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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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  • Kim H says:

    Yes, the WTP bulkhead gap and seat width are distorted by the wide-angle lens that has been used to take these shots. You can adjust for this in photoshop etc but it clearly hasn’t been done – the curvature of the closest aisle and the massive apparent difference in width between the side and centre seats gives it away.

  • Opus says:

    The truth about the WTP is I really don’t think it’s that tight. If Cathay manages to have 8 across on their A350 at 20 inches per seat, I think this will be fine. Great Job from BA

    • David says:

      CA has 2-4-2 in PE across their A350 too – it’s fine (in terms of hard product, at least).

  • Opus says:

    I think people just always look for something to complain about, and maybe that just shows that the some hate for BA is unwarranted and some of it is just follow the crowd hate. I do agree that the colours are very simple however, i believe they are nice at the same time, the blue and woodgrain effect are quite nice in my opinion, but who actually cares when it comes to the quality of the product? maybe one would have preferred 2-3-2 angled seats bursting with colour? someone said there’s no colour because BA are cheap LOL, like colour is more expensive? Ryanair must be quite the luxury then there’s dormitory style seating? i mean really? we are coming from an 8 across business class cabin and some of us are complaining about dormitory style? its an a350-1000! the first cabin is extremely long, even cathay has this set up. The product is fantastic and all the issues about the previous club world vanished with this product and the truth is, bar the qsuite not many products can compare. But then again everyone is entitled to their own opinion

    • Rob says:

      Colour is very important for mood. It isn’t purely decorative. White surfaces will also look pretty dirty pretty quickly.

      • Opus says:

        this is true, i believe mood lighting helps with this, but at the same time, in the grand scheme of things i believe the colour holds little bearing on the quality of the product, also i believe white has been used on materials that are easy to clean

        • Rob says:

          I think, when you see the new colourful Virgin Upper Class A350 cabin, you will think differently.

          • Opus says:

            I’ve seen the virgin new upper class, it’s nice, some hate the purple lighting all, I think it’s quite nice. It has a half door though, meaning less functionality than the club suite with very basic colour and a full door and I’m sure most would agree

      • Anna says:

        Leg room and personal space (and unlimited bubbly) have a much greater impact on my mood!

  • Michael says:

    World traveler looks very nice but a very similar to what Elal has on its 787-9 (TLV-LHR), its no wonder BA feels the pressure to roll this out on the TLV route especially after Virgin starting in Sep

  • Strawb says:

    Club Suite in fully flat position looks decidedly restricted just below the IFE screen. Surely from that photo your legs/lower torso would be pressing against the bottom of the IFE housing. Or is that a deceptive view?

    • Geoff says:

      Deceptive I think – that is the tray table as well below the screen, which slides down and towards you along that sloping rail. Plenty of space on the same seat on Saudia.

      • john says:

        Yeah it must be. As the checkered seat bit looks quite short to the shoulder strap but that has to house a large part of your body. The screen must cut probably half way through the thigh

  • Urty says:

    O/T any idea as to when the next BA luxury sale will occur? Thanks

  • Stephen says:

    OT – If I have the old Amex Gold Charge Card can I move to the new Gold Credit Card?
    Also, if I do this will I be exempt from the fee for my 1st year and 2nd can I be referred for this?
    I assume I would not get the 10k Bonus points as well?

    • Rob says:

      No bonus but, yes, you can hold both cards and you get the free first year and another 2 lounge passes.

  • Harry says:

    OT –

    Are there any benefits to having multiple amex log in? Especially with Amex Offers?

    1 account with have a charge card and a separate account could be used to manage your credit card, does it increase your chances of getting ‘better offers’ applied to both cards? rather than generous offer showing on one card only if an account has 2 cards?

    • Doug M says:

      Not sure anyone knows how this works. I find with a new account it takes time for any offers to appear. With multiple cards on the same account offers do appear on multiple cards. Most recent example the Morrisons offer. I had 10% on gold, but only 7% on platinum. That was repeated on the sup cards on both, both sups being in a single separate account.
      Not sure outside Amex that there’s anyone whod know. I get best offers on gold which sees most spending, despite plat fee being a lot more. However the very useful £200 off £600 with Amex Travel usually appears on the plat.

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