After initially flying selected services to Dubai, the new aircraft will begin long-haul flights from London to Toronto in Canada and the southern Indian city of Bangalore later this year. It will also operate on BA’s London to Tel Aviv, Israel route.
The airline took delivery of its newest aircraft featuring its latest generation Business Class Club Suite in July, and since its arrival it has completed more than 40 test flights between London and Madrid to familiarize crew with the new aircraft and service.
As well as the short-haul flying to put the aircraft through its paces, the airline has also simulated a long-haul flight on the ground at Heathrow, with 331 volunteers taking part in a trial.
Not only is the new aircraft quieter than some of its predecessors, there are also environmental benefits to flying on the A350, as it burns 25% less fuel, which significantly reduces CO2 emissions.
British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, Carolina Martinoli, said: “We are delighted to have taken delivery of our first A350 aircraft with our new business class seat, Club Suite.
“Our teams across the business have been working hard to ensure that every aspect of our customers’ experience meets and exceeds their expectations, as we prepare the A350 for long-haul flights this September.”
The new aircrafts’ Business Class cabins are fitted with BA’s new Club Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. The pod-like seats turn into fully-flat beds with private doors and direct-aisle access, and 40% more storage than the previous business seats.
BA is currently celebrating its centenary year. The arrival of the A350 is part of the airline’s £6.5bn current investment programme.