Sunset salute for first A350 services to Ecuador

Quito’s fire service performed a water cannon salute for the first A350 passenger service to depart an Ecuadorian airport. Iberia has introduced the twin-engined A350 on its Madrid – Quito – Madrid services to replace the four-engined Airbus A340-600s it previously used. (Photo: Quiport)

The first passenger service performed by an Airbus A350 to an Ecuadorian airport took place on Tuesday August 4. The Spanish national carrier, Iberia, has replaced the Airbus A340-600 airliners it use on its Madrid – Quito – Madrid route with the new generation A350 model, thereby producing a ‘first’ for an airport in Ecuador.

Iberia’s A350s have 348 seats in a three-class configuration: 31 in Business class, 24 in its new Premium Economy cabin and 293 in Economy class.

Andrew O’Brian, president and CEO of Corporación Quiport, the company that manages and operates Quito airport (IATA: UIO), stressed the importance of starting this operation for the city. He said: “The A350 is the most modern aircraft currently operating commercial flights. It offers several advantages in terms of fuel consumption that makes the operation more efficient and friendlier to the environment. In terms of service, the aircraft is ideal for intercontinental flights and offers a high-quality product for our passengers who can enjoy a more pleasant flight. I congratulate Iberia on this milestone in our joint operation.”

Iberia said the three times weekly (Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday) flights that it has scheduled between Quito and Madrid during the month of August are operated in compliance with the regulations established by both Ecuador and Spain, and following all the prevention and hygiene measures of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Spanish Agency Aviation Safety (AESA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­