May 10, 2018
Iberia Airline’s first Airbus A350-900 rolled out of Airbus paint shop at Toulouse, France. The aircraft is painted in new colors and named ‘Placido Domingo’, honoring the renowned Spanish tenor. The aircraft is scheduled to be officially delivered in late June and scheduled for its first long-haul route between Madrid (Spain) and JFK (America).
The Iberia Airline is the first to receive, Airbus’s improved 280t version of the A350-900. The newer version has new higher winglets which allowed airbus to achieve a range of 8,200nm when flying with a 3-class cabin of 325 passengers.
The Iberia’s parent company, IAG, ordered 16 A350-900s for Iberia and 18 A350-1000s for British Airways.
Iberia plans to replace ageing A340-600 and probably some A330-300s with newer A350s. Airline will be getting its second A350-900 later in 2018, followed by another 14 until 2021.