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Iberia Celebrates 60 Years of Service Between Madrid and Brussels With Special Chocolate and Violet Cookies

In celebration of their 60th anniversary of service between Madrid and Brussels on Thursday, April 25th, customers flying between the two European capitals were treated to a special cookie that combines Belgian chocolate with Madrid’s violet candies.


AVIACO, a Former Iberia Subsidiary, ATL-98 Carvair - Courtesy Iberia

On Friday (April 26, 2024), Iberia announced the celebration of their 60th anniversary of service between Madrid and Brussels.  The carrier’s first flight between the two European capitals took place on April 25, 1964, with a Carvair.  The route initially operated with three weekly frequencies with a capacity of 22 passengers.  Iberia currently operates the Madrid-Brussels route four times weekly with a 186-passenger Airbus A320neo, featuring Business and Economy Class cabins.  Tickets are available from €113 each way, based on a roundtrip purchase. 


On Thursday (April 25, 2024), guests traveling the route in both directions were treated to a chocolate and violet cookie, combining the most famous products of both Brussels and Madrid.  Customers guests on the flights were also greeted with a special message from the flight deck, which read,


Good afternoon, this is the commander.  I want to welcome you to this Iberia flight to Brussels.  All flights are special, they are full of stories, but this one is even more so, since today we celebrate 60 years flying between Brussels and Madrid.”


Iberia had two offices in Brussels at number 4 and number 35 Rue Cardinal Mercier – Courtesy Iberia


In  Friday’s announcement, Iberia’s Sales Director – Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Carmen Giraud, said,


“For Iberia it is a pride to be celebrating a date as significant as 60 years connecting Belgium and Spain and to see how to transport just over 100 passengers in a week, now we have started carrying around 1,500 a day, which can then connect from Madrid to the 142 destinations we fly to.”  


On Thursday (April 25, 2024), guests traveling between Madrid and Brussels were treated to a chocolate and violet cookie, combining the most famous products of both European capitals - Courtesy Iberia


Iberia’s inaugural April 25, 1964 flight between Madrid and Brussels was operated with an ATL-98 Carvair, A DC-4 based aircraft conversion designed to carry 22 passengers in the rear, as well as five cars or other oversized cargo up front.  The Carvair DC-4 conversion was developed by Sir Freddie Laker’s Aviation Traders Limited, and included a 2.8 meter lengthening and redesign of the forward fuselage.


 


Source: Iberia

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