British Airways has unveiled its brand new Airbus A350 aircraft to members of the press and invited guests at London Heathrow. While the aircraft was undoubtedly the star of the show, its new Club Suite interior blew the crowd away.
Following a delayed delivery planned for Friday, the world’s media finally got its first glimpse of the famed Airbus A350. During the aircraft’s unveiling, those present got to see not only the exterior of this stunning aircraft but also experience the cabin of the brand new type entering the British flag carrier’s fleet.
As the Club Suite cabin is so long, it is separated in the middle with a small chill-out area. The new suites are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration meaning each seat has direct aisle access.
The new Club Suite cabin found within the Airbus A350 is surprisingly spacious. In fact, going into the aircraft, the supposed space available for passengers was my main concern. However, this concern proved to be unfounded. Each suite in the Club Suite cabin has a crazy amount of space.
From storage space to leg space, nothing has been overlooked. In fact, when testing out the lie flat bed, I had more than enough space to lie completely flat despite my tall height. This was arguably the most surprising thing about the suite for me.
While touring the aircraft, it was pointed out that every bit of storage space except for the water bottle holder can be used for takeoff and landing.
It would be very easy to think that given the large floor space of the forward Club Suite cabin, the cabin would feel busy. However, this is not the case. Once lying down on the bed in the suite, I immediately felt calm, as if I was in my own space.
The sliding door is a huge help here. However, while you may be worrying that the sliding door and privacy divider could be a pain to use, this is wrong. Both simply slide to open and close, with no electrical components.
While the privacy divider between the two seats can remain closed during takeoff and landing, the door must be open.
Plenty of power
Passengers who wish to charge their devices during the flight will have plenty of opportunities. Each suite has one plug that doesn’t need adaptors. Meanwhile, there are also two USB ports at each seat. Both of these are cleverly hidden in one of the numerous storage compartments.
Meanwhile, the suite also has three screens. There is the 18.5-inch IFE screen which you can’t miss. The seat is then controlled via a smaller screen right next to the storage areas. Finally, there is a third screen on the handset buried within one of the storage compartments.
Outside the suite
If you needed to step out of the suite during your flight, there is a small bar type area toward the rear of the Club Suite cabin. It doesn’t have chairs or a TV like the bar area on Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A350s. However, it does offer passengers space to stretch their legs and grab a drink during the long flight.
The toilets in the Club Suite cabin are also fairly spacious. Inside it has the look and feel of a standard aircraft toilet, however, the large mirror contains lights to light up your face as you use the mirror.
We can’t wait to roadtest the new British Airways Club Suite cabin next week. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!