As evidence of the gradual recovery that Iberia is experiencing in all the markets in which it operates, the airline, which flies regularly between Spain and Brazil, has resumed the delivery schedule for aircraft affected by the pandemic.
Specifically, in the first half of 2022, Iberia will add nine aircraft to its fleet, with three A350-900s for long-haul routes and another six A320neos for short- and medium-haul routes.
“The arrival of new aircraft is a clear symptom of the recovery that we expect to boost this year, as well as it will allow us to deliver a very ambitious summer program, increase the efficiency of our operations and strengthen our commitment to sustainability. The additions to the fleet are the best news we can give our employees, who will be for them A much-needed dose of enthusiasm after these two years of the pandemic,” commented Javier Sánchez Prieto, President of Iberia.
11 new Airbus A350-900
Of the 20 Airbus A350-900 orders placed, 11 have yet to be delivered. The first, registered EC-NMZ and called “Hello, Madrid”, arrived last Wednesday, February 23, and two more units will be added in the first quarter of the year, when Iberia will already have 12 units in its fleet.
Eight more Airbus A350-900s will be added gradually until 2024, in addition, they will be equipped with a new configuration of business, premium and tourist cabins that will improve the travel experience of Iberia customers.
Six Airbus A320neo aircraft with a flying cabin
A total of six Airbus A320neo planes are also set to be added to the Iberia fleet over the course of this year, which will replace planes that the company has withdrawn during the pandemic to adjust to lower demand.
Specifically, the first two were merged in February, and the next four will be merged in the coming months. All new A320neos are equipped with an “Airspace” cabin, with more comfortable interiors for customers, larger luggage compartments for hand luggage, more space on board for passengers due to redesigned side panels, new ambient lighting in the cabin (“mood light”) and washes with a twist. definitive anti-bacterial; Among other improvements.
With the arrival of the six A320neos, Iberia will have 14 of this type. The other three units that have not yet arrived will be combined in 2023.
Eight more Airbus A321XLR aircraft
The first of the eight A321XLR units developed by IAG with Iberia in 2019 is scheduled to arrive in late 2023. This new aircraft model will allow the airline to operate new destinations across the Atlantic and increase frequencies in key markets.
The Group’s current fleet consists of 147 aircraft: 75 aircraft from Iberia, of the A350, A330 and A320 families; 19 of the Iberia Express, of the A320 family; and 53 others from Air Nostrum.
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