British Airways: A look inside the new BA A350 plane
As part of a £6.5 billion push to boost passenger experience, British Airways is to welcome a range of 73 new aircraft to its fleet in the next five years, including the A350 and 787-10 Dreamliner. While the first departure of the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is fast approaching, eager travellers can look to the new A350 to gain an insight into what life on board BA’S newest fleet will look like.
The latest redesigns boast a modern twist on the luxurious airline experience BA passengers know and love.
The two new models will make up a chunk of the British carrier’s long-haul fleet, introducing modernised cabins from First Class right through to World Traveller. Passengers can enjoy updated dining across all cabins, new bedding and amenity kits, access to power at every seat and, for the first time onboard Wi-Fi.
Though the 787 is not anticipated to take to the skies for another month, the A350 jetted off in August 2019 taking over the long-haul service to Dubai and Toronto.
Tel Aviv and Bangalore will be added to the flying programme this year.
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The new World Traveller Plus cabin is noticeably sleeker
A look inside the Club Suite
According to a BA spokesperson, the A350 boasts “25 percent lower fuel burn significantly reducing CO2 emissions.”
While the environmentally friendly factor of the aircraft is certainly one of its draws, it’s what is going on within the plane’s walls that will really enhance the passenger experience.
The state-of-the-art passenger plane is the first to premiere BA’s new business class cabin – the Club Suite – eliminating First Class.
Made up of 56 seats, the new and improved suite will also feature on the 787.
BA has plans to then have Club Suite retrofitted into the rest of its long-haul fleet over the next few years.
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From comfort to privacy, the new business class seat offers direct aisle access thanks to the 1-2-1 cabin configuration.
A suite door has been added to give passengers their own space while seats can lay fully flat to allow for a peaceful sleep.
Each seat will also benefit from 40 percent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror.
Furthermore, smaller intricacies such as the height of the tray table have also been taken into consideration.
The new seats in the Club Suite cabin
A seat in World Traveller
The tray table is said to be positioned slightly higher, allowing passengers to avoid rolling into it if they choose to lay down for a snooze.
A BA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Every aspect of British Airways’ Club Suite has been designed for today’s customer and was directly influenced by customer feedback.”
However, it isn’t just business class customers who will reap the benefits of BA’s investment.
Throughout the plane, reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting aim to create a relaxing environment.
“Higher levels of humidity and lower cabin pressure will leave customers feeling more refreshed after their flight,” explained the BA spokesperson.
Throughout the plane, the same aesthetic is continued, with navy padded seating, cream and wood panelling, and flashes of BA’s prestigious silver symbol emblazoned on various elements of each cabin.
A navy, cream and silver colour scheme, already instantly recognisable in union with the British carrier, is continued throughout.
World Traveller Plus, made up of 56 seats, is noticeably sleeker in its design than its predecessor.
Meanwhile, the 216-seat World Traveller is made up of two cabins – a smaller front cabin and a larger rear cabin. Seats are in a 3-3-3 configuration, each with their own individual entertainment system.
The 787-100 Dreamliner is anticipated to offer equal measures of comfort.
However, unlike the Airbus A350 will be delivered with a small first-class cabin at the front of the aircraft.
The countdown is its on, with passengers travelling to Atlanta being the first to experience the modernised flight.
The new 787 is to depart in March.