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Iberia Business Elite Plus Rollout  
User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 715 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

It seems like, from flatseats.com, and from there website, Iberia actually has a pretty nice seat for their new business class product. Obviously, there are other flaws that outset the seat, but out of curiosity, does anyone know about the rollout schedule and whether it is serving Chicago yet?

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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

The seats have been officially out since May 2005.

The A340-600 fleet is installed with the new Business product and at least four A340-300s are installed with the new product. Apparently two A340-300s will go in every month to be upgraded.
The only A340-300 I know that has the new product in it is EC-IIH but there are indeed more.

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So by Summer 2006 ORD should be guarentted for getting the new Business product.

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User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5095 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

The new seats are very impressive!!!

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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1835 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

The seats were first seen almost 2 years ago during FITUR (Madrid's Tourism Fair) in early 2004 and I still keep the brochures that I got there.

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 1):
The seats have been officially out since May 2005.

Nope. That's when the new Business Plus service was oficially put into service, but the seats have been out since the arrival of EC-IZX in October 6th, 2004.

The 10 A340-600s currently in service have those new seats, and about 6 A340-300s should have them installed at the moment.

Quoting Daron4000 (Thread starter):
does anyone know about the rollout schedule and whether it is serving Chicago yet?

The retrofitting of the A340-300s is expected to be finished in April or May 2006.

IIRC, another a.net member who is an Iberia employee said something about ORD being one of the main destinations for the new Business Plus equipped aircraft so it should be already more common to see the new seats instead of the old ones on the MAD-ORD-MAD flights.

[Edited 2005-11-20 23:33:15]

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