Toulouse, France - The first Airbus A350-1000 built for British Airways made its maiden flight. On July 2, British flag carrier's first Airbus A350-1000 carried out a successful test flight at the European manufacturer's Toulouse facilities in France.
The aircraft will be delivered to IAG (International Airlines Group) subsidiary airline later this month.
British Airways has A350-1000 on order with Airbus. The planes are intended to replace the Boeing 747s in the British operator's fleet.
The A350-1000 of the carrier is configured to accommodate 331 seats in total, of which 56 in a brand new Business Class.
The new Club Suite cabin offers 40% more space for Business Class customers with a 1-2-1 seating layout allowing direct access to the aisles for all passengers.
The aircraft will initially be deployed on London - Madrid route for crew training before starting flights from London to Toronto and Dubai from October, and then to Tel Aviv and Bengaluru.
This picture is worth a thousand words! Behold @British_Airways' first #A350-1000 on its maiden flight, taking the iconic Chatham Dockyard livery high in the skies. Follow along for a delivery in the coming weeks! pic.twitter.com/BIfONhhNrX— Airbus (@Airbus) July 2, 2019