What Became Of Iberia’s Boeing 757s?

Madrid-based Spanish flag carrier and oneworld member Iberia presently operates an all-Airbus fleet of both narrowbody and widebody aircraft.…

What Became Of Iberia’s Boeing 757s?

Madrid-based Spanish flag carrier and oneworld member Iberia presently operates an all-Airbus fleet of both narrowbody and widebody aircraft. However, this hasn’t always been the case. For a 13-year spell that straddled the turn of the century, the airline also flew 30 examples of Boeing’s iconic 757 twinjet. Let’s take a look at the story of Iberia’s relationship with the 757, and where the planes ended up after their time at the Spanish flag carrier.

Iberia flew the 757 from 1993 to 2006. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr

All one variant

It is important to establish first of all that all 30 of Iberia‘s Boeing 757s belonged to the standard 757-200 variant. This is perhaps to be expected, given the significant gulf in popularity there ended up being between this version and the stretched 757-300 design.

Boeing produced more than 1,000 examples of the 757 (including freighters) during a production spell that lasted 23 years, from 1981 to 2004. Of these, just 55 were the longer 757-300 version. Iberia’s 757-200s featured a 200-seat, two-class configuration.

When did they arrive?

According to data from ch-aviation.com, 1993 heralded the arrival of Iberia’s first three 757s. The maiden example to join the fleet (in June 1993) was re-registered by the end of the year, from EC-420 to EC-FTR. The other two (EC-421 and EC-422) joined the Spanish flag carrier in August 1993. They were re-registered as EC-FUA and EC-FUB in 1994.

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EC-FTR, seen here in Rome in 1994, was Iberia’s first 757. Photo: kitmasterbloke via Flickr

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1994 was a busier year for 757 arrivals at Iberia, with a further five coming onboard, bringing the total to eight. Things then quietened down somewhat, with no deliveries until 1997, when two arrived. 1998 saw another four 757s come onboard, followed by eight in 1999. This figure was repeated in 2000, with eight final deliveries bringing the total to 30.

When did they leave?

The first 757 to leave Iberia was EC-FXU, which departed the airline after four years in 1997. This aircraft had been re-registered twice during its time at the Spanish flag carrier. It went on to fly for Pace Airlines, Elan Express, and Parallel Express. It remains active as a 63-seat all-business-class corporate jet, and last flew on June 6th, according to RadarBox.com.

2000 saw four 757s leave, three of which had only been with Iberia for three years or less. These aircraft went on to Avianca and National Airlines (two each), but three have sadly now been scrapped in the US. The fourth remains in storage in Orlando, Florida.

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Several of Iberia’s 757s went on to fly for Icelandair. Photo: Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr

Meanwhile, 2001 saw five 757s depart from the Spanish flag carrier. Curiously, they all left on the same date (November 1st). Two of these ended up at Icelandair, which would become quite a trend for ex-Iberia 757s. The others went to the likes of Air Anatolia, Cebu Pacific Air, and Harmony Airways. Only one has been scrapped thus far.

Iberia’s remaining 757s left the fleet in 2002, 2003 (one aircraft each), 2004 (four aircraft), 2005 (three aircraft), and 2006 (10 aircraft). This flurry of mid-200s departures took the aircraft to a wide variety of carriers. To name just a few, their destinations included airBaltic (Latvia), Atlasjet (Turkey), RAK Airways (UAE), Titan Airways (UK), and Varig (Brazil).

Did you know that Iberia used to operate the Boeing 757? What are your memories of flying on the aircraft? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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The Maverick Project: The Business Jet Cabin Of The Future?

When a four-decade-old aviation firm like Rosen Aviation brings a cabin concept to market, you know it’s going…

The Maverick Project: The Business Jet Cabin Of The Future?

When a four-decade-old aviation firm like Rosen Aviation brings a cabin concept to market, you know it’s going to be something pretty special. While Rosen is best known for its groundbreaking large-format OLED displays, Rosen wants to further disrupt the cabin industry with its technology-heavy concept. More intuitive, more immersive and ridiculously beautiful, here’s the Maverick concept in all its glory.

The Maverick cabin embraces technology in many new ways. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Technology first

Developed by Rosen Aviation, the Maverick Project is a concept that puts technology at the forefront of its design. Shortlisted for a Crystal Cabin Award this year, the developers of the concept note that,

“Rosen aims to shift the travel paradigm by creating a cabin so rich in technology it completely redefines the passenger experience.”

The concept utilizes the latest in sensor technology to create a cabin that feels like something out of a science fiction movie. Familiar high-end touches like wireless charging and touchscreen control surfaces are accompanied by less common components, such as the huge OLED displays and ‘virtual’ buttons.

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Seat controls are integrated into smart surfaces in the armrest. Photo: Rosen Aviation

These buttons, known as ‘smart sensors,’ were developed by Rosen Aviation themselves. Rather than bulky, old-fashioned mechanical switches, the Maverick cabin uses integrated surfaces with backlit control indicators. Working through microperforated substrates, the controls are proximity activated and provide haptic feedback to the user.

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Holographic keyboards and menus are all in the works. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Taking things a step further, Rosen is also developing fully holographic keyboards for working in the cabin. Menus will also be holographic, minimizing touchpoints and reducing the potential for contamination of surfaces. The company has further talked of the integration of AI into the sensors, so that these smart surfaces can begin to predict a user’s intention.

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Maverick cabin
Large virtual windows and skylights, coupled with the olive wood veneer, give the cabin a light, modern ambiance. Photo: Rosen Aviation

No windows

The cabin is essentially windowless, which has the potential to make for a somewhat claustrophobic experience. However, Rosen overcomes this with the use of OLED displays to create virtual windows instead. These displays can show a real-time image of the outside world, or can be used for business presentations, flight information, or even inflight entertainment.

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The large OLED screens are lightweight and versatile. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Speaking to Simple Flying earlier this year, Rosen’s SVP Strategy, Lee Clark, and VP Product Engineering, Darrell Finneman, noted the benefits that OLEDs bring, saying,

“Of the many advantages offered by OLEDs, two main highlights that open up endless opportunities are transparency and flexibility. With these new features, virtual windows and skylights are made possible in a number of different form factors, whether it be a flexible display tied to outside cameras, or a transparent display providing key flight information juxtaposed to traditional windows.”

The executives also noted the potential for augmented reality to be integrated into these alternative windows. Things like a star map, pointing out the nighttime constellations as they pass by the window, or an interactive feed displaying interesting features on the ground below – it’s a moving map concept like no other that has gone before.

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Individual screens pivot out from the seats. Photo: Rosen Aviation

As well as the large displays on the cabin walls, the Maverick features personal pivoting seat displays, so that every passenger can enjoy their choice of entertainment onboard.

Was earmarked for the AS2

In February, supersonic aircraft company Aerion announced that it would be working with Rosen for its cabin management and technology system (CTMS) for the forthcoming business jet AS2. The AS2 was to be the first supersonic business jet the world has ever seen, and with Rosen’s blue sky thinking behind it, we were looking forward to some delightful touches in the cabin.

AS2 Plane
The AS2 may never become a reality now. Photo: Aerion Supersonic

But with Aerion now largely shut down, the future of this collaboration is in doubt. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Maverick concept. Rosen’s executives previously outlined their goals for the future, saying,

“Our plans going forward are to continue development of the many technologies demonstrated in The Maverick cabin. That is what made Maverick so exciting. It was not merely CGI smoke and mirrors, but represented actual Rosen development projects. Seeing the video is one thing, getting to see and feel working proof-of-concepts takes the experience to a whole new level.”

The concepts that Rosen has woven into the Maverick cabin are certainly some food for thought. Many of the touchless, technology-led elements are even more relevant in our current, hygiene-focused environment. Perhaps this is indeed the future of business jet cabins.

The Maverick cabin concept has been shortlisted for 2021’s Crystal Cabin Awards. Winners will be announced at the virtual Aircraft Interiors Expo (14 – 16 September 2021).

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