Iberia will finally put the Airbus A350, its most modern aircraft, on some flights between Madrid and São Paulo (Guarulhos), but the upgrade for passengers will only be valid from March 31, 2024 and on a limited basis.
The Spanish carrier, part of the IAG Group, will expand flights to the largest Brazilian city from seven to ten weekly flights.
The A330-300 currently used will remain on flights IB 6824 and IB 6827 while the larger and more advanced A350-900 will be used on flights IB 6825 and IB 6826, which depart on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in both directions.
Iberia will also expand the Madrid-Rio de Janeiro route by one flight, connecting the two cities four times a week. For Rio, the carrier uses the A330-200, with 160 seats in three classes.
The partial debut of the A350 on Iberia’s routes to Brazil takes place with a huge delay in relation to other destinations in South America.
The airline already flies to cities like Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Bogota with the widebody, configured to carry 348 passengers.
Iberia currently has 19 A350-900s in addition to 16 A330-200s and nine A330-300s. Also a subsidiary of the IAG Group, British Airways already operates to São Paulo with the A350-1000, the largest variant of the family.