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PICTURE: Iberia receives IAG's first A350

Spanish flag-carrier Iberia has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, which also marks the first of the type for parent company IAG.

Iberia has 16 A350s on order.

Its initial aircraft – configured with 348 seats in three classes – is the first to feature a performance-improvement package, including a higher maximum take-off weight, taller winglets, and a twist in the wing to enhance its aerodynamics.

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"If, during these last years, we transformed ourselves to survive, now we are transforming ourselves for excellence," says Iberia president Luis Gallego.

Parent IAG's UK carrier British Airways has 18 A350-1000s on order while its Irish operator Aer Lingus is taking nine A350-900s.

Iberia's first A350 will conduct its ferry flight to Madrid using a blend of sustainable fuel.

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