Maiden flight for British Airways' first Airbus A350-1000

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.

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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.