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Article from BTNews 7 FEBRUARY 2011

Spanish flights to Brazil increase

Iberia has launched a new service from Madrid to Fortaleza and Recife in the North East of Brazil on the Atlantic coast.  The load factor of the Spanish carrier first flight to both Brazilian cities surpassed the 90% mark, a strong indication of the route’s future potential.  It doubles the number of Iberia destinations in Brazil.  The airline expects to carry some 80,000 passengers on the new service in its first year.

The flights are operated using 254-seat Airbus A340-300s, equipped with a new Business Plus Class including flat beds.  An exquisite gastronomic service and on demand in-flight entertainment system are other features of Iberia’s long haul Business Class.  Routing is Madrid – Fortaleza – Recife – Madrid.

The new operation consolidates Brazil’s status as Iberia’s most important Latin American destination, and the one expected to grow the most in 2011.  Iberia currently offers two daily return flights between Madrid and Sao Paulo as well as the daily service to Río de Janeiro.  In 2010, the Spanish airline carried 492,000 passengers between Europe and Brazil, nearly 7% more than in the previous year. www.iberia.com

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