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For Iberia, the past few years have been pretty tumultuous. After years of bleeding money, then a merger with British Airways in 2010 and some more rollercoaster years of performance, it's about time for the Spanish flag carrier to come out with new branding and hopefully herald the dawn of a new era for themselves.
Since there's no easier way to rebrand an entire airline than to haul out the buckets of airplane paint, Iberia is planning to refresh their look starting early next year. While the designs are not complete, we do have an idea of what the airplanes will look like when they roll out of the hangar.
If it seems like we are spreading the news of some flashy new business class seat every few weeks, you are probably right. It's all the fault of the airlines, as a huge number have taken the recent years to update their cabin offerings to lure passengers away from competitors. Now, the torch is passed to Iberia with their announcement of new lie-flat seats in the long-haul swanky cabins.
The Spanish flag carrier's aim is to sit their elite flyers down in a more comfy seat for folks winging their way to/from Spain on their widebody Airbus jets, starting this month with the A330s and eventually moving onto the A340s later in the year. And the love isn't limited to business class; economy class is getting an overhaul as well, just not lie-flat hotness.
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Luggage gets lost. Sometimes even our luggage gets lost. Most of the time it's no big deal since we planned accordingly and packed the essentials in a carry on and have what we need until the airline get their act together and delivers the bag. No big deal, right? Not all the time. In particular the time we put all our money on one color and let it roll on Iberia from Madrid to Mallorca.
It was a normal one-way flight to the Balearic Island. After what seemed like an uneventful check-in and after closer inspection we were given the wrong boarding passes. Inquiring about the confusion, collecting correct passes and a confirmation that the luggage will be loaded, we headed off to the lounge. In a surprise twist, our luggage was not on the belt in Palma.
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If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.
When browsing an in-flight shopping magazine and flipping past all of the pages of meh watches and perfumes, you may be missing plenty of amazing finds that make for great souvenirs (if only to show that you were actually thinking of your friends and family while away). Many catalogs actually have some items that rival what can be found in typical tourist shops, so let's explore a few:
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Let me take a moment this fine summer Friday to tell you a quick story.
My parents are still alive and kickin' (and traveling, and retired). They take a short cruise here, a short cruise there, and occasionally a package deal to the Caribbean if they're feeling particularly ambitious. This wasn't always the way, especially when it comes to my mom.
She was an executive secretary when having that title made her the coolest lady in the office cafeteria. She sewed her own pantsuits and coordinated jewelry. AND she took killer vacations for a young, single, professional woman from the Midwest. We're talking Hawaii. Curacao. The Bahamas. Haiti. Venezuela. Germany/Austria. Then, in 1973, she flew on Iberia for a trip to Spain and Morocco, and had her first experience in a Boeing 747.
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We all know that bmi ownership has changed hands from Lufthansa to IAG, the parent company to British Aiways and Iberia. When the merger is complete, bmi will be no more, a casualty in the battle that is the European aviation industry. But first, we bid a fond adieu to bmi's low-cost little brother, bmi baby.
With all the necessary signatures put to paper, IAG is starting to figure out the best way to combine operations and surge to airline dominance. The baby painted planes are the first ones to get the axe and it's all happening very quickly.
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It’s time for a new spinoff low cost carrier, as the suits and bean counters over at Iberia thought it was a great idea to start another airline with a brand new name. Iberia Express is scheduled to start selling tickets as soon as March 28—at least per their website—and after that it’ll be all low fares all the time. At least that’s what we’re hoping for!
The plan for Iberia Express is to connect cities in Spain with spots tourists and locals that want to visit. Initial destinations include spots like Madrid along with some of the country’s more famous island destinations—think Ibiza, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. Initially the new airline will just be doing its thing with a fleet of four Airbus A320s, so it’ll be quite some time before they’re flying to more cities and destinations. However, it does sound like there are some long term plans for Iberia Express, so hopefully there will be plenty of expansion and growth if everything goes as planned.
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In our frequent travels through Miami International Airport, we've only been to the American Airlines Admirals Club on a handful of occasions. But what we have learned is that all Admirals Clubs are not created equal.
When you have a choice between three loungesas you do at MIA if you're flying Americanyou may just opt for the one closest to your gate. But, not so fast! There are pros and cons to these lounges: size, crowd, amenities, etc.
To help you navigate the sprawling land of AA at MIA, here's a little breakdown of what you'll find at each AA clubhouse:
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Something's going on. There have been far too many cheap cheap airfares lately from the USA to Europe for travel through May on Iberia and it's starting to make us think twice. Here's a perfect example: the $250 Milan flights and $290 Paris flights, whichyes, we bookedbut still haven't really gone away. Is Iberia crazy or just awesome?
To be fair, we're flying American Airlines direct flights with their deals via the Iberia website, but you won't find the ridiculously low rates on American's site, nosireebob. Still, it is the low season in Europe and airfares are supposed to get cheap this time of the year, but then these popped up: $689 to South Africa and $478 to Istanbul. What does Iberia know that we don't?
We suppose we'll find out when we fly our $250 Europe roundtrip later this month. Until then, score yourself some equally impressive deals by searching Iberia.com directly, and keeping your dates flexible.
[Photo: Andres Rueda]
Ever since we scored that $680 direct roundtrip to Tokyo, we've been wholeheartedly in favor of jumping on those ridiculously low airfare deals, when they chance to appear. Now is that time; brace yourselves. Yesterday evening, we saw AirfareWatchdog announce flights to Paris, Milan and Brussels all under $300 total, round-trip from New York. These prices are still available, as we've checked just this morning.
The only catch is that travel for these sale fares is only between January and March, 2011 and you'll be booking on the Iberia site and most likely traveling on their Oneworld partner, American Airlines.
Many dates for a $292 trip to Paris are still open; examples we found are January 20-26, February 17-21 (go for the weekend!) and March 8-14. We scored the Milan flights ourselves, seeing as how they were $250 and we're dreaming of an Italian ski weekend in January.
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Hmm...why does that airplane look different from all the others?
If you're lucky, sometime during your travels you'll be saying or thinking that very thing, because you've happened to spot a jet done up in retro livery. Every so often, an airline celebrates a special occasion like an anniversary by giving one of their planes a throwback paintjob. We've already shown you 5 awesome retro plane paintjobs, but we think they're pretty great, so here's five more:
US Airways' Airbus A319 in PSA colors (above) does indeed have a smile painted on, and doesn't it look like the cheeriest little plane ever? The retro livery was applied in 2006 to honor the memory of the old Pacific Southwest Airlines, one of the airlines absorbed into US Airways in the past. There are two other US Airways planes flying around in retro liveries of other US Airways constituent airlines as well: Piedmont and Allegheny. [Flickr/JeffreyPutman]
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· American Airlines:
Teaming up with its buddies in the oneworld alliance this week, American Airlines announced a couple new options for escaping from the United States in search of fun overseas. The first is JFK to Budapest, and this new option will begin to fly next April along with the help of some Boeing 767s. The other is from Chicago to Helsinki which will also start next spring. Prices haven’t been announced for these new routes yet, but don’t expect any crazy deals anytime soon.
· British Airways:
Not to be outdone by American Airlines, British Airways also got into the new route announcement fun this week. The carrier will start new nonstop service between San Diego and London-Heathrow beginning next April. The airline already offers nonstop service between London and Los Angeles, so now Brits on holiday are free to fly into LA and fly out of San Diego after visiting Disneyland, Legoland, and SeaWorld.