BARCELONA | SPAIN | August 1 – IAG (International Airlines Group), The company in charged of both British Airways and Iberia Airlines of Spain has officially converted 8 Airbus A350-900XWB options it had into orders. The airline group has also order 8 Airbus A330-200 aircraft’s all 16 aircraft are going to Iberia Airlines of Spain to replace Iberia currently long haul feet of Airbus A340-600, and to be delivered from 2015-2020. IAG fleet of Airbus A350XWB are to be powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB Engine; while IAG has get to confirm the A330 engine choice; Iberia current fleet of A330 are being powered by General Electric Engines. .
“We are very proud that IAG has chosen the A350-900 aircraft for Iberia. We welcome a new operator of the most efficient mid-size long-haul aircraft in the market,”
said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
“The A350XWB is the aircraft of choice in its category and set to become a reference among passengers for its unrivaled cabin comfort and quietness.”
IAG is the world seventh busiest airlines, and third among European airlines. The airline group is responsible for British Airways, The flag carrier and national airlines of United Kingdom, along with Iberia, the national and flag carrier airlines of Spain, Vueling Airlines A.G the low cost operator for IAG and IAG Cargo Airlines; operating cargo airlines such as British Airways World Cargo and IAG currently has 452 aircraft spread among the airlines with more than 60 options for new aircraft.
Iberia Airlines operates 73 aircraft an all Airbus fleet of aircraft. With today order for A350XWB and A330 aircraft Iberia, has 25 aircraft on order and 45 options including 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which would be Iberia only Boeing aircraft. Both British Airways and Iberia are a member of OneWorld, The world third largest world airline alliance. Vueling is not a member of any alliance.