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FlyerTalk Takes on British Airways’ A350

FlyerTalk Takes on British Airways’ A350
Joe Cortez

Prior to the launch of British Airways’ Airbus A350-1000, FlyerTalkers were both nervous and excited for the newest aircraft to take flight. But after the airline’s first familiarization flight, those who took the first departure say it was a great experience that is worthy of trans-continental service.

When British Airways announced the updated cabin aboard their newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, FlyerTalkers were skeptical that the cabin experience could live up to the hype. But after a select few flyers decided to be the flight’s very first commercial passengers, many of those fears were put to rest and replaced with excitement.

A small contingency of FlyerTalkers were aboard British Airways Flight 464 from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Madrid Airport (MAD) when it first took to the skies on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. And after the nearly two-hour flight, all reviews of the new service were positive.

“Flew out in seat 1K on BA464 this evening and I have to say it was the most wonderful experience,” FlyerTalker IslingtonFlyer wrote on the forums after their experience. “Very comfortable, lots of space and love the [Club World Suites] door. Service was great…all crew very excited to be on board and chatting to all passengers constantly.”

“Very intimate and private, it’s quite noticeably a small and discreet cabin,” FlyerTalker corporate-wage-slave praised the Club World premium cabin. “However if there are noisy infants in row 15 there will be no escape.”

“The suite as a whole is a stunning product,” wrote VictorSierra on the forum thread for familiarization flight meetups. “There is plenty of storage space – various small compartments combined with the fact you can now store small bags underneath the footrest makes it very easy to keep essentials at hand during all stages of the flight.”

While there was a lot of good things to say and plenty of pictures to be shared, FlyerTalkers also pointed out some of the minor pitfalls on the flight. In particular, the new cabin layout does leave some things to be desired.

“The biggest drawback? The coffin shoe box,” corporate-wage-slave notes. “So if you are fully flat and sleep facing upwards, your toes will risk bashing the top of the box, under the seat in front. If you sleep on your side I can’t see that being an issue.

“Second biggest drawback is the very narrow aisles, some wider wheelies will need to be carried and passing someone mid aisle will be an intimate experience.”

FlyerTalker Dicksbits agreed with the narrow walkway observations. “The aisles remind me of the UD of the A380…quite narrow,” they write. “A couple had ventured into the wrong cabin and were making their way back. I’m tall and slim and they couldn’t pass me.”

But overall, the reviews are clear: British Airways finally has an aircraft that can compete internationally with other airlines.

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[Featured Image: British Airways/ corporate-wage-slave]

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