British Airways will be introducing the new Airbus A350-1000 next year. The carrier has also announced it will feature three classes, Club World, Premium Economy and World Traveller.
Much has been made about the fact that the aircraft will not feature First Class. Some predict the end of this class in Europe, but the reality is somewhat different.
British Airways Airbus A350
Anyone who has any knowledge of British Airways will know that First Class is not featured on all their aircraft. Many long haul jets are configured exactly the same as the new Airbus A350.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has no First Class, neither do some of the Boeing 777-200 fleet. Some of the BA network does not require the top cabin, such as the leisure routes out of London Gatwick.
When the Airbus A350 enters service in July 2019, they will also introduce the new business class product. This will be progressively rolled out across the entire fleet and at the same time First Class will be upgraded.
While speculation is rife, it has been stated there will be a fixed entertainment screen allowing gate to gate inflight entertainment. Also, evolution is another word that has come out, rather than revolution.
Time for a prediction. The new Airbus A350 will have a Club World product that retains the current yin yang arrangement and a cabin density that is close to now. Fixed screens will be at one end of the suite, and it will be as spacious as it is today.
While some moan that 8 abreast business class is terrible, I am not in that camp. The BA seat is spacious and only half and inch narrower on each side than some other long haul premium seats. Improvements will be welcome however and I am looking forward to seeing what comes.
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