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First interior shots of the new British Airways A350, including Club Suite business class

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Fresh from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, here are four photographs of the interior of the first British Airways A350.

This is due for delivery in late July and, after initial checks and pilot training, will begin a few weeks of short haul test flying before launching on the Toronto route from 1st October.

Click on any image to enlarge.

Here is Club Suite:

British Airways A350 Club Suite

My worry that it may be a bit too grey has not gone away – we need to hope the mood lighting can work wonders.   However, it is obviously a huge leap forward for British Airways and one we should congratulate them on.  See also:

British Airways A350 Club Suite 2

Here is World Traveller Plus, with what looks like a ludicrously generous bulkhead row in terms of leg room.  Note how big the cabin is – this is where British Airways plans to make its money with these aircraft.

Is the seat narrow or is it just the camera angle?

If you expand the picture, you can see one World Traveller seat at the back where the poor passenger is going to get his legs banged by every bag, trolley and person going through the aircraft.

British Airways A350 World Traveller Plus

Here is World Traveller – a relatively small economy cabin compared to the rest of the fleet but you can’t see the scale from this picture:

British Airways Club Suite World Traveller

Hopefully it won’t be long before we can try the real thing.

You can read my initial thoughts, based on playing with a VR simulation of Club Suite, in this Club Suite review.


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Comments (86)

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  • Nick says:

    Could the entire design team and approval board have all been colour-blind? Oh so grey………

    • gibbbooooo says:

      nope – just cheap!

      • David says:

        Does brightly-coloured plastic cost more than grey plastic? It would seem an odd place for Ryanair to invest so heavily…

  • BJ says:

    A few years ago somebody commented on here that existing CW was like flying in a toilet cubicle, curious what they would make of this. Personally, I think it looks quite impressive, I would certainly like it flying solo, less so as a couple or family group. I agree on colour scheme, would have much preferred cream and brown, it feels more relaxing. Unsure if mood lighting helps, I’m not a fan of it except that it is an improvement on lights on/off at the whim of the cabin crew. I think WTP is disappointing, not much of an improvement over WT ither than pitch an d recline. I wish they would put more effort into persuading people who usually fly business that WTP is good enough for a daytime flight, a leg rest would make a big difference. This looks much the same as new LH premium Y, maybe a little more comfortable. Seats on both look very slim and lack if contours and lumber support is disappointing.

    • Thomas says:

      For me the problem with WTP is the recline-to-pitch ratio – the seats recline way too far back for how close they are to the seat in front. Flights in WTP – especially daytime ones – can be ruined the moment the passenger in front decides to fully recline, with their head practically on your lap and those few inches in pitch gained from economy suddenly lost. The only way to deal with it is it fully recline yourself, which starts the prem economy dominos cascading back through the cabin (which i guess is expected on night flights). But good luck trying to get out a non isle seat with everyone reclined in front.

      • BJ says:

        The AF version is probably a better option for day flights where the hard shell comes at the expense of proper recline.

      • TokyoFan says:

        Absolutely spot-on!

  • The Original Nick says:

    Looks like they’re using Panasonic screens too.

  • Gerry H says:

    The screens almost look like CRT Monitors! Cathode Ray Tube. Hardly slimline.

    • Nick says:

      They don’t NEED to be slimline – they don’t fold away; they’re actually part of the seat structure/strength. Trust me, this seat is infinitely better than much of the competition. And the colour scheme is subdued yet classy.

      And ‘he’ got them from an internal communication sent out to all staff yesterday…

  • Paul says:

    Putting aside the fact that it’s years late it just look dull and boring! It might be the colour scheme or it might be the dormitory like feeling of the club world shot. It’ hard to put my finger on it. But there is nothing exciting about these shots!
    It’s incredible that today BA have even made premium travel feel mundane, ordinary and cheap. Quite unlike their fares.

  • ChrisC says:

    Grey is fine with me.

    If there was any colour people would soon complain that it was the wrong shade or BA was trying to control their minds via colour.

  • Ian says:

    “you can see one World Traveller seat at the back where the poor passenger is going to get his legs banged by every bag, trolley and person”

    Might even be a woman who is unfortunate enough to sit in that seat too. You never know.

  • Roger says:

    Is there any confirmed date for LHR-MAD rota?

    • Rob says:

      No.

    • The Jetset Boyz says:

      The dates and flights have been confirmed for BA’s A350 LHR-MAD familiarisation flights. For August and September, starting 6th August:

      Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri – BA464/BA465
      Thu, Sat, Sun – BA456/457 and BA464/BA465

      A couple of dates are non-operational due to training and other requirements.

      • Rob says:

        Is it showing on ba.com? These were BA’s draft internal dates but were still subject to adjustment up until they went into the timetable, which is why we have not mentioned it.

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