This will be an exciting year for Spanish national carrier Iberia as it introduces two new aircraft type to its fleet.
By June the first A350-900 will join the airline, followed by a second example shortly after. These will be used on the airline’s long-haul network, gradually replacing older A340-600 aircraft as more are delivered.
The first international route to be flown by Iberia’s A350 will be New York JFK, starting in August 2018.
However, like with many airlines, Iberia will initially operate its A350s on regional routes to train pilots and cabin crews on its operation. The first route is expected to be Madrid to London Heathrow shortly after the type is delivered.
Iberia boasts of its A350s which will feature high-speed Wi-Fi, and more sensitive HD touch display screens for easier use of the in-flight entertainment system.
The Airbus A350/900’s Business Class seats are wider: 58 cm instead of 52.5cm, and display screens are 18”. Footrests are also wider. with side protectors, and there is more space for storing belongings.
Iberia will also receive its first two Airbus A320neo aircraft this year, revitalising its short- and medium-haul fleet with 17 on order (plus two A321neo).
These aircraft feature improved engines and more space for passengers on board.
Keep an eye on our Airbus A350 Routes Page for more information on Iberia’s A350 destinations as they are announced.