British Airways has confirmed that its first
Airbus A350 aircraft will begin long-haul flights on 2 September
The aircraft is currently being put through
extensive service trials before it commences services to Dubai
next month, followed by flights to Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore
later this year.
Since its arrival on 29 July, the A350 has flown over
15,400 miles between Heathrow and Madrid completing over 40
take-offs and landings to further familiarise the airline’s crew
with the service they will deliver on the new aircraft.
In addition to flying short-haul, the airline has also
simulated a long-haul flight on the ground at Heathrow. This week,
331 volunteers took part in a trial, giving cabin crew and the
inflight entertainment and catering teams the chance to deliver
and analyse every aspect of the in-flight service and make any
tweaks required ahead of carrying customers from September.
The aircraft features British Airways’ new
56-seat Club Suite offering customers
direct-aisle access, a door for greater privacy and luxurious
flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. It boasts 40 per cent
more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable
18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition
gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power.
The three-class A350 also features 56 seats in
World Traveller Plus (pictured) and 219 seats in World Traveller,
BA’s economy class.
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of
Brand and Customer Experience, said, “We are delighted to have
taken delivery of our first A350 aircraft with our new business
class seat, Club Suite. Our teams across the business have been
working hard to ensure that every aspect of our customers’
experience meets and exceeds their expectations, as we prepare the
A350 for long haul flights this September.”
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