British Airways receives its first Airbus A350

British Airways A350
Photo: © Clément Alloing

British Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The British flag-carrier ordered eighteen A350 jets in August of 2012. Furthermore, the airline has outstanding orders for A320neo and A321neo aircraft. Additional Boeing 777-300ER, 777-9 and 787-10 airplanes have been ordered as well.

The introduction of the A350 with British Airways also launches the British flag carrier’s new business class product, dubbed Club Suite.

British Airways is due to receive four A350-1000 aircraft in 2019, with subsequent deliveries set for September, November and December. True to form, British Airways has registered the aircraft with a registration that relates to the aircraft type. In this case, the registrations will be G-XWB*, with XWB being Airbus’ marketing name for the A350, standing for ‘Xtra Wide Body’.

After a period of operating flights from London Heathrow to Madrid to familiarise the crews with the new aircraft, the initial routes for the A350 will be from Heathrow to Toronto, Dubai, Tel Aviv and Bangalore.

Update as of July 26th, 2019, 12:00 UTC:
The scheduled delivery flight has been cancelled on Friday. The aircraft is expected to leave Toulouse for London Heathrow on Saturday.

Read more: British Airways placed an order for Boeing 777X jets in February.