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30 Jul 2019

BY James Chapple

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First look at British Airways' new A350 Club Suite

British Airways has revealed its new Club Suite business class seat.

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First look at British Airways new A350 Club Suite

Club Suite will feature onboard BA’s new A350, the first of which arrived at Heathrow at the weekend.


BA will take delivery of 18 A350s in total, four of which will join its fleet this year.


Club Suite offers direct aisle access, a privacy slide and lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.


Each pod has an additional 40% storage over BA’s previous design, including vanity unit and mirror.


Other features include Wi-Fi, an 18.5-inch screen with in-flight entertainment, gate-to-gate HD programming and power sockets, including USB.


The aircraft is quieter, and is designed with higher ceilings and a greater focus on ambient lighting.


It also consumes 25% less fuel, which BA says will reduce carbon emissions “significantly”.


Besides a new 56-seat World Cabin, BA’s three-cabin A350 features 56 World Traveller Plus seats with better quality bedding, a greater focus on service and improved dining.


The aircraft’s 219 World Traveller economy seats, meanwhile, all have access to in-flight Wi-Fi.

A350 'a showpiece for British engineering'

A350 'a showpiece for British engineering'

Carolina Martinoli, BA director of brand and customer experience, said: “This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite.


“The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort onboard.”


Next month, BA’s first A350 will be deployed on its London-Madrid route to allow crew to polish their service and familiarise themselves with the aircraft layout.


From September, the aircraft will begin long-haul operations to Dubai, and then Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore by the end of this year.


During this time, a further three A350s will enter service, while two BA Boeing 777 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new cabin.


Finally, at the start of 2020, Club Suite will be rolled out on other long-haul aircraft across the BA network.

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