Spanish airline Iberia has announced that it will acquire 20 new Airbus A320neo planes in order to modernize its short- and medium-haul fleet. Announced by the company’s Chairman and CEO Luis Gallego, the planes are expected to begin arriving between 2018 through 2021.
This acquisition is a continuation of Iberia’s modernization plan. Beginning in 2013, the airline has planned for 39 new long-haul crafts to join its feel through 2021, including 16 new-generation Airbus A350-900s. The first are scheduled to be delivered next year.
The new A320neo represent a major advance in fuel economy, reducing emissions, as well as creating less noise, Iberia said. The larger A350-900s combine added passenger comfort with maximum operational efficiency.
Gallego also announced that the updated Madrid-Barcelona walk-on air shuttle service, known as the Puente Aéreo (“air bridge”), will be launched on July 19. The service will add more amenities for customers. Other than the open tickets on the route, customers will also be able to book a flight, change or cancel their reservations for the shuttle, or cancel them without restriction.
Tickets can be reserved and purchased on Iberia’s website or the airline’s mobile app. This allows passengers to head directly to the boarding gates. Air shuttle passengers can continue to use dedicated locations in both Madrid and Barcelona airports, where they are able to check in up to 15 minutes before departure.
The announcements were made at an event hosted by the CEOE business organisation federation and the CEPYME, which represents the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The event was held on Iberia’s 90th anniversary.