This is interesting because, for the current August wave of training flights, BA has been very cautious about publicising the dates. The aircraft only appear in the timetable a few days before departure.
It looks like it is more confident about the 2nd aircraft because the flights are ‘official’ and bookable as A350 services.
When can I fly the British Airways A350 to Madrid?
The aircraft – which is presumably the 2nd one to be delivered – will fly to Madrid between Tuesday 1st October and Monday 7th October inclusive.
It will be doing TWO rotations per day:
06.20 Heathrow – 09.20 Madrid (BA456)
10.55 Madrid – 12.15 Heathrow (BA457)
16.45 Heathrow – 20.05 Madrid (BA464)
21.20 Madrid – 22.25 Heathrow (BA465)
If you are tempted to book one of these purely to try out the new Club Suite, PLEASE use Avios and not cash. There is a chance that the aircraft is switched out. You could get advance notice – if the aircraft is delivered late by Airbus it will be cancelled in advance – but it could also be pulled at short notice, since it would presumably be switched for the first A350 on the Dubai route if that aircraft developed any issues. The 2nd aircraft itself could also have problems as well of course.
If the times do not work, remember that the following services also use long haul aircraft and have flat beds in business class. You could mix and match these services with an A350 flight:
13.20 Heathrow – 16.45 Madrid (BA460 on a Boeing 777)
15.55 Madrid – 17.15 Heathrow (BA7058, Iberia codeshare on an A330)
18.15 Madrid – 19.40 Heathrow (BA461 on a Boeing 777)
18.45 Heathrow – 22.05 Madrid (BA7059, Iberia codeshare on an A330)
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