Iberia has announced two new routes to the Americas from Madrid for the summer of 2019. The company plans on operating flights to Chicago O’hare, and to Buenos Aires Ezeiza. The new routes are not going to be year round, but will only operate during the busy peak summer season. Ibera plans on operating the destinations with Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft.
The flights from Madrid to O’hare will start in late May and go through to the end of October 2019. Initially, Iberia will operate the service three times per week building up to a daily schedule later in the season. Flight frequency is as follows.
- 3 Flights per week- May 27 through June 4, 2019
- 6 flights per week- June 22, through July 9, 2019
- 7 flights per week- July 10, through October 26, 2019
Buenos Aires Ezeiza
The route from Madrid to Buenos Aires will start in late, march, and will also run through October 26, 2019, like the Chicago O’hare destination, Although the destination will be served by 7 flights per week from the start.
- Flights IB6841/6856- 7 flights per week from March 31, through May 31, 2019
- Flights IB6841/6856- 3 flights per week from June 1, through October 26, 2019
- Flights IB6845/6844- 7 flights per week from June 1, through October 26, 2019
The aircraft Iberia will operate on the route will be almost brand new. The company has 16 Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft on order, and it took delivery of the first on June 26, 2018. The aircraft will feature 32 Business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 24 Premium Economy seats in 4 rows. The first and second rows are in a 2-2 configuration with a galley occupying the middle space. The middle two rows are in a 2-4-2 configuration. The rest of the aircraft is in a 3-3-3 economy configuration. Interestingly Iberia opted for 4 middle seats for Premium economy, but only 3 for economy which does seem a little counter-intuitive.
The announcement of these new routes is great news especially if you were planning a trip and can make them work for you. Considering that there is a distinct possibility of some serious disruption to flights in the summer of 2019, following the exit of the UK from the European Union, adding more options on transatlantic routes from Europe to the Americas is welcome!