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A350 900 IberiaTOULOUSE: June 26, 2018. Iberia, a member of the IAG Group, has taken delivery of the first of 16 A350 XWB on order.

The aircraft is the first A350-900 to feature the latest performance improvement package including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum take-off weight capability, delivering unrivalled performance across Iberia’s network.

“We are delighted to receive our first A350, an aircraft that represents perfectly the efficiency and modernity of the new Iberia, as well as the power and energy that brought us here,” said Luis Gallego, president of Iberia. “If during these last years we transformed ourselves to survive, now we are transforming ourselves for excellence, a cycle change that this new aircraft represents so well.”

In order to reduce its carbon footprint, the delivery flight from Toulouse to Madrid was fuelled with a blend of sustainable jet fuel.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings - still built in Britain. Cargo capacity is 36 LD3s or 11 pallet positions. To date, Airbus has recorded 847 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 44 customers worldwide.