Tomorrow, Iberia’s first A350-900 will operate its first long-haul flight and the destination will be New York’s John Fitzgerald Kennedy airport. The Spanish carrier has scheduled two additional flights, one on August 4 and another one on August 5 from Madrid to New York, flying back on August 5 and 6 to the Spanish capital with the new aircraft, which was delivered on June 26 and have flown until now to London and Paris.
From August 8, one of Iberia’s two daily flights to and from New York will be offered with this new aircraft.
More Room and Comfort for Passengers
This A350-900 is a twin engine new-generation aircraft, named ‘Plácido Domingo’ after the famous Spanish tenor, has a range of 14,800 km. and burns about 25% less fuel than similar aircraft. In addition, the A350-900 is now the quietest aircraft on the market, further enhancing Iberia passengers' flying experience.
Of the total of 348 seats on the Iberia's A350-900, 31 are in the Business Class, 24 are in the Premium Economy cabin, and 293 are in the Economy seating section.
All seats have individual entertainment screens, power points for electronic devices, and access to on-board KU Wi-Fi by Panasonic.
In Business Class, aisles are extra wide, display screens are 18", seats are larger with more leg room, and there are additional spaces for storing personal items, as well as an adjustable reading lamp.
The distribution of spaces in the aircraft, including gallery, gives more room to passengers and larger spaces for storing hand luggage in all three seating sections.
A draft-free ventilation system with ozone filters renews all the air inside the cabin every 2-3 minutes, and assures a higher humidity level. The aircraft has seven independent temperature control zones which may be regulated differently. The windows which correspond to each row of seats are panoramic, and LED lights are used for all interior illumination.
This new the A350-900 is part of Iberia's fleet replacement and expansion programme which began in 2011. Since then, a total of 56 new aircraft have been ordered for the Spanish airline: eight A330-300s and 12 A330-200s have already entered service, and are to be joined by 16 A350-900s, and 20 A320Neos. Iberia has also renovated its 17 A340-600s, installing all-new cabin interiors, individual entertainment systems, and Wi-Fi connections.
Iberia started flying to New York in August on August 3, 1954. It currently flies twice a day from New York and Miami to Madrid, as well as once a day from Boston, Chicago and L.A. and three times a week from San Francisco and San Juan de Puerto Rico to the Spanish capital. Altogether, Iberia will offer 1.45 million seats in the US market in 2018.