Madrid - The Spanish carrier Iberia has taken possession of the first of the sixteen Airbus A350-900 ordered, which will enter into service next month between Madrid and London.

The MSN219, first Airbus A350-900 of the Spanish national airline, baptized Placido Domingo and registered EC-MXV, flew to its base at Madrid-Barajas international airport a month after its maiden flight.

Iberia's A350-900 has been configured to accommodate 31 passengers in Business class, 24 in Premium and 293 in Economy (348 seats in total). Entry into service is scheduled in July to London for crew training, before deployment to New York-JFK on August 8. Buenos Aires will be the third destination in March 2019.

The first of sixteen copies ordered by the IAG group subsidiary is the first enhanced A350XWB - MTOW extended to 280 tonnes, new landing gear, lighter wings, longer winglets, and other aerodynamic improvements.

One more A350-900 will be delivered to Iberia this year, and then three in 2019, six in 2020 and the last five in 2021. They will join an all-Airbus fleet with more than 100 aircraft already, including Iberia Express.

Iberia becomes the 18th operator of the A350 family, which has so far registered 847 firm orders from 44 customers worldwide.

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