IAG snaps up new Airbus jets for Iberia

International Airlines Group said Monday it has finalized a deal to buy eight long-haul Airbus A330-200 aircraft worth $1.48 billion (€1.15 billion) at list prices for Spain's Iberia airlines.

IAG snaps up new Airbus jets for Iberia
President of Iberia and Chairman of International Airlines Group Antonio Vazquez poses during the presentation of Iberia new logotype in Madrid in October 2013. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

The company, which is based in London and also owns British Airways, revealed in a statement that it had decided to convert eight options that were previously announced in 2011.

IAG said it had negotiated a "substantial discount" from list prices for the aircraft, which will be delivered between late 2015 and 2018. Airlines tend to receive large reductions on the cost of planes.

Airbus meanwhile added in a separate statement that the eight jets will be equipped with General Electric CF6 engines.

Iberia's fleet, which is comprised of only Airbus aircraft, already includes eight A330-300s.

"We are just delighted that Iberia has reconfirmed its confidence in the A330," said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.

He added that Airbus was "extremely pleased to welcome them as a new operator of the A330-200 benefiting from the enhanced performance that the new 242 tonne version brings, while continuing to deliver the family synergies of an all Airbus fleet."

In early August, IAG announced an order for eight A350s and said that it also planned to take eight A330-200s — either from a leasing company or by converting options signed with Airbus in 2011.

In total, the 16 Airbus planes will replace 16 A340 family aircraft in Iberia's long-haul fleet.

IAG had announced last month that net profit more than doubled to 280 million euros in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, boosted by cost-cutting at Iberia.

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Video shows ‘too close for comfort’ Costa Rica landing of Iberia plane

Footage captured a Spanish aircraft flying nail-bitingly close to cars as it came into land at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport on Sunday.

Video shows 'too close for comfort' Costa Rica landing of Iberia plane
Screenshot from video: Jonny Vega / Youtube

The video, taken by Carlos Rojas and uploaded onto Youtube, shows Iberia flight 6313 from Madrid coming into land at the Central American country's airport.

But as the Airbus A 340 approaches landing it appears to come dangerously close to cars parked at the end of the runway and misses the airport perimeter fence by just a few meters.

The landing provoked a flurry of comments on social media from local residents about the “narrowly averted disaster” with the island’s Tico Times reporting:

“Several residents in Heredia and Alajuela reported the aircraft shook their homes upon descent. One Facebook commenter said flight 6313 was so low, she could “see the screws” on the bottom of the plane.”

But far from being an isolated event, authorities at the airport insisted it was a routine landing and followed all regulations.

“Sure it could have been a little bit higher, but the altitude and angle of the plane was fine,” explained Rolando Richmond, head of Costa Rica’s Aerial Navigation Office,

The video has been viewed ,more than 100,000 times since being uploaded on Sunday.