Доброе утро from Moscow!

We’re in the S7 Lounge at Domodedovo, awaiting our connection to St. Petersburg.

The Iberia flight was very smooth and comfortable, although a bit short for a good rest – we could have used a few more hours of flight time! Never thought you’d read that on our blog, eh? Iberia operate a specially configured Airbus A319 on this route, with 14 Business Club seats and 108 Economy Class seats. Business Club is a dedicated product on flights from Madrid to Moscow, Cairo, Malabo, Lagos and Tel Aviv, and features fifty-inch seat pitch and a 2×2 configuration. Entertainment comprise personal DigEPlayers with a selection of programmes. Our flight offered a dinner service of a cheese plate with grapes, a salad with fresh crab, grapefruit, apple and cherry tomato, and for mains a choice of lamb roulade with vegetable noodles or a fried cuttlefish with wild rice, strawberry gateau or seasonal fruit for dessert. Given the late hour, we declined food in favour of sleep. We did note dinner was served about an hour into the four-hour flight.

Did you know that Iberia is Spain’s largest air transportation operator? It is also the leading operator of flights between Europe and Latin America, both in terms of number of flights as well as number of destinations served. Iberia merged with British Airways in January, 2011 and is under the umbrella of International Airlines Group (IAG). It has 159 aircraft flying on 120 routes (38 of which are domestic) in a mostly Airbus operated fleet (everything from the A320 family through to the A340-600). Madrid is the hub city, with Barcelona serving as a focus city. Iberia is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance.

Our passage through Russian formalities has been perfectly pleasant, quick and painless. We noted several flights arriving behind us, so perhaps timing was everything today. We tried to get on the earlier S7 Airlines flight to St. Petersburg, but it is full!

We made our way through fast-track security to the S7 Airlines Domestic Business Lounge and will soon be in the air again on our way to St. Petersburg. Just the one flight today.

A little. It about our carrier: S7 Airlines is one of Russia’s fastest growing airlines, even recently becoming the largest domestic Russian airline ahead of Aeroflot. Based in Novosibirsk with a hub in Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, it can trace its routes back to 1957 with flights from Moscow to Novosibirsk. The formerly named Siberian Airlines was only renamed S7 Airlines in 2005, after its two-letter IATA designator code. It joined the oneworld alliance in November 2010 following sponsorship from British Airways.

More from our next destination!


About rtow2012

Richard and Andrew, aka modern day Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, have accepted a charity challenge to raise at least £20,000 GBP for the Flying Start charity, a part of Comic Relief. Together, we will fly just over 30,000 miles on all of the oneworld airlines, circumnavigating the globe.

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