December 13 2012  |  Inflight Entertainment

New A330’s and business class seating hoped to help ‘transform’ Iberia

By Maryann Simson

 

Troubled Spanish carrier Iberia will take delivery of eight new Airbus A330 aircraft starting in January, with features including remodelled economy and business class seats, says a report posted at BusinessTraveller.com.

The new fleet of A330s will serve long-haul routes between Europe and the Americas, and is part of Iberia’s Transformation Plan, which will see the carrier drop underperforming routes and increase frequencies to other destinations.

This week the carrier announced plans to drop routes to Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Santo Domingo and Havana, although it will increase frequencies and/or capacity on flights to destinations including Brazil, Mexico, Miami, Central America, Chile, Ecuador, London, Casablanca, Algiers, Dakar, Nouakchott and Malabo. These route cancellations followed an announcement from parent company IAG last month, which stated that Iberia was losing €1.7 million per day.

The new fully-flat business class seating will offer longer beds, a greater degree of privacy, more storage space, and a larger entertainment offer, says the carrier.  Redesigned economy seat will feature individual TV screens, and ports where passengers can plug in their own electronic devices.

The new seating will also be “gradually introduced” to Iberia’s existing fleet of Airbus A340-600 aircraft.

The Transformation Plan also calls for the redesign of Iberia’s website, new VIP lounges at Miami and Buenos Aires, and a new business class check-in area at Madrid’s T4, says the article.

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