Iberia has has taken delivery of its first of 16 Airbus A350 XWB on order – becoming the 18th airline to operate the widebody aircraft.
The A350-900 will join the IAG Group carrier’s all Airbus fleet comprising more than 100 aircraft.
In order to reduce its carbon footprint, the A350 delivery flight from Toulouse to Madrid is fuelled with a blend of sustainable jet fuel.
Iberia president, Luis Gallego said: “If during these last years we transformed ourselves to survive, now we are transforming ourselves for excellence, a cycle change that this new aircraft represents so well.”
Airbus chief executive officer, Tom Enders said: “Iberia was a founding member airline of IAG, a group that with this delivery successfully operates every member of our commercial aircraft family, from the A318 to the largest A380 and now the most modern A350. Congratulations to the teams of Iberia and IAG.”
To date, Airbus has recorded 847 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 44 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.