British Airways has started the first transatlantic service using its new Airbus A350.

The Toronto connection followed trails of the new generation aircraft and its first long-haul service to Dubai last month.

The A350, featuring the airline’s new Club Suite business class, will then be deployed to Tel Aviv and Bangalore later this year.

The A350 has flown more than 15,400 miles between London and Madrid since being delivered earlier this year, completing 40 take-offs and landings to put the aircraft through its paces, test all aspects of its technical performance and to further familiarise the airline’s crew with the service they will deliver.

The airline has also simulated a long-haul flight on the ground at Heathrow.

BA North America sales vice president Gerard McEvoy said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our new A350 from Toronto, a city we’ve flown to and from for nearly 60 years.

“The A350 and our new Club Suite business class seat deliver new levels of sophistication, comfort and privacy, and we’re proud to share this with our Canadian customers.”