20 MAY 2019
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Tel Aviv and Bangalore are the third and fourth long-haul cities to be added by British Airways to the destinations for its new Airbus A350-1000 fleet. Already announced is the inaugural route to Toronto on 1 October, followed by Dubai a week later.
The first aircraft is due to be delivered in July and will enter long-haul service after operating short-haul proving flights between London and Madrid. It will feature BA’s much-heralded new Business Class product (below), the Club Suite (BTN 25 March).
The London – Tel Aviv service will begin on 1 December, with the A350 replacing a Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner on this route and in direct competition with Virgin Atlantic, which is adding Tel Aviv to its network in September (BTN 11 February).
In BA’s case, the A350 will offer a marked increase in capacity over the Dreamliner it replaces, with Club World up from 35 seats to 56, World Traveller Plus from 25 to 56 and World Traveller from 154 to 219.
The Bangalore service is scheduled to begin from 1 January to become the fourth destination and the first in India to be served by the new A350, which is again replacing a Dreamliner.
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