Review: Iberia A330 company Class Madrid to Johannesburg

On January 2nd 2017, we travelled company Class on Iberia for an Airbus A330-300 from Madrid-Barajas airport terminal (MAD) in Spain to O.R. Tambo airport terminal (JNB) in South Africa. Iberia runs an impressive international network from Madrid dominating the market for flights between European countries and South America and it has recently added direct routes to key Asian and African towns, particularly Johannesburg. This year, Iberia merged with British Airways, although both air companies keep flying under their particular and well-known manufacturers.

Pre-boarding, I’d access to the Iberia VIP Velazquez Business Lounge at Madrid airport.

Business Class Cabin

Iberia’s Airbus A330-300 planes have two Business Class cabins: a sizable cabin which seats 28 people as you’re watching plane (behind the cockpit) and a smaller, more intimate cabin with only 8 seats in front of the 242 seat Economy Class cabin. Both cabins are divided from each other by way of a galley. This is usually a various design versus one you find on Iberia’s A330-200 planes where all 19 company Class flat-bed seats are located in one single cabin.

The A330-300 features Iberia’s latest Business course product (contrary to a number of the carrier’s older A340 planes, which are nevertheless built with a substandard product). The cabin features Iberia’s signature bright-red colour on television displays as you board, which contrasts well utilizing the soft grey colours of the seat cushions, tray table, and storage cabinets. The colourful pillows add a nice touch. The seat on their own are Solstys-style, fully lie flat seats placed in 1-2-1 setup, which means that all seats face ahead which every passenger has access to the aisle, even when all seats are reclined. Note that this sitting pattern implies that center pairs and screen seats have couple of inches/cm more size during sex mode than their aisle counterparts. This is usually a comparable item such as the one you will find on Etihad, Air Berlin, and Alitalia.

Follow this link for a seat map of Iberia’s A330-300.

Business Class Seat together with Best Seat To Decide On

Business Class seat includes a good pitch of 78 inch (198 cm) and width of 26 inch (66 cm). In front of the chair, underneath the large activity display screen , can be an ottoman, which becomes area of the flat-bed (whenever seat is reclined) and which allows one to expand your legs around you love to. The chair it self comes with an adjustable back and neck pillow with massage function. During the push of the key, the chair are reclined right into a fully and extremely comfortable flatbed of 78 inch (200 cm), like the footrest.

The seat’s part features the chair and inflight activity settings, the energy supply and some cabinets to keep your smaller items. The tray table is attached to the back of this chair prior to you; the table can be moved out-of-the-way to enable you to get fully up, without disturbing the articles.

What are the best Business course seats on Iberia’s A330-300?

Solo travellers should select the window seats that are A & L seats. You’ll feel extremely exposed within the C & J seats, which are more found over the aisle than the window. Partners and good friends should go for starters associated with the so-called ‘honeymoon’ middle seats (seat E and G on rows 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8).

The seats in smaller Business Class cabin (rows 7 and 8) like a more intimate ambience.

Which are the worst Business Class seats on Iberia’s A330-300?

Seats in row 1 and 7 may have problems with some noise through the galley and lavatory. We also recommend to avoid the last row of Business Class, line 8, which can be at the Premium Economy bassinet seats.If you are traveling solo, you don’t desire to be seated in another of the vacation seats, since here, you’re right by the passenger beside you. Just in case you wind up right here, there’s a divider that one may raise for additional privacy.

The C & J windows seats face to the aisle and are also much less personal since the A & L screen seats.

Amenity Kit

Trendy amenity kits are given out by the cabin crew to Business Class passengers whenever boarding is completed. They’re well stocked for Business Class: socks, ear plugs, eyeshades, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, a couple of hairbands, L’Occitane en Provence salon services and products, and a shoebag. Each chair additionally has a comfortable blanket, a decently sized pillow, and sound cancelling headphones. I’ve outlined which airlines get the best amenity kits individually.

In-Flight Dishes

The company Class meals had been great throughout the flight, both in the solution and presentation. The supper menu read the following:

Warm bread and additional virgin oil.
Fresh shoot salad with feta cheese brunoise and semi-dried tomatoes.
Balsamic vinegar of PEdro Ximenz vinaigrette.
Foie-gras terrine with curly endive, pomegranate and fig jam.
Tronchon sheep’s cheese with Santa Terese quince jelly and grapes.

Principal course:
Salmon and spinach in puff pastry with creamy dill sauce.

Triple chocolate cake.

Iberia Breakfast:
Plain omelette.
Smoked boiled ham and chicken cold nut.
Toasts and extra-virgin olive oil.
Orange juice.
Seasonal fresh fruit.
Croissant, butter, jam.
Coffee and natural teas.


Iberia’s inflight entertainment system is substantial with additional than 60 movies in numerous languages, addressing a variety of genres from comedy, drama and cartoons right through to action and suspense, including Spanish cinema. Additionally up to 98 choices including television show (Spanish and international), documentaries and activities, technology and travel programmes.. There are also over 200 music choices. Iberia’s new A330 long-haul aircraft may also be designed with WiFi and GSM community, to help you remain linked by satellite with your personal device. Company Class passengers get a voucher for the complimentary 4MB of data.

Iberia Club

After supper, a little walk-up club is initiated in galley involving the two company Class cabins. It features covered sandwiches, chocolates, fruits, beverages, and containers of water.


Iberia recently introduced this home based business class item on the longhaul fleet, that offers excellent meals, chair and inflight activity. Definitely, the center East Airlines; Emirates, Etihad and Qatar provide a better Business Class product, nevertheless they just offer channels to South Africa via their hubs in the centre East, see my report on Emirates Dubai to Cape Town.. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also fly to South Africa from British.