Monday, February 26, 2018

Sala Velasquez Lounge - Madrid

Sala Velasquez Lounge - Madrid

Iberia as Madrid is their home base operates several lounges, one of them in the Satellite Terminal where all non-Schengen flights operate. This lounge can be accessed by passengers flying in Business Class as well as OneWorld Sapphire and Emerald status passengers.

This lounge has recently been renovated and to be honest, they have one of the nicest business class lounges out there.
The decor pays homage to Iberia's color scheme with heavy usage of red. 

There is plenty of seating options from sofas to tables as well as sleeping pods which are great for those in transit or if you stay overnight. Showers are also available to freshen up before a flight.
The lounge is divided into several areas for food, alcoholic beverages, coffee/tea and also a dinning area which was closed at the time I visited the lounge.

Plenty of sandwiches and as a hot option omelets and bacon were available. Interestingly the sandwiches were still in a plastic container, I suppose for sanitary reasons.

Alcohol is located at the far end of the lounge and was hard to find at first.

Häagen-Dazs Ice cream was also available for snacking.

Overall the Iberia lounge provides an excellent value as a business class lounge with great views, good food and relaxing areas.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Aegean Airlines BCN-ATH Business Class

Aegean Airlines
Barcelona (BCN) to Athens (ATH)
Airbus 320 - Business Class
January 2018

Every year as an Aegean Star Gold member I receive several upgrade vouchers which I use on travel in eligible fare buckets. (Basically excluding the three lowest fare classes).

Barcelona to Athens is usually an easy upgrade and I settled into 1C , since I enjoy bulkhead seats and being first off the plane.

Aegean offers Business Class passengers a fast track that while not a significant benefit when traveling in January is almost a life saver in peak travel months.

The plane operates a euro-Business class seating plan, with just two rows with a blocked middle seat. Coach was packed to the gills and many individuals had to gate check their carry-on bags.

Christmas Decorations were still hanging in the plane even if it was mid-January.

Plenty of leg room in seat 1C

Here are the menus from the flight

In-flight service started off with some Greek (PICK) crackers and a choice of beverages.

Menus were also distributed and I went for the moussaka always a safe and good choice on a Greek carrier.

Chicken salad (a bit dry)

Wine Menu

Mousakka as my main course!

The classic Aegean dessert trio... 

Flight was relatively uneventful and I had a almost 4 hour layover in Athens to do some work and lounge hop a bit.

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