Are you heading to Spain this summer? Perhaps for the crazy Fiestas de Haro, the country's annual wine battle (when mobs of people squirt tens of thousands of liters of the red stuff on each other) in the town of Haro, this year set for June 29. Or maybe for the annual Gay Pride celebration in Madrid (July 2-6). Or for the world-famous running of the bulls in Pamplona (July 6-14). Or for La Tomatina, the world's biggest food fight (when revelers toss around a quarter-million pounds of tomatoes) in Bunol near Valencia (Aug. 27).
You're in luck if you're going this particular summer, because Spain's newly upbranded airline Iberia will be operating a record number of flights – many with brand new Airbus A330 jets – between its five U.S. gateways and its main hub at Madrid.
At Chicago-O'Hare, for example, Iberia will be running three additional weekly flights across the pond in June, July and August for a total of 10 frequencies a week. Also in the summer schedule, the airline will operate up to three daily flights between New York-JFK and Madrid, a daily round trip between Boston and Madrid, two daily round trips between Miami and Madrid and four frequencies in the Los Angeles market.
The A-330s are equipped with all-new cabin interiors, more comfortable seats and individual entertainment systems in both business class and the economy section of the planes. Business class passengers can stretch out in completely flat beds nearly six and a half feet long and use individual 15-inch touch screens to enjoy entertainment options such as 50 late-release films, 80 popular TV series, 400 music CDs, video games and more.
Economy class seats feature additional room and comfort along with individual 9-inch touch screens offering lots of entertainment options including a special children's program.
Iberia serves 90 destinations in 25 countries. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, the carrier operates some 600 flights a day with a fleet of close to 130 aircraft. Iberia is a member of the oneworld alliance of carriers together offering more than10,000 daily flights to about 890 destinations in 151 countries.
More info on Spain: Visit the Tourist Office of Spain