July 20, 2024

Iberia will be the first airline in the world to incorporate the new Airbus A321XLR into its fleet

With this aircraft, Iberia will strengthen its long-haul network in an innovative way, as it will be able to make transoceanic trips with a single-aisle aircraft, and also sustainable, as it consumes around 30% less than wide body models

Iberia will be the shuttle airline for the new Airbus aircraft, as it will receive the first A321XLR on the market after the summer.

This aircraft will strengthen Iberia’s long-haul fleet, and will do so in a more sustainable and innovative way by offering the possibility of operating the airline’s transoceanic routes also with a narrow body aircraft, that is, with a single aisle.

This will reinforce the airline’s destination network with a special focus on America, because in addition to having more units with the range to make transoceanic trips, the A321XLR will allow for more efficient use of the fleet in accordance with the demand of each of the airlines. markets. In fact, the first long-haul destinations* to which this new model will travel will likely be Washington and, starting in December, Boston.

A premium experience, in a single aisle
One of the great innovations that the A321XLR will introduce is that it will be able to make long-haul flights with a single-aisle aircraft, and all this offering a premium service at the same level as that enjoyed in wide body models such as the A330 or A350 of the Iberia fleet.

This model will have 182 seats in Business and Economy cabin configuration, and will include various improvements that offer greater comfort to customers, including more spacious trunks, with a storage capacity of up to 60% more carry-on suitcases. , six different cabin lighting modes or a modern panel at the entrance of the plane, among others.

In the case of the Business cabin, the A321XLR will have 14 individual seats with windows and direct access to the aisle. In addition, the seats will offer maximum comfort, with a ‘full flat’ seat that converts into a bed, a wide leather headrest, compartments for personal items and a structure that offers great comfort and privacy.

All Business seats have an 18-inch individual screen with 4K quality, sharper images and better tones in dark mode. All this, accompanied by the best entertainment on board.

For more comfort, each seat will have its own lighting system, which can be regulated independently to adjust the light to the desired environment, while each seat will have its number backlit during night mode, to find its location more easily. ease.

Likewise, the Airbus A321XLR will have 168 seats in the Economy cabin with the latest Recaro model installed, the CL3810, which is the evolution of the seats on current long-haul aircraft, with a four-inch recline and headrests. of skin. The seats will have two additional pockets to store personal items.

All cabins of the new A321XLR will offer customers the possibility of bringing their own headphones and connecting them via Bluetooth; In addition, they include improved USB type A and C charging ports. The seat tables
allow customers to place their own electronic devices so they can use them more comfortably.

Likewise, like the rest of the long-haul fleet, the A321XLR will have connectivity so that customers can connect to the free WiFi service for messaging throughout the flight.

Finally, the plane has four bathrooms with antibacterial surfaces, faucets with motion sensors and a trash can that can be opened with a pedal.

Sustainability at the center
In line with Iberia’s commitment to reducing emissions in its operations, this aircraft will operate long-haul flights in a more sustainable way, as it consumes around 30% less than wide-body models.

A reinforcement for the long-haul network
The incorporation of this first A321XLR is scheduled for after the summer, and the arrival of the seven additional aircraft of this model that Iberia will receive in the following months, will serve as reinforcement to continue increasing the network of destinations Iberia’s long-haul flights, as well as to increase capacity in the cities to which the airline currently flies.

Source : Iberia


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