British Airways have announced Tel Aviv and Bangalore as the third and fourth routes for their new A350-1000. Launching at the end of 2019, the routes will give travelers to Israel and India a chance to experience their industry leading new Club World product.
British Airways has announced the final two routes for their forthcoming A350-1000 aircraft. After conducting some months of short haul between London and Madrid, the inaugural long haul route is planned for Toronto from 1st October 2019. Shortly after this, as of October 8th, BA will begin operating service between London and Dubai with its second A350-1000.
We now know that the third and fourth destinations to get the latest plane in the BA fleet will be Tel Aviv, Israel, and Bangalore, India.
On board the aircraft, the highly anticipated new business class product, the Club Suite. With its enviable configuration including 40% more storage, high definition gate to gate entertainment via the 18.5 inch screen and that stunning looking seat, travelers to and from India and Israel are in for a treat.
Third destination – Tel Aviv
British Airways has announced exciting news for those looking for luxury flying between the UK and Israel. The airline has announced this week that, from later this year, the A350 will start operating between the UK and Tel Aviv.
The British Airways Israel Manager, Yael Katan, told the Jerusalem Post,
“British Airways’ choice to make its Israel route one of the first lines on which the plane will operate is an expression of confidence by the company in Israel, and demonstrates the company’s great appreciation for this market,”
The Tel Aviv route will operate as follows:
- BA163: Departs London 20:55, arrives Tel Aviv 03:40 (+1 day)
- BA162: Departs Tel Aviv 06:15, arrives London 09:40
The London to Tel Aviv route will begin on 1st December 2019. The A350-1000 will be replacing a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on this route, so here will be a marked increase in capacity. Club World will go from 35 seats to 56, World Traveler Plus from 25 to 56 seats, and World Traveler from 154 to 219 seats.
As Virgin Atlantic are also launching a service between London and Tel Aviv from September, this is a clear strategy by BA to present competition, particularly for the business class market, on this route.
Fourth destination – Bangalore
For travelers between the UK and India, the news is equally exciting. British Airways have also announced that Bangalore will become the fourth destination and the first in India to be served with its new A350 aircraft.
Moran Birger, Head of Sales Asia Pacific and the Middle East at British Airways, said in a statement,
“We are delighted to welcome our new A350 aircraft in Bangalore, later this year, featuring our new Club Suite, which is one of the most exciting developments in our current £6.5 billion investment program.”
The Bangalore route will operate as follows:
- BA119: Departs London 13:45, arrives Bangalore 05:00 (+1 day)
- BA118: Departs Bangalore 07:00, arrives London 12:40
The Bangalore route will operate from January 1st, 2020. This service will replace a Boeing 787-9, which means passengers will no longer be able to book first class. However, the capacity for business class will increase substantially, and to be frank, the new business class product is almost on a par with their Dreamliner first product anyway.
Overall, the loss of eight first class seats is compensated by 14 additional Club World suites, 17 more World Traveler Plus seats and a staggering 92 additional World Traveler seats. India is in need of some additional capacity right now, and BA are keen to provide it. Their codeshare arrangement with Vistara should make it easier than ever to reach onward destinations across India too.
These two latest route announcements mark the conclusion of the BA A350-1000 routes for this year, as only four are expected to be delivered.
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