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Overview: Iberia Enterprise Class A320neo (MAD-MXP)

After flying Iberia A330 enterprise class from Miami to Madrid and staying on the 4 Seasons Madrid, it was time to proceed our journey to Oman. That began with an Iberia A320neo flight from Madrid to Milan, which I’ll be reviewing on this publish.

How I booked our Iberia enterprise class tickets

Our time in Oman can be beginning in Salalah, so I booked the next in enterprise class for 42,500 AAdvantage miles plus $74.60 in taxes and costs (what a deal!):

02/16 IB3252 Madrid to Milan departing departing 11:30AM arriving 1:45PM
02/16 QR128 Milan to Doha departing 3:50PM arriving 11:35PM
02/17 QR1130 Doha to Salalah departing 12:50AM arriving 4:20AM

Whereas we might have flown nonstop from Madrid to Doha, I made a decision to ebook us a connection in Milan as a substitute. Why? As a result of I wished to expertise Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 enterprise class, which is simply accessible on choose routes.

Iberia enterprise class boarding

After spending a while on the Iberia Premium Lounge Dali, we headed to our departure gate, H16. Boarding was scheduled for 11AM, and we left the lounge at round 10:45AM.

Madrid Airport signage

The gate was perhaps a 5 minute stroll from the lounge, and that primarily consisted of strolling down one lengthy hallway.

Madrid Airport Terminal 4

I used to be shocked to seek out that boarding began at 10:50AM (10 minutes early), with enterprise class passengers being invited to board first.

Iberia departure gate Madrid Airport

As soon as down the jet bridge, there was nonetheless a barrier stopping boarding from beginning. Nevertheless, that was eliminated inside a couple of minutes.

Madrid Airport to jet bridge for Iberia flight
Madrid Airport to jet bridge for Iberia flight

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class cabin & seats

As is normal on intra-Europe flights, enterprise class merely consisted of financial system seats with blocked middles. On this case there have been 5 rows, and eight of the 20 seats have been occupied. In concept the dimensions of the cabin might change with every flight by simply having the partition moved round. Nevertheless, this explicit aircraft truly had totally different seats in enterprise class than financial system.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class cabin
Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class cabin

Beneath is a have a look at the financial system cabin — as you may see, these are totally different seats. It looks as if the enterprise class seats are the identical that you just’ll discover on British Airways, whereas the financial system ones… aren’t. The cabin nonetheless felt fairly “contemporary” — for what it’s price, we have been flying on the 2 yr previous A320neo with the license plate EC-NFZ, so it was certainly one of Iberia’s newer A320s.

Iberia Airbus A320 financial system class cabin

I assigned us seats 5A & 5C, the aisle and window within the final row of enterprise class on the left. Whereas legroom was in no way nice, it wasn’t terrible both.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class seats
Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class legroom

Every seat had a tray desk plus a literature pocket.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class seatback
Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class tray desk

What was most pleasantly shocking is that every seat additionally had an AC and USB energy outlet. It’s unhappy how low my expectations are of quick haul plane in Europe (minus Aeroflot and Turkish, that are nice), however I’d take into account that to be a close to leading edge amenity.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class energy retailers

The overhead consoles have been additionally trendy, and had particular person air nozzles.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class overhead console

There was additionally a rest room on the entrance of the cabin, which was fairly clear.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class bathroom

Iberia departure from Madrid

Boarding was surprisingly sluggish, on condition that this isn’t an enormous aircraft, and we began boarding early. I used to be impressed that the entire flight attendants have been carrying N95s or KN95s (in contrast to within the US, the place flight attendant unions complain that they really feel unsafe and need to droop service, after which they put on material masks). Moreover I observed that the flight attendants strictly enforced appropriate masks use throughout boarding, which is to say that anybody with a masks underneath their nostril was requested to drag it up.

As soon as boarding was accomplished, sanitizing wipes have been distributed.

Iberia Airbus A320 enterprise class antibacterial wipe

At 11:25AM the captain got here on the PA to announce our flight time of 1hr55min, however mentioned that we have been nonetheless ready on one passenger who had checked a bag. If the passenger didn’t present up they’d have to dump the bag, which may take some time. Happily the particular person confirmed up inside a few minutes.

At 11:30AM we started our pushback, and 5 minutes after that we started our taxi. Round this time the security demonstration was carried out — there was a recorded monitor, after which flight attendants carried out the demo within the aisle.

Pushing again Madrid Airport

I loved the view as we taxied out, and specifically all of the Iberia jets lined up at T4.

Taxiing Madrid Airport

We taxied out behind one other Iberia A320neo, and made it to runway 36R by 11:45AM.

Taxiing Madrid Airport
Taking off from Madrid Airport

We had a fast takeoff roll and a steep climb out of Madrid. The seatbelt signal was turned off inside 5 minutes.

View after takeoff from Madrid
View after takeoff from Madrid
View after takeoff from Madrid

Iberia enterprise class Wi-Fi

I used to be delighted to seek out that this Iberia A320neo had Wi-Fi. Energy retailers and Wi-Fi on an intra-Europe flight? I can purchase a lottery ticket!

Iberia enterprise class Wi-Fi

Not solely was there Wi-Fi, but it surely was fairly fairly priced. A Wi-Fi move for your entire flight price 8.99 EUR, and included limitless information utilization. Speeds have been glorious as properly, so I used to be capable of keep productive your entire flight.

Iberia enterprise class Wi-Fi

Iberia enterprise class lunch & service

After takeoff the curtains have been closed between the galley and the cabin.

Iberia A320 enterprise class cabin

Shortly thereafter a flight attendant got here via to take lunch orders. The alternatives have been described as both cod with greens and mustard sauce or spinach gnocchi. All the things was introduced out on a single tray about 10 minutes later. Like on the lengthy haul Iberia flight, dishes have been served coated.

Iberia enterprise class lunch

I used to be impressed by the catering, as there aren’t many airways that serve sizzling meals intra-Europe on flights of underneath two hours. My cod was respectable sufficient, and was served with an appetizer (I believe it was some form of a quinoa salad), a bread roll, and a panna cotta dessert.

Iberia enterprise class lunch

Ford ordered the spinach gnocchi, which was swimming in a cheese sauce, however was in any other case fairly good.

Iberia enterprise class lunch

After the meal I ordered a cup of espresso. Iberia’s espresso cups are comically small (extra like espresso cups), although fortuitously the flight attendant was glad to supply a few refills.

Iberia enterprise class espresso & dessert

The crew on this flight was environment friendly and prepared to meet requests, however was hardly over-the-top pleasant.

Iberia arrival in Milan

At round 1:10PM we started our descent for Milan, and 10 minutes after that the seatbelt signal was turned on. We had a easy method, and touched down at 1:35PM.

View approaching Milan

From there it was only a quick 5 minute taxi to our arrival gate, the place we pulled in 5 minutes forward of schedule.

Taxiing Milan Airport

Backside line

Iberia actually impressed me with its quick haul product. The aircraft had energy retailers (AC and USB), quick and fairly priced Wi-Fi, and sizzling meals. On prime of that, our flight departed and arrived on schedule. That’s about pretty much as good as intra-Europe enterprise class will get, so kudos to Iberia. I wouldn’t hesitate to fly Iberia once more, particularly on an A320neo.

For those who’ve flown Iberia’s quick haul enterprise class, what was your expertise like?

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