BA welcomes first Airbus A350 plane

British Airways’ first Airbus 350 with registration G-XWBA has finally touched down at London Heathrow.

The plane is the first of the 18 A350s, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, the Club Suite.

Four others are expected to join the new aircraft fleet before the end of the year.

British Airways Director of brand and customer experience Carolina Martinoli said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet.

“This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite.

“Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”

The newly branded Club Suite offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a one-two-one configuration.

The A350 promotes a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light.

The 56-seat Club World cabin and the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt including new amenity kits and an enhanced service as well as improved dining experience.

The World Traveller (economy) cabin however offers 219 seats.

Customers will also benefit from high-speed Wi-Fi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.

In what the airline describes as the Phase One, the A350 will this month (August) start some short-haul flying between London and Madrid to allow the airline’s teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.

And during Phase Two, which starts in September, the aircraft will begin long-haul flying to Dubai, followed by services to Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore this year.

During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new cabin.

At the start of 2020 which is the Phase Three, British Airways will roll out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.

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