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You might be in for a pleasant surprise if you’re booked to fly Iberia’s business class sometime soon.
The Spanish flag carrier has quietly brought its updated business class seat into service almost a full year ahead of schedule.
Here’s what we know about Iberia’s surprise reveal.
Iberia’s New Business Class Launches Early
The most important change Iberia planned to make to its business class seat was the addition of doors — a move that many airlines around the world are making to improve privacy in business class and stay competitive with their peers.
The first aircraft to feature the new seat is the recently-delivered Airbus A350-900 with registration EC-NXE. Iberia has a few Airbus A350-900s that are yet to be delivered — we can expect those to come to the airline with the new seats installed.
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The seat Iberia chose is the CL6720 model made by Recaro. It’s an updated version of the CL6710 seats that you’ll find on Azul’s Airbus A330-900neos, El Al’s Boeing 787-9s, and TAP Air Portgual’s Airbus A330-900neos.
Where Can You Find It?
The first aircraft with these new seats entered into service on December 10, 2022, on a flight between Madrid (MAD) and London Heathrow (LHR).
In the following days, it flew on shorter hops around Europe to cities like Dusseldorf (DUS) and Barcelona (BCN).
At the time of writing, the aircraft was making its way back to Madrid from Paris (CDG) before departing on its first long-haul journey to Boston (BOS).
As for the future schedule for the aircraft, we can expect it will be found operating predominantly long-haul flights to cities across the Americas including Bogotá (BOG), Buenos Aires (EZE), Lima (LIM), Mexico City (MEX), New York (JFK), Quito (UIO), and Santiago, Chile (SCL), just like the rest of the airline’s A350 fleet.
Iberia has surprised us by introducing its new business class product almost a year early!
Look out for it if you’re planning on flying business class on an Iberia Airbus A350 — you could be in for a treat.
Featured Image Credit: Daniel Ross
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