Operational improvements and greater comfort, privacy and spaciousness in the new Iberia A350 aircraft

  • Iberia is the first airline to take delivery of Airbus aircraft with this new standard, with a reduction in weight and low-speed operational improvements
  • The new Iberia A350s incorporate a new Business class seat with doors to give greater privacy to each customer, the seat when in flatbed mode is five centimetres longer than the previous ones
  • Premium Economy Class provides added privacy thanks to the improvement of the headrests in the seat
  • And the seats in the new Economy cabin are one centimetre wider and incorporate new storage for personal items
  • The new IFE NEXT in-flight entertainment system boasts the latest Panasonic technology, a more modern, interactive, and intuitive design, 4K resolution, larger screens in Premium Economy and Economy and Bluetooth pairing is available at every seat
  • The A350 Next has six different lighting environments to adapt the light to each moment of the flight. The bathroom surfaces are made from antibacterial materials, with contactless taps to provide greater hygiene

Iberia has once again been the first airline to take delivery of A350 aircraft with a new Airbus standard -specifically the 4, 2022 standard-, which incorporates improvements that increase its operational efficiency and customer comfort, with wider cabins.

This new-generation aircraft, equipped with the latest technology and designed to fly with maximum efficiency, is built with the most sustainable materials on the market and in this new standard, the weight has also been reduced by one ton.

Lighter A350s with Improved Operational Performance

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The first A350 to join the Iberia fleet in 2018 was also the first of a new production standard, and now the airline is once again debuting an A350 that includes low-speed improvements.

Specifically, the new Iberia A350 boasts new flap positions that allow the pilot to select the optimal configuration for each takeoff; and the retraction of the landing gear is faster, which allows the airplane to reach a configuration that presents less aerodynamic resistance faster.

In addition to this, the weight of the empty aircraft in the factory has been reduced through structural improvements and lighter equipment, which increases its efficiency and also contributes significantly to improving its performance at the most demanding airports from an operational point of view,  known colloquially as hot & high.

Quantitative Leap in Customer Service

The incorporation of this new generation A350 aircraft means a new product and optimised travel experience for the passengers with a wider cabin, greater comfort and better features in all cabins -Economy, Economy Premium and Business-.

Among the most outstanding innovations, the new aircraft increases comfort in all cabins with greater privacy and spaciousness and new lighting environments. In addition, it offers state-of-the-art in-flight connectivity and entertainment for customers to enjoy their flight experience to the fullest.

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A new door provides a more private and exclusive personal space for each customer. All seats in this cabin have direct access to the aisle and in the central ones -known as honeymoon seats- there is an automatic divider. The seat, which has articulated leather headrests and more storage for personal items, converts to a fully flat bed, which is 5 cm longer than the current seat. The number of each seat is projected on the aisle floor, to make them easier to find in the dark.

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Premium Economy

This class also now offers more privacy, thanks the addition of ‘wings’ to the headrest, which folds and adjusts on both sides for greater customer comfort, as a novelty, the seat includes a remote control for in-flight entertainment with a touchable navigation panel.

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Economy Class

The cabin of the new Airbus A350 is wider at armrest level, which Iberia has taken advantage of (maintaining the number of seats per row) to increase the width per seat by one centimetre and improve the comfort for it’s customers. In addition, the headrests are articulated, folding, and adjustable on both sides, as in the Premium Economy cabin. Below the in-flight entertainment screen, the seats incorporate a stand to hold and charge personal electronic devices.

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IFE Next on Bigger Screens

The other qualitative leap of these planes comes from a new generation in-flight entertainment system that Iberia developed in collaboration with Panasonic, known as IFE Next.

It incorporates a more modern, interactive, and intuitive design. Its platform uses the most advanced technological system in the industry, and the screens offer 4K resolution that protects users’ eyes and incorporate night lighting to avoid disturbing nearby customers.

In addition, the new A350s boast larger screens in both Premium Economy (12 to 13 inches) and Economy (10 to 12 inches).

One of the main novelties of the new entertainment system is that it allows connection via bluetooth with personal headphones in all the seats and cabins, which also translates into greater freedom of movement and comfort for customers.

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Cosier Atmosphere

This new generation of A350 has six different lighting environments -wake up, meal, relax, sleep, boarding, take-off and landing-, which provide the appropriate ambient lighting for each moment of the trip in all cabins.

The bathrooms feature contactless taps and surfaces made with antibacterial materials that improve hygiene.

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Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A350-941 EC-MXV (msn 219) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 945744.

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