British Airways will once again turn to one of its sister airlines to operate short haul flights from London this summer.
BA is already leasing aircraft and crews from Iberia Express to cover flights at Gatwick.
Finnair is also operating select flights from London Heathrow Terminal 3.
The airline will now call on Iberia to operate select BA short haul fights from Heathrow Terminal 5.
This is currently due to start from Wednesday 1 June until Wednesday 31 August 2022.
How Do I Know If My Flight Is Operated By Iberia?
BA is not confirming which flights will be operated by Iberia.
From a cursory scan of ba.com Iberia will cover a number of flights between Heathrow and Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.
If you have already booked a BA flight from Heathrow, you should be messaged by the airline to advise your flight will be operated by Iberia.
You can also look up your flight on BA’s online timetable and click the aircraft icon for the date of your flight.
The full flight details will say “Operated by Iberia” or “Operated by Iberia for British Airways”:
It’s also possible that flights may move between BA and Iberia and back again throughout the month.
How Will The Flight Differ?
The in flight service, whilst operated by Iberia crews, will be the same in both Euro Traveller economy and Club Europe business class cabins.
Airport check in arrangements are unchanged.
Can I Change My Flight?
When BA wet leases aircraft from another airline it allows passengers to change their flight to one operated by BA, either from Heathrow or another London airport.
For example, in the case of Barcelona, you could choose an alternative BA operated flight from Heathrow, or a BA CityFlyer flight between London City and Barcelona.
As Iberia short haul aircraft are in a similar configuration to BA, there is little reason to do so unless you have particularly strong feelings about Iberia!