Congrats in advance on being a savvy traveller. While many people choose flights at random, it’s the clever ones that seek out the newest planes, and there’s good reason for that. British Airways aside, the Airbus A350-1000 is one of the best airplanes for passengers, offering air pressure on board which feels much more like things down on the ground, with lower noise levels and better humidity that makes long haul flights less of a grind..
Basically, it’s quiet, it’s beautiful and you’ll feel better if you’re battling jet lag. And for anyone who cares about sustainability in air travel, this plane consumes 25% less fuel than the previous generation of airliners.
Here are the best seats on the British Airways Airbus A350-1000 in World Traveller, World Traveller Plus And Club World Club Suites, and a few tips on how to reserve seats before others do. Hint: elite status is easier to achieve than you think, and it gets the best seats for free.
Best BA A350 World Traveller Economy Seats
The British Airways A350-1000 offers two World Traveller economy class cabins, separated by a galley area. The forward cabin on the plane is by far the smaller of the two, and if at all possible is definitely where any traveller will want to aim. Each BA A350 World Traveller seat offers 17.5'' width, 31'' pitch and a 10'' HD screen.
Best BA A350 World Traveller Plus Premium Economy Seats
Premium Economy is the new "it" cabin for airlines, offering an experience that's in line with what passengers expected in the so called "golden era" of air travel. Think: nicer drink service, better food, more checked bags and lots and lots more legroom, comfort, recline and amenities.
This new BA plane offers a huge step up for World Traveller Plus flyers, with both foot stools and seats which kick up extra leg support, almost like domestic first class. A350 World Traveller Plus offers 18.7'' width, 38'' of pitch and 12'' HD screens.
Best British Airways A350 Business Class Club Suites
You didn't think we'd leave without talking about these, did you? British Airways has introduced a completely new business class flying experience for the airline, moving away from forward and rear facing seats in a layout many would call 'dense'; to a set up of all forward facing "suites" complete with privacy door. To put it lightly, they're fantastic.
It's sharp, it's modern, it's functional but most importantly, it's downright comfortable and private. If there's any fear with this sleek new seat, it's the cannibalisation of first class. In fact, I doctored this photo above to mirror the colour scheme of the current "first" promo pictures. It's a compelling look.
If you want to track the roll out, including which routes will feature the new A350, or the new Club Suites, we've got the ultimate resource guide just for you, and no one else. Well, you and everyone with an internet connection.
Aside from a feature like an on-board bar - which would've been nice - this plane ticked all the boxes, and British Airways put in serious work to make it a world class aircraft in every cabin. All A350's feature smaller galleys than previous planes, so don't expect too much walking around room, but other than that, you really have to love it.
Here's a review of the Club Suites. GSTP is a proponent of the A350 on any airline, and this airline now offers a fantastic option. If British Airways service standards continue to improve, this is definitely an experience to watch in 2020, and well beyond.
You can check out British Airways Latest Sale for opportunities to try the A350 out for yourself.