By Winston Shek
Iberia Firms Up U.S. Expansion Plans, Adds Dallas and Washington D.C.
This summer, Iberia will offer more than 120 flight frequencies to the United States, firming its plans to add flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas and Washington-Dulles. In addition, the Madrid-based carrier intends to resume flights to San Francisco, servicing a total of nine U.S. destinations this summer. This announcement builds upon an initial statement in November 2021, which announced intentions to launch these destinations without any filed schedules.
From American Airlines hub in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Iberia intends to launch four-weekly frequencies from June 1, 2022, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Primarily, the oneworld member carrier touts its ability to connect Dallas to 100 Iberian destinations across Europe. In addition, travelers can connect from Madrid to American Airlines’ extensive Dallas domestic network.
In addition, Iberia will add services from Madrid to Washington-Dulles, a route that was scheduled to launch in 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic. Its’ flights will commence on June 1, 2022, and operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Previously, Iberia served Washington-Dulles in 2010 during the summer.
Finally, Iberia will resume thrice-weekly services from Madrid to San Francisco on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This connection complements Iberia’s long-haul low-cost partner, LEVEL, and its thrice-weekly services from Barcelona to San Francisco. On the San Francisco end, Iberia passengers can connect onto a plethora of oneworld member’s Alaska Airlines flights, in part due to a recent codeshare expansion.
On flights to Washington-Dulles, Iberia faces competition from United Airlines via its daily Boeing 757-200 during the summer season. Meanwhile, on flights from Madrid to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Iberia complements American Airlines’ daily afternoon frequency on its Boeing 787-9 with an evening frequency.
In total, Iberia will increase its footprint to the United States with around 120 frequencies. This summer, Iberia will offer up to 14-weekly flights to New York-JFK, in addition to a daily LEVEL flight from Barcelona to New York-JFK. In addition, Iberia will offer up to 14-weekly flights to Miami. The flag carrier of Spain will connect Chicago and Boston to Madrid up to seven times a week, while connecting Los Angeles to Madrid up to five times a week.
All of these flights will operate on Iberia’s fleet of Airbus A330s. Specifically, the Madrid-based carrier operates 12 Airbus A330-200s, seating 288 passengers, including 19 business class seats and 269 economy class seats.
In addition, Iberia operates eight Airbus A330-300, seating 292 passengers, including 29 business class seats, 21 premium economy class seats and 242 economy class seats. On flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Francisco, Iberia will utilize the Airbus A330-200, while on flights to Washington-Dulles, it will utilize a mix of Airbus A330-200s and Airbus A330s.
Iberia is one of three Spanish carriers to increase its offering to the United States. New Spanish startup World2Fly partnered with its travel partner Newblue to offer charter flights via tour packages to select U.S. destinations, including Boston, Washington-Dulles, Orlando, San Francisco and Las Vegas on select dates throughout the summer.
In addition, the International Airlines Group’s low-cost long-haul subsidiary LEVEL unveiled its latest offering for the summer from its hub in Barcelona last year. Specifically, the airline will operate a daily flight from Barcelona to New York City and four-weekly flights from Barcelona to Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Originally, flights to Boston, San Francisco and New York City were scheduled three times a week, while flights to Los Angeles are new, representing ten new weekly frequencies.
These flights arrive amid a growing belief that transatlantic demand is due for a rebound this summer, potentially matching or surpassing pre-COVID-19 levels. Earlier this week, German airline Condor announced three new routes linking Frankfurt to Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as part of a bold summer offering totaling 16 routes.
Last year, multiple carriers revealed transatlantic city additions like fellow oneworld joint venture partner Finnair, which unveiled flights from Helsinki to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Seattle for the summer season.
|Origin||Destination||Arrival (local time)||Destination (local time)|
|Madrid||Dallas/Ft. Worth||3:55 P.M.||7:50 P.M.|
|Dallas/Ft. Worth||Madrid||9:25 P.M.||2:20 P.M.|
|Madrid||Washington-Dulles||12:10 P.M.||3:15 P.M.|
|Washington-Dulles||Madrid||4:45 P.M.||6:30 A.M.|
|Madrid||San Francisco||12:20 P.M.||4:15 P.M.|
|San Francisco||Madrid||5:50 P.M.||2:10 P.M.|