Airbus just announced an order from International Airlines Group (IAG). This firm order of eight A330s for Iberia’s fleet follows the preliminary MoU signed earlier this year. General Electric (GE CF6-80E1) engines have been selected as well. It appears the -300 model is the version acquired. Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “The A330s will be more cost effective and fuel efficient than the aircraft that they replace with improved environmental performance”. He does not state which airplanes these A330s are replacing but it would seem they will replace A340s. The A330s will be the only widebody twin in Iberia’s fleet.
The A330 continues to serve Airbus very well and, for now, is the only game in its segment.