·       During the 2020 summer season, Iberia will open the route Washington DC-Madrid and increase its capacity from San Juan and San Francisco to Madrid

·       Capacity on the L.A.-Madrid flights will grow by 17% due to the operation of the A350-900 on this route

Madrid, 14 November 2019

The Spanish airline Iberia is ‘raising its ante’ in the US market with a new route from Washington DC to Madridand capacity growth on its flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Juan.

From May 1st, 2020, Iberia will offer up to five weekly return flights Washington DC-Madrid with A330-300s aircraft, which can carry up to 292 people. In the summer season, the capacity available to travelers in this route will be more than 68,000 seats. Washington will be Iberia’s 8th destination in the US.

Iberia will also increase capacity in two destinations in California. From April 1st, 2020,  flights from Los Angeles to Madrid will be operated by Iberia’s most modern aircraft: the A350-900, a twin-engine plane with a range of 14,800 km and 25% more fuel efficient than aircraft with similar capacity. The seats offered on this route will therefore grow by 17%during the summer season.

The airline will strengthen its offer on the San Francisco-Madrid route by 15%, as the flight is scheduled to begin in early April and continue until the end of October.

As for the route San Juan in Puerto Rico – Madrid, Iberia will increase its capacity on by 55%, as it will operate up to one daily flight.

Iberia is part of the North American Joint Business Agreement on routes between Europe and North America with American Airlines, British Airways and Finnair. Together, the four airlines offer their customers more travel choices:

up to 140 departures a day linking 34 North American cities to 24 European cities. Among other benefits, customers can mix and match flights operated by any of the four carriers to get the best deals and enjoy smoother connections through coordinated schedules. Members of the airlines’ loyalty programmes have also more chances to earn and redeem Avios, miles or points.

As part of this Joint Business Agreement, American Airlines recently announced new daily non-stop service between Boston (BOS) and London Heathrow (LHR) beginning

March 29. American's BOS to LHR flight will be flown on a state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200, featuring 37 Flagship Business seats and 24 Premium Economy seats.

Iberia started flying to the United States in 1954. Today it operates 84 return flights per week from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Juan (Puerto Rico) to Madrid and flies also non-top from San Francisco to the Spanish capital during the summer season. In 2019, Iberia will offer more than 1,543,000 seats between the US and Spain, which is 6.47% more than in the previous year. In the first three quarters of this year, the airline carried 8% more passengers in this route than in 2018.