crdaus
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:59 pm

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.
 
AirWales
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:32 pm

Great report. Where else are you going on your RTW ticket?
 
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:13 pm

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.
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semsem
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:26 am

How many miles do you need for a round the world C ticket on One World? Thanks for the great report.
 
IBERIA747
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Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:27 am

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.
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Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:45 am

Quoting Crdaus (Thread starter):

Nice report and pictures.  spin  That food looks yummy, well most of it. The omelette looks weird.
 
crdaus
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Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:06 am

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.
 
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Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:17 pm

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

I must say that looks "fantastic".
Go Iberia go!
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:28 pm

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
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AirWales
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:53 pm

Do IB have PTV's in economy on the Rio run??
 
IBERIA747
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Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:03 am

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.
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Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:36 am

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
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Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:25 am

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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Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:39 am

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
 
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Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:09 am

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.
 
IBERIA747
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Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:42 am

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.
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Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:56 am

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


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RE: Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:33 pm

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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Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:52 am

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 !

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Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:29 pm

Great report! I want on this flight! haha
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Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:15 pm

finaly a positive response to iberia. i am glad you liked their new biz product.
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Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:55 pm

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.
 
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Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:56 am

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.
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Thu May 04, 2006 5:17 am

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,
 
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RE: Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Tue May 09, 2006 8:29 am

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
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RE: Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Tue May 09, 2006 6:58 pm

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 back it was the traditional business seat (unfortunately on the overnight leg) but still excellent service from the crew.

I couldn't fault Iberia on either leg, and compared to BA business class fares, I'd say the price was very reasonable.

Andy

PS. Where's Anexbla these days?  Wink
 
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RE: Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Fri May 19, 2006 9:21 am

Great 'hard-ware' on IB . . . now if only we could do something about the staff ?!?!?!  Yeah sure  box 
 
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RE: Iberia BusinessPlus GIG-MAD (With Pics)

Sat May 20, 2006 2:09 am

Nice report! Iberia's Business Class looks very nice on the A346.
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