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Iberia – the Flag Carrier of Spain – Takes Delivery of its First A350 XWB

Iberia takes delivery of its first A350 XWB. The airline has 16 aircraft on order.

The aircraft offers 31 Business lie-flat bed seats, 24 Premium Economy and 293 Economy seats.

“We are delighted to receive our first A350, an aircraft that represents perfectly the efficiency and modernity of the new Iberia, as well as the power and energy that brought us here,” said Luis Gallego, President of Iberia. “If during these last years we transformed ourselves to survive, now we are transforming ourselves for excellence, a cycle change that this new aircraft represents so well.”

The aircraft offers the latest performance improvement package including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum takeoff weight capability making it operationally efficient.

“We are tremendously proud of Airbus’ long standing relationship with Iberia and to be delivering its first A350-900,” said Tom Enders, Airbus CEO. “Iberia was a founding member airline of IAG, a group that with this delivery successfully operates every member of our commercial aircraft family, from the A318 to the largest A380 and now the most modern A350. Congratulations to the teams of Iberia and IAG.”

by Elizabeth Atkinson