Iberia, Loong Air, and Philippine Airlines Take Delivery of First Airbus NEOs

This week saw three airlines joining the list of operators of Airbus' new A320neo aircraft family. Spanish flag carrier Iberia and Chinese Loong Air both took delivery of their first A320neo, while Philippine Airlines accepted their first A321neo.

Iberia took delivery of their aircraft on May 29th and has ferried it from Toulouse to Madrid on the same day. The plane is equipped with Iberia's standard short-haul cabin with 162 seats. Since delivery, the airplane so far hasn't logged any commercial flights but it will most likely be deployed on their short-haul network across Europe. Iberia has 20 NEO on order, 4 of them being for the larger A321neo.

Loong Air also took delivery of their first A320neo from Airbus' assembly line in Tianjin, China. It is the first NEO equipped with CFM Leap-1A in China, indicating that certification issues for this engine/aircraft combination have been resolved. The airline already operates 28 A320ceo with CFM56 engines. A further 8 NEO is due to join the airline's fleet over the next years.

Philippine Airlines also took delivery of their first NEO just yesterday, the jet is currently on its ferry flight from Hamburg to Manila. The airline has already outlined its plans for the aircraft and will deploy it on routes to Australia as well as India, making it the longest flights on an Airbus narrowbody, according to Airbus. The aircraft is equipped with 12 seats in business and 154 seats in economy class. The plane is powered by Pratt&Whitney's PurePower engines.

Pictures provided by Iberia, CFM, Philippine Airlines.