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I recently took the opportunity to try out the Iberia A350 Business Class cabin while the airline was still flying its newest aircraft on short-haul routes around Europe. After my flight landed I took the opportunity to walk a little further back in the aircraft to see what the A350’s Premium Economy & Economy Class cabins looked like.
Iberia A350 Premium Economy
The Iberia A350 Premium Economy cabin covers just 4 rows and holds 24 passengers.
Unlike Iberia’s slightly narrower A330 and A340 aircraft the Premium Economy cabin on the A350 offers 2 seats on either side of the aircraft….
…and 4 seats in the center section (as opposed to 3) completing the cabin’s 2-4-2 layout.
If you’re traveling as a family of 4 this center section may well work best for you but couples and solo travelers should definitely stick to the seats on either side of the cabin.
Here are a few facts about the Iberia 350 Premium Economy Cabin:
- The seat width in most seats is a little under 19″ (48cm)
- The seat pitch (leg-room) in most seats is 37″ (94cm)
- The seat recline is 40% greater than the recline offered in Economy Class – 7″ (18cm) vs 5″ (13cm)
- The Premium Economy IFE screens are 12″ in size
Row 11 is an outlier in the A350 Premium Economy cabin as this is one of the aircraft’s exit rows.
What this means is that the pairs of seats on either side of the aircraft in row 11 are the ones to book if you care about leg-room – this row offers more of it than anyone could possibly need:
Note: If seat-width is important to you then be aware that the seats in row 11 and the center seats in row 12 are slightly narrower than the other Premium Economy seats as these seats have their tray tables stowed in the armrests.
And here’s the leg-room on offer in rows 12 – 15:
All seats in the Premium Economy cabin come with an adjustable footrest, a universal power outlet and a USB port. Passengers booked into premium Economy also get an amenity kit and the use of noise cancelling headphones.
Iberia A350 Economy Class
The Iberia A350 Economy Class cabin offers 9-across seating in most rows and all seats offer 18″ of seat width – that’s very good by modern Economy Class cabin standards.
The news isn’t as good when it comes to the amount of room the airline has left between the rows as most passengers will only have 31″ of seat pitch – that’s pretty standard…but tight.
A quick look at the Iberia A350 seat map will show you that there are a few seats in the Economy Class cabin that stand out as being considerably better than the rest – specifically the seats on either side of the aircraft in rows 21 and 38 and the window seats in row 39.
Row 21 is immediately behind the Premium Economy seats and, as there is no physical wall between the two cabins on either side of the aircraft, some seats have a lot more leg-room:
Seats 21C & 21J have more legroom than just about any other seat in the aircraft as there is no seat directly ahead of them.
I didn’t get a chance to check out the seats in row 38 (an exit row) or seats 39A & 39L but these too will have a lot of leg-room.
The downside to all of these extra leg-room seats is that they will all be narrower than the regular Economy Class seats due to the presence of the tray table in the armrests – if leg-room is important to you then these seats should be great but they’re not so good if you’re in need of a bit more lateral space.
These extra leg-room seats can be booked free of charge by oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members or for a fee (starting at around $60) by non-elites. The cost for non-elites will vary depending on the seat selected and the length of the flight.
All Economy Class seats come with a 9″ personal IFE screen, a universal power outlet, an Apple connector (for those who wish to watch their own content), a USB port and a reading light.