I wanted to check out Iberia’s “new” business class on the A330 as well as their updated MAD lounge both of which required a connection from NCE back to Madrid. The business class flight was operated by Iberia’s regional partner, Air Nostrum aboard a CRJ1000. This flight was included in my semi reasonably priced Avios redemption via a transfer to Iberia. The quick picture report is part eight of a ten part trip report from my travels to the south of France.
- British Airways Terraces Lounge JFK
- British Airways Club World (Business) JFK-LHR B777-200
- British Airways Galleries Club Lounge LHR Terminal 5A
- British Airways Club Europe (Business) LHR-NCE A319
- Marriott’s AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins, France
- Le Méridien Nice
- Nice (NCE) Airport Lounge, Not All that Nice…
- Iberia NCE-MAD CRJ1000 Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional) Business Class
- Iberia Velázquez VIP Lounge – Madrid Terminal 4S
- Iberia “New Business Class” MAD-JFK A330-300
Boarding was in a lower level departure area of NCE with many other regional flights:
What was interesting about this business class flight was that there was no actual business class! There was an area at the front of the plane for 4 business passengers with different headrest covers but nothing else about the seats were different. Additionally, business passengers were allowed to choose a complimentary sandwich and drink from the buy-on-board menu (total savings of about €10-11). Other than those few amenities, everything was the same as coach (besides the baggage allowance and boarding access). I’m not sure if this was an aircraft swap or if the flight was just too short for normal business service, as Air Nostrum’s website indicates meal service (on china) in business class. I’d say check with the airline if this is something that’s important to you (most of their flights are under 2 hours in duration). For me, I booked this last minute and was only concerned with a lie-flat A330-300 on the MAD-JFK leg.
Menus of the Ryanair variety with somewhat standard pricing – €6 for a sandwich,€3 for a beer, and€5 for wine.
Not much space, but the entire flight duration was 1 hour and 50 minutes. Don’t expect power outlets, wifi, or snacks/drinks besides those that you can buy-on-board. Overall, an easy hop to NCE with an early arrival giving me more time to explore the updated Iberia Velázquez VIP Lounge.
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