In late July, British Airways took delivery of their first Airbus A350-1000. The airline has a total of 18 of these planes on order, which are being delivered at a fairly quick pace.
British Airways had announced their first four A350 destinations before they even began service with the plane, and they’ve now updated their schedule to reveal the next four destinations, all of which are in the US.
British Airways’ A350s Feature New Club Suites
In March 2019, British Airways revealed their new Club Suite, which is the name of their new business class product. This caught almost all of us off guard, as British Airways is going from offering a pretty lousy business class seat, to offering an excellent product.
The catch is that the rollout of this seat will be fairly slow (here’s a timeline of the rollout by aircraft type). 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’ First Four A350 Routes
British Airways had revealed their first four long haul A350 routes before the plane even entered service, and as of now three of those four routes are operated by the A350.
British Airways’ first four A350 routes are as follows:
British Airways’ A350 Dubai Flights
Since September 2, 2019, British Airways has been operating 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
British Airways’ A350 Toronto Flights
Since October 1, 2019, British Airways has been operating 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)
British Airways’ A350 Tel Aviv Flights
Since December 1, 2019, British Airways has been operating the A350 on the following frequency between London and Tel Aviv:
BA163 London to Tel Aviv departing 8:55PM arriving 3:40AM (+1 day)
BA162 Tel Aviv to London departing 6:15AM arriving 9:40AM
British Airways’ A350 Bangalore Flights
As of January 1, 2020, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Bangalore:
BA119 London to Bangalore departing 1:45PM arriving 5:00AM (+1 day)
BA118 Bangalore to London departing 7:00AM arriving 12:40PM
British Airways’ Next Four A350 Routes
While there hasn’t been a formal announcement, British Airways has updated their schedule to reflect four further A350-1000 routes over the coming months. I imagine these remain subject to change, especially given the lack of a formal announcement. However, they do already show as bookable.
So here are the new four routes:
British Airways’ A350 Washington Dulles Flights
As of March 29, 2020, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Washington Dulles:
BA293 London to Washington departing 5:10PM arriving 8:20PM
BA292 Washington to London departing 10:20PM arriving 10:35AM (+1 day)
British Airways offers 2x daily flights in the market, with the other flight being operated by a 747.
British Airways’ A350 Philadelphia Flights
As of March 29, 2020, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Philadelphia:
BA67 London to Philadelphia departing 12:40PM arriving 3:35PM
BA66 Philadelphia to London departing 6:40PM arriving 6:50AM (+1 day)
British Airways offers 2x daily flights in the market, with the other flight being operated by a 777.
British Airways’ A350 Austin Flights
As of March 29, 2020, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Austin, which will mean the airline will no longer offer first class to Austin:
BA191 London to Austin departing 11:55AM arriving 4:15PM
BA190 Austin to London departing 6:30PM arriving 9:50AM (+1 day)
British Airways’ A350 Boston Flights
As of August 1, 2020, British Airways will operate the A350 on the following frequency between London and Boston:
BA203 London to Boston departing 5:10PM arriving 7:45PM
BA202 Boston to London departing 9:35PM arriving 9:10AM (+1 day)
British Airways offers 4x daily flights in the market, with one other flight being operated by an A380, and two other flights being operated by 777s.
British Airways 777s & 787s Also Get Club Suites
British Airways’ second aircraft type to exclusively have Club Suites is the 787-10, the first of which will be delivered early next year. The plane will debut on the Atlanta route, and will also be flying to Seattle as of next summer.
On top of that, British Airways is in the process of reconfiguring some 777s with their new Club Suites. They started flying these in October to New York.
We should see quite a few of these flying to New York, and the reason is that they’re trying to compete with Virgin Atlantic, which is putting their first A350-1000s on the New York route, featuring new Upper Class seats.
The reason they’re putting the 777s on the New York route rather than the A350s is because the 777s will still have eight first class seats, and New York is a market where first class sells.
First class on reconfigured 777s & 787-10s
British Airways has now scheduled eight A350 routes, with the last of the eight launching next August, less than a year after they took delivery of their first such plane.
Between the A350-1000, as well as the 787-10s that are being delivered, along with the 777s being reconfigured, there are an ever-increasing number of options for flying Club Suites, which is awesome.
Do you plan on flying on any of these new A350 US routes?