British Airway’s first Airbus A350-1000 has been spotted rolling out of the paint shop in Toulouse, France.
Gloriously adorned in its familiar British Airways Union Jack colours, the A350-1000 was spotted fully painted just one week after first entering the Paintshop.
With a so far unspecified delivery date of sometime in July, British Airways latest plane is earmarked to fly between London and Madrid starting in August. The initial short-haul flight is to get pilots and crew familiar with the aircraft prior to it flying long-haul routes, according to Business Traveller.
Looked upon as being a replacement for British Airways ageing fleet of 747’s over the next four to five years, the UK flag carrier placed an order for 18 A350’s and an option for a further 18 back in 2013.
About the A350-1000
With a length of 74 metres (242.78ft) from nose-to-tail, the fuselage of the A350-1000 is the longest of Airbus’s wide-body twin-aside family of jets. The aircraft can be configured to seat between 350 and 410 passengers.
In the case of British Airways A350-1000, the aircraft will be used to unveil its new premium cabin product.
Inside the cabin
According to a BA press release, the new A350-1000 registration number G-XWBA will feature British Airways highly-anticipated new business class seat
“Club Suite” as the service is being called features direct aisle access and comes with a privacy door and a luxurious flat-bed seat laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. The new seats also boast 40% more storage space that includes a vanity unit and mirror.
Designed for today’s traveller with an 18.5-inch high definition entertainment screen, Wi-Fi and plenty of power points to charge your personal electronics. The A350-1000 is also designed to promote a feeling of well-being with ambient mood lighting, high ceilings and reduced noise allowing passengers to arrive fresh at their destination.
Aside of BA’s Club World cabin and their impressive new “Club Suite” seating, the aircraft will have 56 seats in World Traveller Plus that have a new hard product and come with an amenity kit, pillow and blanket. Meanwhile, World Traveller, BA’s low-fare passenger cabin, offers 219 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
When speaking about their new “Club Suite” Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said in a press release ,
“The arrival of our first A350 featuring our new Club Suite is one of the most exciting developments in our £6.5 billion investment programme.
“Each new suite has direct aisle access and comes with a personal door – design features which were incorporated as a direct result of the feedback we’ve had from our customers. We’ve worked hard to ensure every aspect of the Club World experience from the lounges we’ve refreshed, to the new gourmet menus from Do&Co on flights from Heathrow, and the luxurious bedding we’ve introduced from The White Company exudes the very British style and quality customers expect from us.
“At British Airways we have one of Europe’s largest long-haul fleets and most far-reaching global networks, so it will take some time to make the cabin available to everybody. We hope that as more customers have the chance to experience it, they’ll enjoy travelling in it as much as we’ve enjoyed designing it.”
BA’s UK rival, Virgin Atlantic, is also due to take delivery of its first A350-1000 this summer and will immediately use it on its popular Heathrow-JFK service starting in August, according to Business Traveller.
London-Madrid: what do you think?
Getting the chance to sample British Airways newest addition to its fleet on the short-haul London Heathrow to Madrid Barajas is a tempting proposition for many aviation geeks.
If you get the chance to fly on BA’s new Airbus, let us know how you liked it.