5 Airlines Set For Airbus A350 Deliveries In 2019

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

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.

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BA will take delivery of their first A350-1000 in 2019.

To be fair, BA’s current first class is more in line with business class on other carriers:

British Airways first class on a 787. Photo: British Airways

BA’s current Club World leaves a bit to be desired:

British Airways Business Class. Photo: British Airways

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.

Virgin Atlantic

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.

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Virgin Atlantic will take delivery of their first A350-1000 in 2019.

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:

Air France

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.

Joon
Air France’s Joon will be receiving new A350s….if it is still around.

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

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.

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Japan Airlines is expecting 31 A350 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

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.

Japan Airlines Sky Suite. Photo: Japan Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines will eventually have 8 A350-900s in their fleet.

SAS A350. Photo: Scandinavian Airlines

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.

Overall

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!

10 comments
    1. We do know that BA will be taking delivery of the A350-1000 in July. It will have a significant number of seats and would easily be a flagship aircraft. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the A350 on long-haul routes that haven’t been very friendly to the first class cabin. Perhaps leisure destinations? Or, should BA determine they can charge a higher fare for their business class cabin to compensate for their lost first class revenue, maybe even flagship routes like LHR-JFK or LHR-NRT, maybe even LHR-SIN

    2. Hi! Just wanted to confirm your doubts. BA will debut the A350-1000 to Madrid from July/August onwards, followed by A350-1000 service to Toronto and Dubai from October onwards 🙂

  1. Would hope to see BA return to Melbourne, Australia. Last time they flew here the city had just under 3 million people, it now has 5 million. A city with a very English history. The A350 should slot in nicely back down here.

  2. With eight airlines taking delivery of the A350 series ACFT this year , my choice for which airline I am filled with excited anticipation waiting to see what original and new seating products VIRGIN ATLANTIC will unveil . Similarly , with BRITISH AIRWAYS , keeping tight lipped and not sharing the teeniest bit of information ‘re the style and design of seating , in The Club World cabin.
    Both carriers where pioneer’s and in the front of the pack as it were when they released the first ever fully flat bed business class seats , respectively .Back in the year 2000 , BA were the first , only airline to have the 180 deg flat bbeded seat.
    Virgin Atlantic , Pioneer for launching their Upper Class product ,introduced the unique herringbone style shaped seating , and owned the patent rights to it.
    Because both carriers were dynamic in being responsible and pioneers of ” flat bed ” travel at 35 000 ft , the rest of the airline industry HAD to follow up with something similar , which saw a slow uptake in airlines , putting in 180 deg flat bed seats into their Business Classes.
    So , for this fact alone , that BA + VS were trend setters going back 19 years ago , for the flat bed seat revolutionized Business Class travel to what and how it is today , and still evolving.
    Exciting times ahead , as we wait with baited breath to see the results of the new seat design , and cabin service trend and amenities.

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