Iberia has announced it is to return to Japan with the launch of a three times weekly flight from Madrid to Tokyo Narita from Tuesday 18 October 2016.
The airline also aims to launch flights from Madrid to Shanghai later in 2016, subject to Government approval and obtaining slots at Shanghai.
The announcement is symbolic as it marks a significant turnaround in Iberia’s fortunes over the past five years since it joined British Airways under the umbrella of International Airlines Group.
These two routes will be Iberia’s only routes to Asia and will enable Iberia to turn Madrid into a gateway between Asia and Latin Anerica.
Iberia will operate the route with a two class Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 19 business class and 269 economy seats.
Although not mentioned, it is assumed that the Tokyo Narita route will be codeshared with fellow Oneworld alliance partners British Airways, Finnair and Japan Airlines which operate a joint-venture on flights between Europe and Japan.
It is also a reasonable assumption that onward connections from Tokyo to other destinations in Japan will ultimately be available with Japan Airlines.
Further route announcements are expected from Iberia and previously mooted destinations include Doha, Brasilia, Toronto and Asuncion.
Flights to Tokyo Narita are on sale now at Iberia.com
Madrid – Tokyo Narita
Tuesday 18 October 2016 – Sunday 30 October 2016
Flight IB6801 Depart Madrid 13:20 – Arrive Tokyo Narita 09:35 (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight IB6800 Depart Tokyo Narita 11:20 – Arrive Madrid 18:20 (Wednesday, Saturday, Monday)
Sunday 30 October 2016 – Onwards
Flight IB6801 Depart Madrid 12:20 – Arrive Tokyo Narita 09:35 (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight IB6800 Depart Tokyo Narita 11:20 – Arrive Madrid 17:20 (Wednesday, Saturday, Monday)