British Airways has taken delivery of its first A350-1000 at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France, making it the first operator of the larger A350-1000 in International Airlines Group (IAG).
In total, British Airways has ordered 18 A350-1000s. Iberia which is also part of IAG already operates five of the smaller A350-900s.
British Airways’ A350 with its modern and comfortable Airspace cabin will usher in new levels of comfort with the launch of the Club Suite, the first new business class seat for British Airways in 13 years. The airline’s sophisticated and newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
The three class layout includes 56 Club Suites, 56 World Traveller Plus and 219 World Traveller economy seats.
British Airways will initially use the aircraft to fly between London and Madrid prior to flying long-haul routes from September.
The airline operates a fleet of over 150 Airbus aircraft from the smallest A318 to the largest A380.