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 18 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