Iberia is set to take ownership of its first A350, one of 16 ordered by the Spanish airline. This is great news for Iberian flyers, particularly those travelling long haul to New York with the aircraft identifying Madrid – New York as the first long haul route to get the plane.
Currently Iberia operates a fleet of A330s and A340s for long haul flights. The A350 will be rolled out to replace some of the A340s that are set for retirement.
The airline has released the schedule for the plane and for those commuting within Europe, you will be some of the lucky few to enjoy the aircraft before it makes treks to the States.
Iberia plans to initially operate the A350 between Madrid and London Heathrow (route IB3166) from 20 July to August 31, 2018 (except the dates between August 4 – 16). It is important to note that whilst this route shows the A350 currently it is subject to change.
The A350 will then appear on the following New York routes:
- IB6251/6250 to New York – 8 August 2018
- IB6253/6252 to New York – 1 September 2018
Whilst some in the aviation sector have noted the new cabin layout isn’t revolutionary, the cabin refresh for their new A350 delivery is definitely noticeable, with comfort vastly improved for those making the transatlantic journey. Business class will see the 31 seats feature a longer and wider bed whilst enhancements have been promised by the airline to its 24 premium economy and 293 economy seats.
Is anyone else as keen as me to fly Iberia’s new A350? Keen to hear your thoughts.