A Class Act: Flying on BA’s A350

British Airways began operations with its Airbus A350-1000 in August with trial services between London and Madrid. Gordon Smith took the opportunity to try the airline’s new Club Suite product, introduced on the new twinjet.

British Airways has ordered 18 A350-1000s, initially replacing 747-400s on some long-haul routes to North America, the Middle East and South Asia. AirTeamImages.com/Mibfiji

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The first example of the newest addition to British Airways’ fleet, Airbus A350-1000 G-XWBA (c/n 326), was delivered on July 29 and put into service six days later. A second example followed in September. BA ordered 18 of the Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97-powered twinjets back in April 2013, and expects to receive two more this year. The new type is also being used for the launch of Club Suite, the first major refresh of the airline’s premium service since 2000.

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