New Airbus A-340/600 joins Iberia fleet
Thursday 5, August 2010
Iberia has taken delivery of a new Airbus A-340/600, its 17th. It is also the seventh aircraft to join the Iberia fleet in 2010 (five A-340/600s and two A-319s), after a year with no new aircraft because of the bad situation of the airline industry.
Iberia has christened its latest aircraft "Ciudad de México" to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Iberia's flights to Mexico. The four earlier A-340/600s delivered this year were named Miguel Servet, Isaac Albéniz, Miguel Hernández, and Rio Amazonas. The two new Airbus A-319s are called Flamenco ("Flamingo") and Visón Europeo ("European Mink"), for two endangered Spanish wildlife species.
The new Ciudad de México, registered as EC-LFS, and to be operated on long-haul routes to Latin America, the United States, and South Africa, is equipped with the new Business Plus seating class, in which one row of seats has been removed to give each passenger an extra 30 cm. of space, for a total of 2.2 metres, allowing the seats to be unfolded into totally horizontal beds.
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This new aircraft expands the Iberia fleet to a total of 113 aircraft, or 180 counting those of its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum. The company now operates 35 Airbus A-340s, 18 A-340/300s, and 17 A-340/600s on its long-haul routes.
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