The agent at the ticket counter said that I would have to pay if I wanted a window seat. Then she told me that there weren’t any window seats anyway. I was not shocked when I boarded the plane and found that there were plenty of seats available, including the window. How many people are flying from San Juan to Madrid on a Wednesday, and how many found an award booking for that day?
No Welcome Champagne
Unlike the usual bubbles before takeoff, I only received a glass of OJ.
The plane is configured in the 1*2*1 layout. I could’ve jumped over to the window seat, but I rather enjoyed having two seats to myself.
The Amenity Kit
I saw the familiar red amenity kit bag but never received one. Strange.
Vino tinto all day. They had three varietals. I had all three and preferred Rolland Galaretta Ribera 2015.
The starter was salmon and bulgur, an Arabic classic.
For the main course, I went with the veal and found that it complimented the wine nicely.
For dessert, I had caramel ice cream.
I began watching Sideways, and then I fell asleep. I woke up and despite my best efforts not to succumb, I used the “free” WiFi which turned into a $23 ill-advised purchase.
The Bright Lights
And now for my complaint. Since I was seated in the first row, I had to deal with the lights from the galley. Sometimes the flight attendants would close the curtain, sometimes they would not. That was annoying but not as bad as the bathroom green light that would flash on and off as it went from occupied to unoccupied. Usually, these things do not bother me. But once I noticed it, I became fixated on it.
Breakfast was not spectacular. Just the basics of coffee, fruits, and bread.
View of The Plane
I hate it when there’s no jetway. Being carted to the gate in a bus delays the adventure. On the other hand, I was able to take nice pics of the plane.
This is my second time flying Iberia business. It is a solid product. While the lights were a nuisance, I can’t complain too much about a direct flight in business from San Juan to Europe.