Iberia has announced plans for direct flights from Madrid to both Tokyo in Japan and Shanghai in China.
Luis Gallego, Iberia’s Chairman and CEO, says: "We have always wanted to be a global airline. With these routes to Tokyo and Shanghai, we take a step in that direction, while we bring closer our country to two economical and touristic powers such as Japan and China".
Pending government approval, starting on 18 October, Iberia will operate three flights per week to Japan, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, for a total of some 90,000 seats per year. Tickets for these flights will go on sale today, with promotional launch fares starting at 612 Euros round trip from Spain.
These will be the only non-stop flights linking Japan with Spain, one of the most attractive touristic destinations for Japanese citizens, who fly to that country to experience its culture, gastronomy and artistic expressions such as flamenco.
On both routes Iberia will fly its latest aircraft, the twin-engine, wide-bodied Airbus A330-200, carrying up to 288 passengers, 19 in Business and 269 in Economy.