Iberia's first A350-900 appears out of the paint shop


Toulouse - The first Airbus A350-900 of the Iberia made its rollout yesterday in Toulouse on May 9. The delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for the end of June.

Christened Placido Domingo and registered EC-MXV, the first A350-900 of the Spanish national carrier appeared out of the painting shop in Toulouse on May 9, wearing its full livery.

Iberia has configured its very first A350-900 to accommodate 31 passengers in Business class, 24 in Premium and 293 in Economy, a total of 348 seats. It will be delivered on June 26, and enter service in July with crew training flights between Madrid and London-Heathrow, before flying to New York-JFK on August 8, the first of two daily flights.

The MSN129, the first of sixteen aircraft of the same type ordered by the Oneworld alliance company, will also be the first enhanced A350 with 280-ton MTOW, new landing gear, lighter wings, improved winglets and more.

Iberia will receive two A350-900s this year, three in 2019, six in 2020 and the last five in 2021.