Iberia has ordered 20 new Airbus A320neo aircraft for delivery in 2018 through 2021.
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Iberia (Madrid), despite other reports elsewhere, still has one Airbus A340-300 (EC-GUP) remaining in its active fleet.
As of today, the pictured Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) is being kept by Iberia as a back up aircraft. The airliner may still see it assigned to a revenue flight even through December. Iberia received this week its ninth Airbus A330-200 (EC-MNK) which is the planned replacement aircraft for the last A340-300.
EC-GUP was last operated on November 14, 2016 but remains ready for service at any time.
Iberia introduced the Airbus A340-300 in 1996 when A340-313 EC-154 was delivered on February 29, 1996.
Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403133.
Iberia will join Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair on October 18, 2016 in their joint business between Europe and Japan.
The joint business means that the four airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.
Last August Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Iberia in the joint business between British Airways, Japan Airlines and Finnair. The Spanish airline starts today with thrice-weekly non-stop flights Madrid-Tokyo-Madrid.
The joint business opens up all four airlines’ networks between Japan and Europe and allows the airline partners to cooperate on expanding their presence in this growing and important market. The agreement also strengthens the oneworld alliance and enables it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.
Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.
International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) has firmed up options for a further 15 Airbus A320neos. The new type will be operated by British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling Airlines.
Since its launch in 2010 the A320neo Family has won 60 percent of all new orders for single aisle aircraft with over 100 seats and has been selected by over 75 airlines worldwide.
Iberia has announced it will resume seasonal flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from the Madrid hub starting on May 15, 2016. The restored route will operate three days a week with the new 242-ton Airbus A330-202.
Iberia (Madrid) will introduce the new 288-seat Airbus A330-200 on January 1, 2016 on the Madrid – Panama City route with a one-off flight per Airline Route. The following day it will be introduced on the Madrid – Guatemala City route, followed by Montevideo and Santo Domingo.
Iberia has 11 Airbus A330-200s on order. The first copy is due in December.
International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) (London) has signed a firm order for 31 Airbus aircraft, which includes 11 wide-body aircraft (eight A350-900s, three A330-200s) and 20 A320neos.
The A350s and A330s are slated for Iberia’s fleet modernization and to open new long-haul routes, and the A320neos will be allocated to the group’s airlines for fleet replacement.
With this latest order for 31 aircraft IAG and its airlines have ordered a total of nearly 450 aircraft from Airbus. IAG’s airlines British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, between them operate nearly every aircraft in Airbus’ product range from the smallest single aisle A318 to the world’s largest wide-body A380.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A330-200s for Iberia will replace the aging Airbus A340-300s and compliment the pictured Airbus A330-300s. Iberia is due to take delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 in December 2015. Iberia’s Airbus A330-302 EC-MAA (msn 1515) approaches the runway at Miami International Airport.