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British Airways will keep flying Iberia and Finnair aircraft until late August

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If you have a British Airways short haul flight coming up this Summer, the chance that you will end up on an Iberia or Finnair aircraft – with Iberia or Finnair crew – is increasing.

According to Aeroroutes, the following routes will be operated partially or wholly by Iberia aircraft until the end of August:

  • Barcelona
  • Copenhagen
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Rome Fiumcino
  • Stockholm Arlanda
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Meanwhile, the following routes will be partially or wholly flown by Finnair:

  • Billund
  • Bologna
  • Brindisi
  • Budapest
  • Faro
  • Gothenburg
  • Krakow
  • Ljubljana
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Nuremberg
  • Olbia
  • Oslo
  • Pisa
  • Prague
  • Pula
  • Split
  • Toulouse
  • Valencia
  • Vienna
  • Zagreb

Whoever ends up operating your flight, you will receive the standard British Airways onboard service.

Feedback about these Iberia and Finnair services has generally been positive. However, BA will allow you to change your flight to a BA-operated one if yours is impacted, which may be handy if the original time and date was not totally convenient.


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Comments (54)

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  • Meyers says:

    Not so positive feedback on Iberia operated flights I’m afraid. Service was great in Club – at seat service, individually delivered from the galley (not from a cart!), they even turned away Economy passengers from using the toilet which BA haven’t done in years! – but the food was literally just a cold snack in a box (Spanish tapas they called it). Nothing premium about it at all. The alternative? A sandwich! Nothing hot :-/
    Let’s hope City Flyer from LCY haven’t dropped DoCo this weekend (fingers crossed)

    • Nick says:

      There’s no snack box on the BA Club menu. Short routes (B1/2) don’t have hot meals but all salads are plated. Are you sure you weren’t on an IB prime service? In which case you’d have their service, not BA’s.

      Cityflyer’s catering indeed hasn’t changed, but it’s not Do&Co in any case.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      We had hot food served on an Iberia operated flight last month in Club…

      • ChrisC says:

        Hot food depends on the route.

        You aren’t getting hot food on an AMS and BER but you will on longer distance flights.

  • Mike Ward says:

    If you exclude the Finnair, Iberia (and Vueling and Aer Lingus?) operated services and all the cancellations what % of pre Covid services is BA actually flying? Must be pretty low…

    • Nick says:

      Not all flights on these routes are operated by wetleases. The total number of wetleased aircraft at any one time is actually fairly small – measured in the single digits (against a total BA fleet of 280ish).

  • Scott says:

    “Whoever ends up operating your flight, you will receive the standard British Airways onboard service.”

    Words that often fill me with dread along with “enhancement” 😉

  • Charlie says:

    You don’t get WiFi, at least on the Finnair replacement service. The aircraft has it, but it’s turned off.

  • Jenniekg says:

    Flew Verona to LGW last week with the Iberia Express substitute plane – horrendous. Absolutely no communication from crew to passengers for the whole flight. Those needing assistance were left without any information. Seats in Club were worse than on Ryanair, so even though the BA product at times leaves a lot to ask – this was a far inferior offering. If you have a choice opt out of this.

  • SammyJ says:

    I’ve got tickets for tonight, but not going to be able to make it (the change of date didn’t work for us, was hoping to be able to squeeze it in anyway but it’s not happening). What do I do with them to pass on to someone else?

    • Rob says:

      Wait until someone says they want them, then I will send you their email.

    • Entitled says:

      I am surprised these have lasted nearly 10 minutes. It is someone’s lucky day.

      • SammyJ says:

        And in the time it’s taken from me posting this while waiting to get off a plane at Gatwick, get through passports, luggage, collect car, and we’re now on the M25… still no takers!

    • will says:

      If they will split I would take 1.

  • Idrive says:

    Excited to come to the HfP 10th Birthday party!
    I have been onboard all along since the beginning almost though i am invisible at times lately! Wowo see you tonight for those who are coming!

  • Peter W-G says:

    If it’s still available, I’d love SammyJ’s other ticket please

    • SammyJ says:

      I’ll ask Rob to forward me your details

      • Rob says:

        I just allocated Sammy’s to someone else but there is someone else with a spare – I will send her your email.

        • Peter W-G says:

          Thanks SammyJ and Rob – I still can’t believe I’m going!

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