Spanish airline Iberia has become a new customer for the Airbus A330 family, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the acquisition of eight A330-300s.
Iberia’s MOU also includes planned options on eight more A330-300s, according to Wikipedia, which notes that Iberia plans to configure its aircraft with 36 business-class seats and 241 economy-class seats.
The A330-300 will be the only twin-engine, widebody type in Iberia’s fleet. Because of Airbus cockpit commonality it will fit seamlessly into the airline’s existing all-Airbus fleet, which includes 18 A340-300s and 18 A340-600s as well as 84 A320-family aircraft. Iberia will make its engine selection for its A330-300s at a later date, according to Airbus.
Iberia and British Airways merged in January 2011 and formed International Airlines Group (IAG), an Anglo-Spanish airline holding company. IAG is one of the largest airline companies in the world in terms of revenues.
“The A330 is an excellent aircraft, both in terms of comfort and operational performance, and it will be a welcome addition to Iberia’s fleet,” says Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive. “It also provides us with considerable cost benefits due to its lower fuel consumption and commonality with Iberia’s existing long haul aircraft.”
“We are very proud that IAG has selected the A330 family in its very first purchase,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ COO, customers.
The Airbus A330-300 has a range of up to 5,600 nautical miles (10,400 kilometers) with a typical 300-passenger load and is optimized for the medium–to long range market.
Spanning 200 to 400 seats for the passenger variants, the A330 family also includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants and has now attracted orders for more than 1,100 aircraft.