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Fly Iberia’s A350 with its new flat bed business class to Madrid this Summer

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Iberia takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 aircraft in June, a year ahead of its big brother British Airways.

Iberia already has a decent Business Class on its long-haul aircraft as I reviewed here.  It is a big step up on what British Airways offers in Club World.

There are no pictures yet of the interiors of the new aircraft.  They will be three class aircraft with Iberia’s new Premium Economy cabin of 24 seats installed.  Business Class will have 32 seats.

Iberia has promised that the new seat will be better than the existing version:

Wider – at 58cm vs 52.5cm

Larger TV – 18 inches vs 15.4 inches

Wider footrest and more storage

And flying soon to London …..

The new aircraft will debut on the Madrid to New York route in August.

However, from June, Iberia is planning to roster the aircraft onto the London to Madrid route for crew training.  This will allow you to book yourself into Business Class for the standard short haul rates and take a look at the new seat and service.

Iberia already runs a long-haul aircraft on one departure per day, usually early evening, with an A340.  This is how I got to write my review of the seat.   British Airways has also been running a daily service, early afternoon, with a Boeing 777 and occasionally a Boeing 787.

This is done purely for cargo reasons.  Finnair is running a new A350 between Helsinki and Heathrow on some services for the same reasons.  Because it is done for cargo, you can be confident that there will not be a last minute aircraft switch onto a short haul plane.

It isn’t yet clear if the new A350 will replace the A340 departure or if it will be slotted in somewhere else.  Once they appear in the timetable I will book myself on to take a look as I did with the Finnair A350, reviewed here.

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Comments

  1. Kathy H says:

    Travelled on the QR A350 XWB in J and was impressed with the space and general feeling of the cabin.

  2. I just took yesterday the BA 787 to MAD in CE (CW cabin) and was most enjoyable but shame no IFE ! I personally love the CW seat ! But cannot wait for the IB 350’s on the route. Please keep us posted as I will be having another day trip to MAD for that. Cheers

    • The 777 BA use for LHR to MAD is very long in the tooth in comparison. Tatty, old and a little bit unpleasant to fly in for CE/CW. The newer aircraft, like the 787, have a much nicer version of CW

  3. Same seat they already use isn’t it?

  4. Never been on an A350 but we’ll be sampling J on Cathay, Lufthansa and Singapore A350s this year. I’d be happy to add Iberia to that list!

  5. OT: Changing booking class on a BA-booked reward flight: if I booked a economy class ticket on avios, and a higher class opens up, what is the best way to change? Call them up & change, or cancel & rebook? Thanks!

    • You can do it all online, book the new seats first then cancel the old ones. I cancelled an avios booking last week, the avios and 2 4 1 went back into the account the same day, the cash element was credited within 3 days. Unless there are issues with your bookings that require calling CS, you may also get charged for doing it over the phone.

      • Presuming you have enough avios to have 2 separate bookings for a short time. If you need the avios back from the first booking, you risk the better seats being snapped up before you make the new booking.

  6. Planeflyer says:

    I flew the LHR-MAD route a few weeks ago on a 777-300ER….every last seat was sold, so I guess the aircraft is profitable both upstairs and downstairs on some rotations.

  7. Any news on which flight they are using for this yet? Is it the A340 flight number?

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