This is my Iberia Business Class review of a long haul flight on an A340-600
Iberia is the Spanish partner of BA in the IAG group. Having previous experience of British Airways it was an interesting change to have my first experiences of Iberia Business Class long haul on a journey from Europe to South America.
As is often the case nowadays I began planning for my trip by searching on Expedia and Skyscanner business class flights. Typically I have used Air France in the past for this routing, however a Latam Airlines flight ticket option looked cost effective with reasonable connection times. Whilst Latam Airlines are a South American company the first two of my flights would be with Iberia, which sparked my interest.
I began my journey flying from London Heathrow to Madrid. This meant that for my Iberia Business Class check in I could use the British Airways check in desks at Heathrow Terminal 5.
My first flight to Madrid was an Iberia European business class flight and the cabin was impressively fit out the same as my long haul flight plane – surprising because a European flight could be considered short haul.
The main leg of my journey was a 13 hour flight from Madrid to Santiago in Chile. I was flying on an Iberian Airbus A340-600. From what I could tell there was no First Class on Iberia, or at least on the flights I’ve been on. As a result my seat in row 5 was close to the front of the plane and I could see the cockpit door.
Iberia Business Class seats
The business class seating layout for this Iberia flight was 1-2-1, so every seat has aisle access (a relatively modern selling point for most business class travel now). I thought the seats and layout looked relatively familiar as they seemed similar to those I’ve experienced on the Emirates A380.
You had a fully reclining flat bed seat with a rest/stowage area to the side just like you find in the Emirates A380 business class cabin. Unlike Emirates though there was no mixed selection of soft drinks already set to the side of the seat.
Legroom was plentiful and there was a little stowage area underneath the footrest where I could place my shoes.
I was directly facing the entertainment screen which was a decent size for viewing. The screen was either touchscreen controlled or via a handheld controller, I found both versions a little bit awkward to use but mastered it in the end. Naturally the films/programmes to watch were a mix of items in either Spanish or English. I thought the selection was fairly reasonable and more than enough to keep me occupied should I choose to stay awake for the full 13 hour flight. As it turns out it was an overnight flight so I spent most of my time sleeping.
The headphones that were made available were of reasonable quality. They weren’t noise cancelling however I found them good for film viewing and couldn’t hear any external noise once the volume was at a comfortable level.
Iberia Airlines Business Class Amenity Kit
Not only did I receive a pillow and blanket but I also received an Iberia amenity kit. This came in a red, waterproof bag and contained the following items:
– toothbrush and toothpaste
– shoe horn
– ear plugs
– flight socks
– lip balm
– hand cream
– refreshing towel
It has to be said that these contents as pretty standard for a Business Class amenity kit. I’ve received more glamourous kits from other airlines but I’ve also received worse too. The kit may have been a little better if it came with a complimentary pen since there was an immigration form to complete for arriving in Chile.
My flight took off just after midnight so sleep was at the foremost of my mind rather than food. Since it was so late I don’t know if a meal was served at that time. Breakfast certainly was though and I would enjoy that after what I have to say was a very restful sleep on the fully reclined seat.
Iberia Airlines Breakfast
Breakfast was presented on a tray rather than choices being given. (Or at least nobody offered me a choice for breakfast.) There was a hot omelette with some cold ham and toast on the main plate. Other items presented included a tub of natural yoghurt, some cold fruit, butter and jam (to go with the toast), orange juice and a hot drink. After eating this I was presented with a croissant which helped me feel fuller after the long flight.
There was a large size folding table to rest the food tray on. It would have been an ideal table to rest my laptop should I have chosen to work on the flight. Each business class seat came with a power socket and usb connection point.
It is not unusual in Business Class to find that each seat had a place to hang your coat/jacket. I did however think it was poorly placed with Iberia since the hook was directly beside the TV screen. Maybe this design is not the most practical.
To me the on board service respectable but not memorable. Staff varied from service with a smile to some crew just getting on with the job. I’ve certainly been subject to poorer service but I’ve also experienced service where I’ve felt more valued as a passenger.
The other thing I noted about the cabin is that it was generally very warm inside. I had two flights with Iberia in a matter of hours. Both flights seemed to have set the thermostat in the cabin quite high.
Final thoughts on my Iberia Business Class Review
Overall I was impressed with the Business Class cabin on Iberia. I liked the concept that every seat has aisle access and the legroom.
The Iberia Business Class on board service was acceptable although not memorable. Food was okay, the seats were spacious and comfortable. Entertainment options were quite varied and facilities catered to the modern business traveller.
So to conclude my Iberia Business Class review I would be happy to fly Iberia again and found the in flight comfort better than I initially expected.