IAG has confirmed a firm order of eight of
Airbus’ eco-efficient A330 Family aircraft for Iberia’s fleet
following the preliminary Memorandum of Understanding signed
earlier this year.
General Electric (GE CF6-80E1) engines have been
selected to power the A330s.
Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said, “The
A330s will be more cost effective and fuel efficient than the
aircraft that they replace with improved environmental
performance. Another advantage is they can be easily assimilated
into Iberia’s existing long haul fleet, reducing the need for
additional crew training and maintenance costs.”
The A330-300 has a range of up to 5,600 nm /
10,400 km with a typical 300 passenger load.
The A330 Family, which spans 200 to 400 seats for the
passenger variants, also includes Freighter, VIP, and Military
Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted 1,140 orders.
IAG was created following the merger of Iberia
and British Airways in January 2011.
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