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.
"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.