The Spanish national airline was founded in 1927 in order to provide postal services between Madrid and Barcelona. After World War Two, Iberia began to link together Spain and South America, adding transatlantic flights in the 1950s. Nowadays, Iberia is the dominant Spanish airline, running links to 102 international destinations and operating in partnership with British Airways. Every year, the firm serves around 17 million passengers.
Iberia has its main hub at Madrid Barajas airport, Spain's central aviation centre. However, it also has a strong presence at Barcelona El Prat, the country's second city, and via British Airways, Iberia has a strong presence in the UK as well. The airline runs both international and domestic services, serving 17 Spanish cities and 60 international airports. Major destinations include New York JFK, London Heathrow and Tokyo Narita.
Iberia operates a number of different services. Their major operation is a high quality, moderately priced passenger service with specialist provision for business travellers. Budget feeder flights from Madrid are provided by Iberia Express. The firm operates connecting flights via major Spanish hubs and to international destinations through their corporate partnerships. For long haul flights, food and drink are included in the ticket price. For flights of under 4 and a half hours, a buffet service is available.
Every flight has sections for business and economy travellers while on some routes extra leg room and facilities are provided in premium business class. The firm offers regular discounts on selected routes, and also allows customers to collect Avios points which can be used to purchase services such as hire cars and accommodation. Baggage weighing over 32kg will not be carried by Iberia, and excess baggage charges apply to any items weighing more than 23kg.