Iberia increases A340-600 order

Spanish carrier, Iberia has signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of 12 A340-600s. The order represents five firm orders and seven options. Financial details were not disclosed.

The A340-600s, which are scheduled for delivery between 2004 and 2006, will replace the carrier’s ageing 747 fleet on Iberia’s long-haul routes from Madrid to South America.

In Iberia’s layout, the A340-600 will accommodate ten passengers in First class, 42 in Business and 300 in Economy. Powered by four Rolls Royce Trent 500 engines, the aircraft will also be equipped with the latest in passenger entertainment and communication systems.

‘Our selection of the A340-600 follows a thorough evaluation and is mainly driven by the high level of flexibility and commonality with our A340-300 and single-aisle A320 Family fleets’, said Xabier de Irala, President of Iberia. ‘This additional order is also a clear indication of our confidence in the future and the continuous growth of passenger and cargo air traffic in spite of current global economic difficulties.’

Iberia has ordered a total of 109 aircraft from Airbus including 30 A340s and 75 A320 Family aircraft. Currently, Iberia operates a fleet of 18 A340s, four A319s, 58 A320s and seven A321s.