:

Nice report!

Do you have any "general" cabin shots showing the Business Plus cabin appearance?

It's good to see IB offers a premium quality service on Business Plus.

Btw IB was offering 2X1 on Business Plus this month to selected destinations.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3029 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 19339 times:

Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter):

Nice report and pictures.  spin  That food looks yummy, well most of it. The omelette looks weird.


User currently offlineCrdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 19268 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.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 19176 times:

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 5):
The omelette looks weird.

I must say that looks "fantastic".
Go Iberia go!


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 19049 times:
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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)?

Thanks again for a great report Smile



2-3-2 is NOT a premium configuration
User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 18961 times:

Do IB have PTV's in economy on the Rio run??

User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 18873 times:

Quoting AirWales (Reply 9):
Do IB have PTV's in economy on the Rio run??

No aircraft on Iberia's fleet has PTVs in Economy.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 18463 times:

well the business class service on the pics looks really very good.... not like there eco-product...

btw, thank you very much for the great report!

regards
Avianca



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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 18028 times:

another person that confirms that IB Business plus is one of the best business products there is out there... but its way way too expensive(too bad!)


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User currently offlineDcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 17865 times:

I will be flying also on BusinessPlus next month on JFKMAD flight. It seems that is it much better than the old business class.

We are also doing a Oneworld RTW Ticket, the Global Explorer, a new product.

I will post the report  Smile

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 4):
Btw IB was offering 2X1 on Business Plus this month to selected destinations.

Which routes are under that offer?

DARIO


User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4391 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 17595 times:

Very nice report. Im planning on visiting belgium again late this year and i will have to fly AF, AV/SN or IB, im not planning on going through US immigration, good to hear nice things about IB.


Les escribo desde el frío de mi verde altiplano.
User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17337 times:

Quoting Dcrusafon (Reply 13):
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 4):
Btw IB was offering 2X1 on Business Plus this month to selected destinations.

Which routes are under that offer?

Buenos Aires, Montevideo, San Juan de Puerto Rico, La Habana, Santo Domingo, México, Lima, Guayaquil, Quito, Chicago and Johannesburg.

Bookings must be made before March 31st and the trip must start before that date as well excepting Quito and Guayaquil.


For further details dial 902 400 500 or go to www.iberia.com.

Saludos.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 17245 times:

Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter):

The Flight Attendants were very friendly and professional

LOL, First time I heard something like that from IB  Wink

Besides that great pictures and great trip report!


Cheers


Alonso



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User currently offlineBullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 17140 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.


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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11416 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 16780 times:
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Amazing, my dad use to fly GIG-MAD-LIS but never made any good comment. but the last trip he says it was the best one (last year). Seems that IB service is improving more and more.

Congratulations, it's really a very good report. Hope that you enjoy your stay in Rio !

Felipe



New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 16722 times:

Great report! I want on this flight! haha


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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16684 times:

finaly a positive response to iberia. i am glad you liked their new biz product.
DALelite



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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4496 posts, RR: 72
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16618 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.

User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 16510 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 21):
Is this new BusinessPlusproduct available on the entire longhaul fleet or on the A346 aircraft only.

The entire A346 fleet is equipped with the new seats. The A343s are being retrofitted at the moment and they will be done before the summer season.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 16):
The Flight Attendants were very friendly and professional

LOL, First time I heard something like that from IB



Quoting DALelite (Reply 20):
finaly a positive response to iberia.

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.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 15618 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?

Tks,


User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11416 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15075 times:
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Quoting Hardiwv (Reply 23):
Anyone with more precise info on the days of the week GIG gest the new product?

Hardi, nowadays 2x weekly A346.

Felipe



New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
25 Post contains images Thowman : I flew in Business Plus MA-BOG last year. On the way out it was business plus in the lovely seats, and excellent service from the crew. On the way bac
26 Post contains images TBCITDG : Great 'hard-ware' on IB . . . now if only we could do something about the staff ?!?!?!
27 767747 : Nice report! Iberia's Business Class looks very nice on the A346.
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