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Iberia’s first A350-900XWB named Placido Domingo. (Photo: Iberia)

Argentina is the First Destination for Iberia’s New Airbus A350 Next

Iberia has chosen Argentina as the first intercontinental market to debut the new A350 Next aircraft, which include its new cabin products, on the Madrid (MAD) – Buenos Aires (EZE) route. Gradually, these aircraft will be incorporated on the company’s other Latin American services.

On January 3, flight IB 6845 was operated by the A350-900 with registration EC-NXE and christened “Ciudad de Quito”, which took off with 352 passengers from Adolfo Suarez International Airport (MAD) at 12:53 local time and landed at Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) at 20:49, after 11 hours and 57 minutes.

As part of the celebration of the A350 Next’s entry into service, passengers were presented with a Panasonic state-of-the-art headset, an amenity kit designed for all classes, and a cocktail include in the onboard service.

Iberia continues to strengthen its presence in the Argentine market, where it has increased its operations to two daily flights. According to data obtained by Aviacionline through Aena Estadísticas, in the period January – November 2022, 691,007 passengers and 14,094 tons of cargo were mobilized between Madrid (MAD) and Buenos Aires (EZE) in 2,466 operations.

The company’s new A350s feature aerodynamic improvements, a one-ton reduction in aircraft weight for improved efficiency at Hot & High airports, as well as new flap positions and a faster retracting landing gear.

Cabin improvements and new products

The Airbus A350-900s have a new configuration for 352 passengers in three classes (31 Business Class/28 Premium Economy/293 Economy Class) and offer the company’s new cabin products. It also incorporates an innovative new-generation in-flight entertainment system that Iberia has developed with Panasonic, called IFE Next.

The cabin has a new lighting system with six lighting moods -wake up, meal, relax, sleep, boarding, take-off, and landing-. In the bathrooms the faucets are touch-free, and the linings are made of antibacterial materials.

This article was originally published by Rainer Nieves Dolande on Aviacionline in syndication with AirlineGeeks


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