|For Immediate Release||19 May 2017|
Cathay Pacific today announced a new codeshare agreement with oneworld partner Iberia, which will see its customers benefit from extensive new connections to destinations in the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
The codeshare agreement signed by the two leading oneworld carriers will see Cathay Pacific place its "CX" code on selected services operated by Iberia between Madrid and five popular destinations in Spain: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Palma and Valencia. The "CX" code will also be placed on Iberia's scheduled flights between Madrid and Lisbon, Portugal's capital and largest city.
Cathay Pacific currently operates four weekly flights between Hong Kong and Madrid with its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline will launch a new seasonal summer service to Barcelona with the Airbus A350-900 aircraft from July.
Cathay Pacific customers travelling on Iberia codeshare flights from Madrid will enjoy the convenience of checked-through baggage service to their final destination, in addition to being eligible to earn Asia Miles on their trip.
Tickets will be available for sale from 24 May 2017 at both www.cathaypacific.com and www.iberia.com for flights departing from 7 June 2017.
Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer-designate Paul Loo said: "As one of the founding members of the oneworld alliance, we are delighted to work with our oneworld partner, Iberia, to offer our customers with more travel options to and within Spain and Portugal. This new cooperation enables us to strengthen our connectivity in our expanding Europe network as well as grow the oneworld alliance."
Neil Chernoff, Iberia Network and Alliances Director, said: "We are pleased to enhance the cooperation with our oneworld partner Cathay Pacific and provide additional connectivity with their new flight to Madrid. The codeshare cooperation will provide customers in Spain and Portugal a convenient one-stop option for travelling to Hong Kong. It will also open up additional destinations on the Iberian Peninsula for Cathay's customers traveling from Asia, promoting both business and tourism opportunities in Spain. Cathay's customers will enjoy our onboard product and services and the seamless transfer experience we have developed in our Hub at Madrid Barajas Terminal 4."
About Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to some 200 destinations worldwide, using an ultra-modern fleet of more than 140 wide-body aircraft, including the technologically-advanced Airbus A350. Cathay Pacific believes in providing its customers with award-winning products and services at every stage of their journey, in line with its philosophy of a "Life Well Travelled". For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.com.
Iberia is the main Spanish airline group, and the leading carrier on routes between Europe and Latin America. It flies to 123 destinations in 48 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights each day with a fleet of some 135 aircraft. It offers easy and convenient connections at its hub in T4 in Madrid-Barajas airport. Iberia was the world's most punctual airline in 2016, according to Flightstats. The airline is a member of the oneworld alliance that operates more than 14,000 daily flights to some 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es
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