Iberia has showcased its brand-new A350-900 cabin, which it refers to as “Next” to highlight the numerous structural upgrades it offers over previous airframes of the same model.
One ton of weight can be saved by using lighter materials, one of the new characteristics that improve aerodynamic performance and reduce fuel consumption.
Additionally, they have greater retraction rates for the landing gear as well as improved flap settings that enhance performance in high-heat environments like several of Iberia’s airport destinations in Latin America.
This version of the A350’s cabin has thinner walls than previous models, which allows for an extra centimeter of space.
Iberia sources speaking at the cabin presentation event explained that they had considered going 10-abreast in the economy but had discarded the possibility, keeping the current 9-abreast configuration and offering this extra space to the passengers to improve their in-flight experience.
Another significant adjustment is that Iberia removed the overhead bins from the center of the business class cabin to create a more open feel.
31 Recaro CL6720 lie-flat business class seats, 28 Recaro premium economy seats, and 293 Recaro economy class chairs are included in Iberia’s new cabin.
Panasonic 4K screens are installed in each seat.
Following the debut of new crew uniforms and updated onboard dining options in June, the cabin makeover is a part of a larger effort to refresh the product and brand.
By 2024, Iberia hopes to have eight airplanes with this new cabin type. Four of the aircraft are now a part of the fleet, and two more will be added in 2023 and two more in 2024.
Iberia had intended to roll out the new cabins earlier this year, but complications with the business class seats’ supply chains led to a small delay.