Madrid-based oneworld airline Iberia is introducing new business class suites with doors. This isn’t a future product we’ll see years down the road. It’s already flying. In fact it’s received an aircraft featuring these seats – an Airbus A350 registration EC-NXE. We’ve known this was coming since late July, but that these seats are actually in service is brand new.
Delivered to Iberia on November 29, it’s been in commercial service since Saturday it’s been flying to London, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, and Paris.
⚠️ Iberia está operando hoy uno de sus múltiples vuelos del 'Puente Aéreo' con Airbus A350-941. Este A350 (EC-NXE), añadido hace apenas unos días a la flota de Iberia, es el primer A350 que incorpora la nueva clase Business (Recaro CL6720) de la aerolínea.
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— Aeroinfo Barcelona-El Prat (@AeroinfoBCN) December 13, 2022
Iberia is owned by IAG, which is the parent company of British Airways and which has been installing suites with doors. The two carrier share American Airlines as a transatlantic joint venture partner which is also putting in suites. A competitive must for premium transatlantic travel at this point we’ll be seeing the same from Air France.
Interestingly Iberia isn’t using the Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seat that British Airways adopted, and that American has been using. Instead they’re using the Recaro CL6720. It should be a nice product once it’s done doing short intra-European flights and gets deployed on long haul and as the airline takes additional aircraft with these seats.
Iberia has some of the best value transatlantic business class awards as well, with roundtrips starting at just 68,000 miles and without significant fuel surcharges. Their points are easy to come by since several programs in the U.S. transfer to them directly, and since active accounts can send and receive between BA, Iberia and Qatar.