2019 marks an exciting year for the Airbus A350! In 2018, the first A350-1000 was delivered to Qatar Airways. Singapore Airlines put the first A350-900ULR into service on the world’s longest flight from Singapore to Newark. Let’s look at which airlines are taking the A350 in 2019!
British Airways has 18 A350-1000s on order. As exciting as this plane is, British Airways has been keeping their new Club World seats under wraps.
British Airways will not be installing a first-class cabin on their new A350s which indicates they’re confident in an excellent business class product.
To be fair, BA’s current first class is more in line with business class on other carriers:
BA’s current Club World leaves a bit to be desired:
British Airways has stated each seat will have direct aisle access, although the current configuration also delivers direct aisle access to all seats. We’re hoping that British Airways catches up and reveals a more modern 1-2-1 layout in business class.
On the same note, British Airways has indicated they will be launching a new “industry-leading” premium economy section. We’ll have to wait until the delivery of the A350 to see what the new premium economy and business class cabins are like.
Not to be left out, Virgin Atlantic will also be debuting the A350-1000. Unsurprisingly, they’re in a bit of competition with British Airways.
The A350-1000 will feature a new Upper Class cabin. In 2018, Virgin Atlantic filed their new configuration for the A350-1000. There will be 44 Upper Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. 56 seats will be in the premium economy cabin and 235 seats will comprise the main cabin.
While we don’t know what the new Upper Class seats will be like on the A350, we do know that other aircraft types won’t be receiving the seats anytime soon.
Given Virgin Atlantic’s partnership with Delta Airlines, it would not be surprising to see a variation of the new Delta One Suites on board Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic also released a video highlighting their new A350:
After a tumultuous year, Air France will take delivery of their first A350-900.
Interestingly, Joon will be receiving the first A350s for the Air France-KLM group….but that might not happen.
Ultimately, Air France-KLM is in a bit of a mess. With a new CEO, streamlining is set to commence which will probably lead to an alteration in the A350 delivery schedule.
Japan Airlines has 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s on order. This was ordered as part of Japan Airline’s new focus on efficiency and less overcapacity.
The A350-1000 is set to be the largest aircraft in Japan Airlines’ fleet. As Japan Airlines’ 777 fleet ages, we can expect to see the A350 replace the 777s.
We can expect to see Japan Airlines’ wonderful Sky Suite product on their A350s.
Scandinavian Airlines will eventually have 8 A350-900s in their fleet.
Scandinavian Airlines has indicated there will be around 300 seats on the plane. Final specifications are yet to be announced.
However, SAS currently offers a 1-2-1 business class configuration.
The A350 is a fantastic aircraft that will grace the skies for years to come. We’re excited to see what new products will be offered on board. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments!
Are you looking forward to flying on new A350s? Which airline’s A350 are you most looking forward to flying? Let us know in the comments!