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Iberia unveils the new Lavish cabin interior for its A350

This new-generation aircraft, equipped with the latest technology and designed to fly with maximum efficiency, is built with the most sustainable materials on the market and in this new standard

  • Iberia is the first airline to take delivery of Airbus aircraft with this new standard, with a reduction in weight and low-speed operational improvements.
  • The new Iberia A350s incorporate a new Business class seat with doors to give greater privacy to each customer, the seat when in flatbed mode is five centimetres longer than the previous ones.
  • Premium Economy Class provides added privacy thanks to the improvement of the headrests in the seat.
  • And the seats in the new Economy cabin are one centimetre wider and incorporate new storage for personal items.
  • The new IFE NEXT in-flight entertainment system boasts the latest Panasonic technology, a more modern, interactive, and intuitive design, 4K resolution, larger screens in Premium Economy and Economy and Bluetooth pairing is available at every seat.
  • The A350 Next has six different lighting environments to adapt the light to each moment of the flight. The bathroom surfaces are made from antibacterial materials, with contactless taps to provide greater hygiene.

Iberia has once more been the first airline to receive an A350 that meets a new Airbus standard, specifically the 4, 2022 standard, which includes upgrades that boost operational effectiveness and passenger comfort with bigger cabins.

This new-generation aircraft, equipped with the latest technology and designed to fly with maximum efficiency, is built with the most sustainable materials on the market and in this new standard, the weight has also been reduced by one ton.

Specifically, the new Iberia A350 boasts new flap positions that allow the pilot to select the optimal configuration for each takeoff; and the retraction of the landing gear is faster, which allows the airplane to reach a configuration that presents less aerodynamic resistance faster.

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In addition to this, the weight of the empty aircraft in the factory has been reduced through structural improvements and lighter equipment, which increases its efficiency and also contributes significantly to improving its performance at the  most demanding airports from an operational point of view, known colloquially as hot & high.

The incorporation of this new generation A350 aircraft means a new product and optimised travel experience for the passengers with a wider cabin, greater comfort and better features in all cabins -Economy, Economy Premium and Business.

Business Class

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A new door provides a more private and exclusive personal space for each customer. All seats in this cabin have direct access to the aisle and in the central ones -known as honeymoon seats- there is an automatic divider. The seat, which has articulated leather headrests and more storage for personal items, converts to a fully flat bed, which is 5 cm longer than the current seat. The number of each seat is projected on the aisle floor, to make them easier to find in the dark.

Premium Economy

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This class also now offers more privacy, thanks the addition of ‘wings’ to the headrest, which folds and adjusts on both sides for greater customer comfort, as a novelty, the seat includes a remote control for in-flight entertainment with a touchable navigation panel.

Economy Class

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The cabin of the new Airbus A350 is wider at armrest level, which Iberia has taken advantage of (maintaining the number of seats per row) to increase the width per seat by one centimetre and improve the comfort for it’s customers. In addition, the headrests are articulated, folding, and adjustable on both sides, as in the Premium Economy cabin. Below the in-flight entertainment screen, the seats incorporate a stand to hold and charge personal electronic devices.

IFE Next on Bigger Screens

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The other qualitative leap of these planes comes from a new generation in-flight entertainment system that Iberia developed in collaboration with Panasonic, known as IFE Next.

It incorporates a more modern, interactive, and intuitive design. Its platform uses the most advanced technological system in the industry, and the screens offer 4K resolution that protects users’ eyes and incorporate night lighting to avoid disturbing nearby customers.

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Cosier Atmosphere

This new generation of A350 has six different lighting environments -wake up, meal, relax, sleep, boarding, take-off and landing-, which provide the appropriate ambient lighting for each moment of the trip in all cabins.

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The bathrooms feature contactless taps and surfaces made with antibacterial materials that improve hygiene.

Take a virtual visit of the cabin here: https://iberia.3dseatmapvr.com/examples/a350next.html

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IndiGo beats Southwest Airlines to Become world’s largest airline by market cap

Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

India’s aviation giant, IndiGo, has soared to new heights, surpassing the renowned US-based Southwest Airlines to claim the title of the world’s third most valuable airline, as per Bloomberg data released on Wednesday.

The surge in IndiGo’s market capitalization, fueled by a remarkable 4.73% jump in its share price to Rs 3,806, catapulted its market value to $17.605 billion, edging past Southwest’s $17.333 billion market cap.

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IndiGo’s strategic plans for expansion further solidify its position in the global aviation landscape. With intentions to add 10 new destinations to its network in the fiscal year 2025, the airline anticipates a substantial increase in capacity and passenger growth, aiming for a gross addition of over one aircraft per week during the same period.

Such ambitious endeavors, coupled with a burgeoning demand for travel attributed to tourism and a stable oil price environment, have contributed to the surge in IndiGo’s stock prices. Analysts at InterGlobe Securities attribute indigo partners airlines upward trajectory to several factors, including the operational challenges faced by competitor Vistara and the burgeoning appetite for travel among Indian households.

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The rise in income has elevated air travel to a lifestyle staple, with leisure holidays becoming increasingly prevalent. indigo partners As the holiday season approaches, airports across the nation are bracing for heightened activity, promising sustained momentum for IndiGo in the months ahead.

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Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India’s much-anticipated cabin crew uniforms, designed by renowned fashion icon Manish Malhotra and unveiled with ceremony last December, have encountered a setback.

The airline’s cabin crew, who initially donned the stylish attire on the carrier’s A350 aircraft, have voiced grievances regarding the quality of the fabric. Reports suggest that concerns have arisen over issues such as fast-fading colors, casting a shadow over the otherwise celebrated launch of the new uniforms.

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Despite the initial excitement surrounding their debut, the practicality and durability of the fabric have come under scrutiny. In response to the feedback received from its cabin crew members, Air India is poised to address the fabric-related issues promptly. Sources indicate that the airline is gearing up to commence production for all cabin crew uniforms, ensuring that the concerns raised are duly taken into account.

An Air India spokesperson in a statement to PTI, confirming the forthcoming measures, stated that the production program for over 8,000 cabin crew members will kick off within a week’s time. The spokesperson reassured that steps are being taken to rectify the fabric issues and ensure that the new uniforms meet the expected standards of quality and durability.

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The new uniform will subsequently be distributed to the crew, aligned with the transition of Air India’s flagship A350 to long-haul international service in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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