British Airways rejigs its A350 launch route

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British Airways announced a major change last night which will impact anyone hoping to catch the new A350 – and the new Club Suite – in action.

The original plan was that Toronto would see the first flight on 1st October, although there was always a view that this date would come forward if the plane was delivered on time and in working order.  Dubai was due to follow from 8th October.

BA has now torn up this plan.

The first A350 flight will now be to Dubai on Monday 2nd September.  As the A350 has no First Class, passengers booked on the affected Dubai service will offered a downgrade to Club Suite:

First British Airways A350 route

…… which is not a bad alternative. does not yet reflect this but it has been announced on the BA Travel Trade website.  It will be the day flight out and the overnight flight back.

BA A350 first route

This also means that the plans for training flights to Madrid have been changed.  A draft schedule has been circulating on Flyertalk for a few weeks but we didn’t publish it here because we were told that it was a draft which would see considerable changes – it seems this was true.

Don’t worry – as soon as the Madrid training flights appear in the timetable we will let you know.

In terms of timing, there is a special arrival event for the media at Heathrow on Friday 26th July.  This is followed on Monday 5th August by a media / VIP flight to Madrid, for which the Club Suite cabin has been blocked, followed by a party.  We will be at both events.

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  1. C F Frost says:

    1000 miles off topic… a while back, an advertiser on this site ran an advert for their business which I seem to recall was all about getting your child into Oxbridge. A brilliant observation made by someone was that the animated young fellow in the advert appeared not only to be enjoying that prospect but possibly also something in his trouser faculty. That has always stuck and I want to find out whether the company is still going thanks to the HfP publicity. Can anyone recall the business name?

    • EwanG says:

      That’ll be Allen & Jain.
      Your memory is better than mine about remembering the excitement!!

      No idea if they are still going, but not surprising they have not returned to HFP to advertise after feedback last time.

      • Lady London says:

        Have juste had an advertisement about a cannabis loyalty program and cannabis retailing pop up on HfP.

        As cannabis is still illegal to sell in the UK and Europe as far as I know, does this put HfP in the position of living off immoral earnings?
        Whoever’s selling the advertising space
        probably technically is.

        • Sloth says:

          Probably why Rob was late logging on this morning…he was out late last night going to the 24hr garage to satisfy ‘the munchies’…😉😀

        • On a serious note, I assume you are all aware that it’s _almost_ always the case that sites have no knowledge or control over the adverts. They sell the advertising space to an advertising network – often, although not always, Google – and the advertising network then displays adverts in that space – actually different adverts to each visitor.

          Websites don’t sell adverts – they sell a space on the site where adverts can appear. Blaming HfP for the adverts is like blaming the manufacturer of your TV for the fact that there was something offensive on one of the satellite channels last night….

          It sucks, but that’s the Internet. (And it’s part of why I use an ad blocker – sorry, Rob!)

          • And to add, I’m pretty sure Rob isn’t breaking any laws by selling advertising space to Google (I”m pretty sure he’s said it is Google he uses for his ads). Google may well be breaking some laws if they’re advertising Cannabis products in the UK. They’ll no doubt argue they’re not responsible for the content of the adverts, either, although whether that’s legally true is up to the courts and not Google…

      • Shoestring says:
  2. And this is the whole reason I haven’t yet booked my MAD for next month yet. I purely want the a350 flight to do a review of club suite in terms of accessibility for WCHC passengers. The one thing I’m going to love is direct aisle access and finally being able to sit in LH club by a window! (BA currently don’t allow WCHC pax in club world window seats for obvious reasons – no direct aisle access).

    • Lady London says:

      What’s WCHC?

      • Brian W says:

        WCHC – Passengers who are completely immobile and require a wheelchair to/from
        the aircraft and must be carried up/down the steps and to/from their cabin seat.

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