Tue, Dec 05, 2006
Debating A350XWB, Dreamliner
Spain's Iberia Airlines confirmed Monday it is considering
breaking its long-time relationship with Airbus, and may instead
opt for planes from Boeing when it comes time to upgrade the
carrier's long-haul fleet.
Iberia currently flies 30 four-engined Airbus A340s on its
longer routes, but is reportedly looking at replacing those planes
with slightly smaller, more efficient twinjets.
The airline has a long history with Airbus -- the manufacturer
claims by far the largest portion of Iberia's fleet -- so the
European planemaker's recently-confirmed A350XWB would seem a
perfect fit for the airline.
There's one problem, however -- it will be at least six years
before the A350 enters service, several years after Boeing's 787 is
due to hit the market. That doesn't mean Iberia would be able to
gets 787s any sooner, however... as there is currently a four-year
waiting list for the popular Boeing plane.
One possibility Iberia may be considering, is jumping on earlier
delivery slots should any current Dreamliner customers opt out of
A spokeswoman for Iberia says the airline is studying several
options... and it's way to soon to tell which way its decision will
"There is nothing concrete yet decided," the spokeswoman told
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