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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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  • guesswho2000 says:

    Yeah it looks a bit boring in daylight (or at least ‘normal’ lighting), but with some mood lighting and all the cabin blinds closed, it’ll look fine.

  • ChrisD says:

    Maybe just me, but these don’t look like photos, they look like computer generated images. The lighting is too uniform.

    • Rob says:

      I think they are BA PR pics that leaked. The VR they are doing does not have that dummy IFE image.

  • Pb says:

    First picture reminds me of where we keep the horses , with a screen as a bonus .

    • john doe says:

      Let me translate that for the rest of us
      “I have horses and stables”

  • Richard says:

    Is that 11 rows of business seats in the same cabin??

    • David says:

      There’s no pleasing some people! First they complain about 8 seats across, then they complain about 11 seats along the aisle… This isn’t a private jet you know!

      • Frenzie says:

        So true.

      • Rob says:

        Private jets can be uncomfy too. And at least the A350 has loos, which smaller private jets don’t.

        • Mike says:

          Hah, you beat to the comment about private jets and loos: remember the story going around the City of the poor fella and his uncomfortable experience using the doorless “loo” aboard a jet after an endless night of celebrations post-deal closing… Definitely worse than having to endure BA’s Club World (old or new)!

          • Anna says:

            A family on holiday at the same time as us one year had been flown from Chicago to Grand Cayman in their Grandpa’s tiny twin prop plane (GCM airport, though small, has plenty of private jet facilities!) Toilet facilities consisted of empty pop bottles 😂

      • Richard says:

        I’d rather have 8 across to keep our 2 year old enclosed in the middle 2 – look at all the space he can roam in and people he can disturb here!

        • David says:

          You could just close the door?

          • Richard says:

            Show him the door opens and closes and he’ll spend an hour playing with it … actually that might be useful! And a good test of the door quality!

        • Rob says:

          This is not a cabin for small children. There is not even much of a divider between the middle pair.

    • JP-MCO says:

      Singapore’s A350ULR has 11 rows in their Business Class cabin too. Seems to be a pretty standard config for the A350.

  • AJA says:

    I quite like the colour scheme. It’s practical and won’t show scuff and scrapes quite as much as the current CW scheme. The actual seat looks more blue than I thought it would be.

    My only criticism of the CW seat is that as a fully flat bed it doesn’t look that long, meaning more than just your feet are stuck in the cubby hole under the IFE. The available space looks like you might bang your knees as the IFE screen is so large. I hope not.

    I definitely like the direct aisle access from all seats and they look very private which will be a big improvement. Pity there was no pic of the middle seats to give an impression of the overall cabin.

    The WTP cabin looks just like WT. It’s huge. I thought the idea of WTP was a big improvement over WT with a more comfortable seat and a smaller “more exclusive” private cabin feel. Still it does look like there is a potential for more seats to be open to Avios redemptions.

    I pity the WT passengers, they really are stuffed in. Those seats look very uncomfortable. Thankfully I can afford to never travel back there.

    • ChrisC says:

      It’s longer than the current seat and pictures can alter perceptions

      “British Airways is advertising Club Suite as a 79 inch long bed when fully reclined. This is seven inches longer than the current Club World seat. In reality the bed is longer but because it tapers into a V-shape they are not measuring it directly to the tip of the ‘V’.”

  • Harry says:

    The Club suite looks very nice. I personally would have preferred a contrast color scheme with one lighter shade but I don’t choose my flights based on the cabin color scheme.

    However World Traveller Plus at eight across must have fairly narrow seats, I don’t think it is the camera angle. The bulkhead seat will be used to cross from one side of the cabin to the other, not a good place to be, but a great deal better than the first Economy seat which is to be avoided at all costs! I have never found BA WTP good value. The seats are far less comfortable than Club with not that great a price differential. The BA cabin crews also have a sublimely British snobby way of letting you know that they think you want to fly Club but cannot afford it. I don’t find WTP a good hard or soft product and the picture doesn’t make it look as though the hard product has been improved much, if at all. Fortunately, I can afford Club and only fly WT when Club is [rarely] full.

    • BSI1978 says:

      “The BA cabin crews also have a sublimely British snobby way of letting you know that they think you want to fly Club but cannot afford it”.


      Have a lot of time for the CC usually, but I have had this feeling more than once – thought it was my paranoia!

      • Gavin says:

        The provision of cava in the drinks trolley is a subtle way to reinforce this!

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Ther’s Cava in the drinks trolley?

          its basically Iberia Business

    • Anna says:

      +1. Paying for extra leg room in WT is infinitely better value than stumping up for WTP.

    • Ben says:

      I think WTP is a decent improvement on WT. In WT, you have to share arm rests and shoulder space, and sitting next to a large person in WT on a long haul flight give me back ache for a week. The extra legroom, width and recline make a lot of difference to comfort imo.

      OK, so maybe I tell myself that because WTP (and equivalent) is all my company will pay for, and I know that club/biz is a far bigger step up (I upgrade at every chance I get). But I still appreciate WTP.

  • Nigel says:

    It could be fun, when they announce the timings for A350 Madrid flights, to try to coordinate on one as a H4P group outing…

  • Geoff says:

    The main seat hardware looks very similar to the newer Saudia business class seat which I found very comfortable. The storage spaces in the side unit are useful but not very deep due to the foot space of the seat behind.

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