Should be interesting to see if any more new routes are announced over the next 12 months. IAG's CFO did say last week that the fall in oil price has improved the economics of the A340 significantly. It's also not mentioned whether this means the delivery of A350s to Iberia will be delayed.
Iberia and Airbus have reached an agreement over the early delivery of the A330-200s the airline ordered last year, and which will now join the long-haul fleet 14 months earlier than initially planned, between December, 2015, and November, 2016.
The new aircraft will replace the A340-300s, and offer economic and environmental advantages as well as greater comfort and more services for passengers.
The new twin-engine, wide-bodied aircraft, with an autonomy of up to 13,400 km, consumes less fuel than the four-engine A340-300s they replace, and also generate less noise and air pollution.
The earlier delivery dates also speed the upgrading of Iberia’s entire long-haul fleet with the new cabins, fittings, and entertainment and communications systems, for an improved customer experience.
Iberia is currently renewing its long-haul fleet and also its long-haul cabins. In recent years the IAG parent has ordered 24 new long-haul aircraft for Iberia, the eight A330-300s delivered in 2013 and 2014; the eight A330-200s; and eight A350-900s to be delivered later.