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Designed For Comfort: Inside British Airways’ First Airbus A350

British Airways’ first Airbus A350 with registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow Airport last weekend, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, Club Suite.

The newly-branded 'Club Suite' offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Designed for today's customer, the Club Suite offers 40% more storage, vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and USB power.

As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience.

The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.

In a world first, the airline mapped out their new Club Suite and A350 in lasers within the British Airways Laserdrome, a 100 square metre structure, towering 6 and a half metres high.

The A350 will start short-haul flying between London and Madrid to allow the crew familiarise with the aircraft. In September, it will begin long-haul flying to Dubai, followed by Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore.

The arrival of the A350 is part of British Airways £6.5bn current investment programme. It will take delivery of 18 A350s, with four joining its fleet before the end of the year.

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