Review of Iberia flight Bogota Madrid in Business

Airline Iberia
Flight IB6586
Class Business
Seat 1C
Aircraft Airbus A350-900
Flight time 09:45
Take-off 08 Mar 24, 18:20
Arrival at 09 Mar 24, 10:05
IB   #49 out of 94 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 344 reviews
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Published on 27th March 2024

Routing

  • Bogota to Madrid You are here

Travel to the airport


In Bogota I'm staying at the Hilton Garden Inn El Dorado. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to the airport every hour on the hour. The journey to the airport takes roughly 15 minutes.


Check-in


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With three daily departures to Madrid, Iberia has quite a huge operation here in Bogota. There are two check-in counters for Business Class passengers, and six for Economy Class.


Airside


By the time I'm through immigration and security, I have about two hours to go to departure. The boarding card says that boarding starts at 17h20, one hour before departure - which seems a bit excessive. 


In Bogota, Iberia uses the LATAM lounge opposite gate A2. However, given that the lounge has no views worth mentioning, I decide to head for my gate at A7 to watch the inbound from Madrid arrive.



boarding


Boarding starts at 17:30, which is still quite early for our 18h20 departure. Or maybe not…


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The boarding process takes for ever, mainly because passengers and their bags are only allowed into the airbridge in groups, where they and their bags are checked for narcotics by the police. It's all rather unpleasant.


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The Cabin & Seat


The cabin is laid out in a 1 + 2 + 1 configuration. Seats on the uneven rows are on the aisle, whereas seats on the even rows are by the window.


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The seat is brilliant and offers a lot of private storage space. 


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I am seated on 1C, which means I have even more storage space in the bulkhead, which is rather convenient.


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The seat offers a lot of privacy. In addition to the sliding doors, the seats have been arranged to maximize privacy, so that even with the door open, you can't actually see your neighbors.


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At my seat when I arrive is a mattress, a pillow and a blanket. A vanity kit is also provided.


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The crew


The crew on this flight are really great, friendly and very helpful. While boarding is still underway, a selection of cava, orange juice or water is served.


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Followed by the menu.


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departure


Eventually, we push back from our stand thirty minutes late. No wonder with such a boarding process. We take off toward the south and then make a wide-sweeping left turn to point us in the general direction of Madrid.


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inflight catering - dinner


The meal service starts as soon as the take-off sign is turned off. The crew are clearly on a mission to keep the service short, so that passengers can maximize their rest. The service begins with an unscented hot towel.


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For the starter, I have the guacamole with bread.


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The tray is served with the cheese on it to save time later on.


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For the main course, I have the spinach ravioli filled with ricotta in a rich, tangy tomato sauce. This is really a very good dish and probably the best thing I've eaten all week in Bogota.


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For dessert I have a small apple tart served with dulce de leche, which hits the spot nicely.


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And then I go off to sleep


breakfast


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I awake ninety minutes out of Madrid, which means I slept for a solid six hours. The seat is really very comfortable in the bed position. As soon as the crew see me stir, they come to take my order for breakfast. I go with the omelette. which is served with pastries and rolls.


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The second meal service is as efficient as the first one. As soon as I'm done, the tray is taken away and shortly after that we start the descent into Madrid's satellite Terminal 4S.


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Arrival in Madrid


We land and make the short taxi to our stand. And that brings to an end my first Iberia experience on long-haul.


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Immigration is very quick. I then take the metro to the main terminal and make my way outside to take the landside shuttle to Terminal 2.


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Verdict

Iberia

8.5/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering9.0

Bogota - BOG

9.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Madrid - MAD

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

I thoroughly enjoyed this flight with Iberia. First, there's the serious eye candy, by which I am referring to the A 350. It's such an elegant aircraft. The crew and service on Iberia were great. I appreciate that the crew made a point of keeping the service short and efficient. The food was great too. And the seat was incredibly comfortable, which shows in the fact that I slept for six hours!

Information on the route Bogota (BOG) Madrid (MAD)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 10 avis concernant 3 compagnies sur la ligne Bogota (BOG) → Madrid (MAD).


Useful

La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Iberia avec 7.0/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 9 heures et 45 minutes.

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3 Comments

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  • Comment 647630 by
    Chibcha SILVER 552 Comments
    We almost took the same flight! But I flew the day after...
    IBs new Business Class seat is great...you had the same catering as I did. I found it a bit unappealing compared to their offering ex-MAD. If that is the best you had in your time in Bogota, I can give you tips for good restaurants in town for next time you visit.

    Thanks for posting!
  • Comment 647747 by
    airberlin GOLD 1878 Comments
    Nice to read you report on BOG MAD. I am myself about to publish one from my flight end of Feb. Always need some time to publish… I loved IB as you did. The seat is just great and make the trip memorable.
    Looking forward to reading your next FR.
  • Comment 647757 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6718 Comments
    Very nice review! The new cabin looks really good. As much as I fly Iberia, I have yet to get lucky and get one of these! Fingers crossed for an aircraft swap to a new A350 at some point haha--for the moment everything I have booked in on A330s. They just don't seem to run these new A350s to North America.

    Iberia have been underrated for years. They're like a hidden gem (in Business anyway)--from the comfortable cabins (even the old ones) to the quality bedding and catering, and consistently good crews, I feel like IB give any European carrier a run for their money. The catering has improved exponentially from what it was pre-Covid, and of course during Covid. With their pre-meal tapas service, I'd even argue that IB catering is better than big sister BA's...granted BA's wine selections are generally better. Overall a very nice experience.

    Thanks for sharing!

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