Iberia’s first A350-900 is in the final assembly stage at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, with its wings now attached to the fuselage and the engine pylons and horizontal and vertical stabilisers being installed now, as the first electric system tests are also being carried out.
Iberia’s first A350-900 will undergo numerous tests on the ground before the full cockpit and passenger cabin are installed, the engines attached, and the entire aircraft painted. Next come flight tests before the aircraft it is delivered to Airbus Delivery Center.
Iberia, which flies only Airbus aircraft, has ordered 16 A350-900 that will operate long-haul routes. These wide-bodied, twin-engine aircraft consume 25% less fuel than their predecessors, and thus emit 25% less CO2.
Iberia’s long-haul passengers will notice that the new Airbus is the quietest airliner on the market. It also feature panoramic windows, wide aisles, and high ceilings, for a roomier sensation. Another innovation is the air-conditioning system which improves the level of humidity in the passenger cabin by 16.
Iberia is the leading carrier on routes between Europe and Latin America and it flies to 131 destinations in 48 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights each day with a fleet of some 135 aircraft. It offers easy and convenient connections at its hub in T4 in Madrid-Barajas airport.
In 2016 and 2017, Iberia was the world’s most punctual airline according to FlightGlobal Incorporating FlightStats, while it was awarded its 4th Skytrax star in 2017.
The airline is a member of the oneworld alliance that operates more than 14,000 daily flights to some 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es