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Flying BA’s Airbus A350: deliveries, routes, reviews and more

Flying BA’s Airbus A350: deliveries, routes, reviews and more

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Best seats on A350 guide: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...on-thread.html
Future route speculation: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...my-flight.html
Background discussion on the Club Suites (historical): https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...on-thread.html
Madrid training flights - meetup thread (historical): https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...ps-thread.html

British Airways has revealed the configuration for its Airbus A350-1000 (56J 56W 219Y):
  • 56 business class featuring all-new Club Suites
  • 56 premium economy
  • 219 economy
  • (BA maintains that no A350s will have first class)
Familiarisation flights to Madrid (starts August 6th):
First A350 flights have also been revealed:
  • 02 to 06 Sep, 09 to 30 Sep, and from 08 Oct 2019 daily to Dubai (DXB) - BA107/106
  • from 01 Oct 2019, daily to Toronto (YYZ) - BA92/93
  • from 01 Dec 2019, daily to Tel Aviv (TLV) - BA163/162
  • from 01 Jan 2020, daily to Bangalore (BLR) - BA119/118
  • from 01 Mar 2020, double daily to Dubai (DXB) - BA107/106 & BA105/104








More pics and details at https://www.ausbt.com.au/british-air...ess-class-seat[/left]
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Old Jun 7, 19, 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by gw76 View Post
I still dont really get what a A350 can do that their existing 787/773/777x wont cover?
In terms of size the A350-1000 is almost identical to the 777-300ER. But, in terms of basic airframe weight, it is about 20 tonnes lighter (A350-1000 = 155 tonnes vs 777-300ER =175 tonnes). This means that it can fly the same route at significantly lower cost, and it has a basic range about 650 nm greater than that of the 77W. Interestingly, the 777-9X is heavier again (190 tonnes), but is a four frame stretch, so can carry more payload.

Many airlines that did not buy the A380 / 747-8 replaced the 747-400 with 77W (Cathay Pacific for example, there are many others), so in a sense this is the lens through which this size of airframe should be seen. So, this is a purchase of a more capable, large aircraft that will lower fuel costs significantly. In terms of passenger experience, the A350 is a far superior aircaft to the 77W. The new CW will enhance this further for BA, I expect.

Airbus will increase the maximum weight of the A350 in the next few years, which will increase range, opening new opportunities should BA wish to increase the fleet. Boeing are rumoured to be doing the same to the 787; indeed that is thought to have been a part of the deal for Air New Zealand for their follow on order last week. These developments are opening new avenues for very long range flights, so there are intriguing opportunities ahead.

As an aside, it is interesting to note how quickly some competitors have built their A350 fleets. For example, construction of the 41st A350 for Singapore Airlines was completed this week, the 43rd for Qatar Airlines is active at Toulouse, and Cathay Pacific now have 35. Feedback from the operators has been very positive.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 2:05 am
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They must be imminent... they’ve spray-painted “350-1k” and “350-9” graffiti-like on the ramp over at the T5C remote stand. Looks hilariously slapdash next to the professional yellow and black markings.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 5:01 am
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Those winglets look so tacky.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 5:40 am
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I think this photo does the aircraft more justice than the previous one
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:10 am
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Originally Posted by Trent900 View Post
Those winglets look so tacky.
I love the winglets. They are not as obvious as the sharklets on the A321T which I do think are a bit tacky. They considerable decrease drag too!
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:18 am
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Hi.

And they are painted too unlike the plain grey ones on the 744s

Regards

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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:19 am
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And they are painted too unlike the plain grey ones on the 744s

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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:27 am
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I was referring to the flag applied to them, not the design. Reminds me of Comair's hideous version of the BA livery.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:44 am
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Originally Posted by Trent900 View Post
Those winglets look so tacky.
I'm not so keen on them either. Seems more like someone's Photoshop fantasy than a good idea. Maybe because the 744 winglets never had a design on them, or maybe it's the narrower dimensions compared to tails, it just seems odd to me for the Chatham Historic Dockyard design to be on the 738/350 wingtips.

A logo, like EI have on the 330, okay. A mini tail design? My OCD takes notice…

Maybe I just don't like change…
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:53 am
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The winglets through me off initially, when it was still unpainted but now i see it with the full livery, the more i look at it the more i like it. i'll have final opinion when i see it person though.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by richardwft View Post
22cm is about one seat width, so may not be a problem.
So you’re the guy who designed the B787 Y seats?!

*shakes fist*

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Old Jun 7, 19, 11:01 am
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With the rise in smartphones with great cameras over the last 10 years+, putting a icon/logo
on the winglet was clearly a nice marketing gimmick for any of those pax taking a photo out of their window seat. Once it’s on Instagram or another social media post, it can be recognised. Shared, interest created etc etc and the social media/marketing world continues to grind.

I quite like the coloured winglets regardless of above. Albeit if they were a continuation of wing colour then all the same.

Anyhow, she looks great. The delivery must be imminent
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Old Jun 7, 19, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by rockflyertalk View Post
With the rise in smartphones with great cameras over the last 10 years+, putting a icon/logo
on the winglet was clearly a nice marketing gimmick for any of those pax taking a photo out of their window seat. Once it’s on Instagram or another social media post, it can be recognised. Shared, interest created etc etc and the social media/marketing world continues to grind.

I quite like the coloured winglets regardless of above. Albeit if they were a continuation of wing colour then all the same.

Anyhow, she looks great. The delivery must be imminent
Not due until mid-July I think. Still got cabin fit to go too. Happy to be corrected if changed of course.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by george77300 View Post
Not due until mid-July I think. Still got cabin fit to go too. Happy to be corrected if changed of course.
Probably a test flight or two, too!

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Old Jun 7, 19, 11:33 am
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Probably a test flight or two, too!

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Of course.
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