A couple of months ago British Airways revealed the Club Suite, which is the name of their new business class product. This product caught almost all of us off guard, as British Airways is going from offering a pretty lousy business class seat, to offering what looks like an excellent product.
The catch is that the rollout of this seat will be fairly slow. While most long haul planes should feature these seats within several years, in the meantime the A350 is the only plane that will guarantee these seats, since the A350-1000 is being delivered with this new business class seat.
British Airways’ planned A350 routes
At the same time that British Airways announced the new Club Suite, they also revealed the initial plans for the A350.
First British Airways will fly the A350 between London and Madrid for several months starting July 1, 2019. This is to familiarize crews with the plane and seats, and to work out any kinks before the plane starts long haul service.
After that, Toronto and Dubai will be the first cities to get the A350.
As of October 1, 2019, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Toronto:
BA93 London to Toronto departing 1:05PM arriving 3:55PM
BA92 Toronto to London departing 6:30PM arriving 6:40AM (+1 day)
Then as of October 8, 2019, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Dubai:
BA107 London to Dubai departing 12:45PM arriving 11:00PM
BA106 Dubai to London departing 1:30AM arriving 6:15AM
Well, now British Airways has announced a further two routes to be operated by the A350.
British Airways A350 will fly to Bangalore & Tel Aviv
In addition to Toronto and Dubai, British Airways has now revealed the next two A350 routes.
British Airways will fly the A350 between London and Tel Aviv as of December 1, 2019, with the following schedule:
BA163 London to Tel Aviv departing 8:55PM arriving 3:40AM (+1 day)
BA162 Tel Aviv to London departing 6:15AM arriving 9:40AM
Next, British Airways will fly the A350 between London and Bangalore as of January 1, 2020. The schedule for that flight is as follows:
BA119 London to Bangalore departing 1:45PM arriving 5:00AM (+1 day)
BA118 Bangalore to London departing 7:00AM arriving 12:40PM
We can expect that Toronto, Dubai, Tel Aviv, and Bangalore, will be the first four long haul destinations to be operated by the A350-1000. That’s because British Airways will only have four A350s by the end of 2019, and those routes use up all of those “frames.”
With a bit more efficiency they might be able to squeeze in one more short route, but I doubt that will happen.
On top of that we can expect that by the end of 2019 British Airways will also have two 777-300ERs in a new configuration, and we don’t yet know which routes those will be on.
What do you make of the first routes that British Airways chose for their A350s?