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Iberia to Become World’s First Airbus A321XLR Operator

After summer 2024, Iberia will become the first airline worldwide to incorporate the Airbus A321XLR into their operating fleet.  The aircraft will allow transoceanic trips that consume around 30 percent less fuel than widebody aircraft.

Iberia Airbus A321XLR Rendering - Courtesy Iberia/Airbus

On Sunday (May 19, 2024), Iberia announced that following summer 2024 they will become the first airline worldwide to operate the new Airbus A321XLR (extra-long-range aircraft).  The long-range narrowbody jet will allow Iberia to operate transoceanic services while consuming approximately 30 percent less fuel than a widebody aircraft.  Guests traveling onboard Iberia’s new A321XLR can expect the same experience as on the carrier’s widebody Airbus A330 and A350 aircraft.  The 182-seat A321XLR features 14 Business Class seats that convert into beds, and offer aisle access, as well as 18-inch 4K IFE screens.  For winter 2024/25 the new aircraft will be deployed from Madrid to Boston and Washington (U.S.).

The aircraft’s 168 Economy Class seats feature the latest Recaro model, the CL3810, which offers a four-inch recline and headrests, as well as two extra pockets to store personal items.  Bluetooth connectivity is also available for personal headphones, along with USB A/C charging ports.   The tray tables also allow placement of personal electronic devices for more comfortable viewing.  Guests will also enjoy free Wi-Fi messaging throughout their flight.  Additionally, the A321XLR’s four bathrooms are equipped with antibacterial surfaces, touchless faucets, and a waste receptacle that can be opened with a pedal.  Iberia will take delivery of their first of seven A321XLRs on order from fall 2024.


Source: Iberia


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