British Airways Takes Delivery of its First A350-1000 

(British Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 was delivered from Toulouse to Heathrow on Saturady July 27. (Photo: Airbus)

British Airways (BA) took delivery of its first A350-1000 making it the first operator of the larger A350-1000 in International Airlines Group (IAG). The aircraft was delivered to Heathrow on Saturday July 27, one day later than originally planned due to adverse weather conditions in the London area. BA has ordered 18 A350-1000s. Iberia, which is also part of IAG, already operates five of the smaller A350-900s.

BA said its A350s will usher in new levels of comfort with the launch of the Club Suite, the first new business class seat for British Airways in 13 years. The newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

The three class layout includes 56 Club Suites, 56 World Traveller Plus and 219 World Traveller economy seats. BA will initially use the aircraft to fly between London and Madrid prior to flying long-haul routes from September.