British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, G-XWBA, arrived at London Heathrow today, Saturday 27 July 2019.
The aircraft arrived from Toulouse, via Chateauroux, shortly before 14:00 BST.
This is the first of 18 aircraft to be delivered to the airline, with four expected in service by the end of the year. BA also has options for a further 36 aircraft.
The aircraft was due to be delivered on Friday before a special press event. However, this was postponed due to severe disruption at Heathrow.
Here are some pictures of the aircraft taken in Toulouse by Airbus – in far better weather than today – as well as mid-flight CGI renders, again set in far better weather conditions than today.
The arrival of the A350 is being filmed for a forthcoming Channel 5 documentary on BA’s centenary year which is now close to completion.
BA Airbus A350-1000 Routes
The first long-haul route to be operated with the Airbus A350-1000 is London Heathrow to Dubai.
Flight BA107 will be operated with the A350 from 2 September, except for 7-8 September and 1 – 7 October 2019. Flight BA106 will be operated with the A350 from 3 September, except for 8-9 September and 2-8 October 2019.
The Airbus A350 will then fly to Toronto (flights BA93 & BA92) from 8 October 2019, Tel Aviv from 1 December 2019 (flights BA163 & BA162) and Bengaluru (flights BA119 & BA118) from 1 January 2020. For both Tel Aviv and Bengaluru, the return flights to Heathrow operate with the A350 from the following day.
The Airbus A350 will also operate selected flights to Madrid in August.
As has been widely advertised, the Airbus A350-1000 is fitted with BA’s new Club Suite as well as World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins.
A word of caution should be sounded about the first flights. As this is a new aircraft these are all subject to change at very short notice.
Also, when a new aircraft enters service, it is often forgotten that it does take time for the crew to get used to the aircraft and the layout of galleys. The in-flight service may be a little slower than usual in the first few months.