Iberia Takes Delivery of Its First A350-900, Will Begin Flights to NYC in August
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The day has come for Iberia to take delivery of its first-ever Airbus A350-900.
Iberia received its first A350-900 at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France on Tuesday. The aircraft, with registration EC-MXV, is named “Plácido Domingo,” after the famed Spanish tenor.
Iberia ordered 16 A350s in 2014 and 2015, which it will take delivery of beginning Tuesday and through 2021. The aircraft features two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Each of the 16 A350-900s that Iberia will take delivery of will have a range of 14,800 kilometers and will feature a total of 348 seats across three cabins. All of the seats will offer in-seat entertainment screens, power outlets and Wi-Fi.
The three-cabin configuration breaks down as 31 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats and 293 economy seats. More specifically, the business-class cabin features seats in a 1-2-1 configuration — each passenger gets direct aisle access. Premium economy features seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, and economy is arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The first commercial flights for EX-MXV will commence on July 20, 2018, with service from Madrid (MAD) to London (LHR) and Paris (CDG). Once crew are familiarized with the aircraft, it will begin operations on its long-haul route between MAD and New York (JFK), beginning August 4. As of this writing, the A359 is showing as operating IB6255 on August 4 from MAD to JFK — priced at $2,449 one-way in economy.
Saver level economy redemptions aren’t available on the inaugural flight to New York (JFK), however, there is Avios award availability in business class on the flight — it’ll cost you 50,000 Iberia Avios + $123 for the one-way flight. On the JFK-MAD leg, there appears to be plenty of award availability in economy at the standard level for 28,000 Avios + $75 one-way. To search, go to Iberia’s site and log in to your Iberia Plus account. Then, search for award flights and scroll through the calendar for available dates.
Alternatively, you could book these flights through Iberia’s Oneworld partner American Airlines. With AA, you can book business class on Iberia’s A359 between MAD and JFK for 57,500 AAdvantage miles + $123.
Currently, Iberia flies a combination of A330s and A340s on its flights to JFK. So, the addition of the A350 to its fleet represents a change for the better as far as passenger comfort and fuel efficiency. Check out these TPG reviews of Iberia products: business class on the A340, premium economy on the A340, business on the A330 and economy on the A330.
Featured image courtesy of Iberia.
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