British Airways Moves up Its Long-Haul A350 Operations by More Than 1 Month
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British Airways has changed the date for which we’ll see its new Airbus A350 enter long-haul operations. While the carrier had long planned to launch the the aircraft in its long-haul network between London (LHR) and Toronto (YYZ) on 1 October, it’s now being bumped up by more than a month. The aircraft with its new Club Suites business class product will now operate beginning 2 September between LHR and Dubai (DXB).
Flights BA107 and BA106 will operate the A350-1000 aircraft as of 2 September — following its introduction to service to Madrid (MAD) for crew familiarisation. BA107 will get the A350 only until 30 September, and BA 106 will get it until 1 October.
There are a couple of exceptions where the aircraft will not operate the route: BA107 will not have the A350 on 7 September and 8 September, and BA106 will not have the A350 on 8 September and 9 September. If you had originally booked a ticket in first class to Dubai (DXB) on the 777, you will be downgraded to the new Club Suites.
At this time, BA’s website is still showing BA107 and BA106 as operated by an older 777 aircraft. However, as God Save the Points reports, internal communications have confirmed that the aircraft will enter long-haul services as of 2 September to Dubai (DXB). TPG UK reached out to BA for confirmation but did not hear back by time of publication.
Club Suites is the biggest upgrade to British Airways’ Club World cabin since the last major upgrade in 2006. The upgrade comes at a time when its main UK-based transatlantic rival, Virgin Atlantic, is set to launch its version of the A350 and upgraded Upper Class product.
Featured photo by Nick Morrish/British Airways.