Rolls-Royce builds for BA

British Airways has taken delivery of its first A350 aircraft powered by engines made in Derby by Bondholder Rolls-Royce.

The airline has ordered a total of 18 aircraft, all of which are powered by Trent XWB engines, designed, developed and built in Derby, and got its hands on its first A350-1000 at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The delivery of the first aircraft makes British Airways the first operator of the A350-1000 in the International Airlines Group (IAG). The new aircraft features a Club Suite section - the first new business class seat for British Airways in 13 years. It offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats.

British Airways, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will initially use the aircraft to fly between London and Madrid prior to flying long-haul routes from September.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet. This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite. The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering."