Iberia, Spain’s flag carrier and a founding member of the IAG’s group of airlines, has taken delivery of its first of 16 Airbus A350 XWB on order, becoming the 18th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin-engine widebody.
The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WZNP (msn 219), named “Placido Domingo”, was handed over as EC-MXV on June 26, 2018 and immediately ferried to the Madrid base.
Above Photo: Airbus and Iberia.
The aircraft is the first Airbus A350-900 to feature the latest performance improvement package including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum takeoff weight capability, delivering unrivalled performance across Iberia’s network. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 348 seats, including 31 full lie-flat bed Business, 24 Premium Economy and 293 Economy seats.
The A350-900 will join Iberia’s all-Airbus fleet comprising more than 100 aircraft (including Iberia Express), allowing them to leverage the full benefit of Airbus’ unique aircraft family commonality.
In order to reduce its carbon footprint, the A350 XWB delivery flight from Toulouse to Madrid was fuelled with a blend of sustainable jet fuel.
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. As the founding member of “Airspace by Airbus” cabin brand, the A350 XWB cabin provides passengers and crews the best in comfort, well-being and technology.
To date, Airbus has recorded 847 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 44 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.