British Airways (BA) has taken delivery of its first of 18 A350-1000s, making it the first operator of the larger A350 XWB variant in the International Airlines Group (IAG). Iberia which is also part of IAG already operates five of the smaller A350-900s.
BA, celebrating its 100th anniversary, will initially use the aircraft to fly between London and Madrid prior to flying long-haul routes from September. BA operates a fleet of over 150 Airbus aircraft from the smallest A318 to the largest A380.
Airbus says the A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km). It features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines which the aircraft maker says gives it 25 per cent less fuel burn and emissions than similar sized aircraft it replaces.
At the end of June 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide.