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BA’s fourth A350 plane is damaged by the painters!

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In one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered this year, the delivery date for the fourth British Airways A350 aircraft has been delayed due to a painting accident.

This has practical implications for many HFP readers.  If you had been booked on an A350 service in December or January, especially if you were booked into Club Suite, you should keep an eye on your booking.  Dubai is believed to be the main casualty.  As BA is now an aircraft down, it will have no choice but to substitute a non-A350 and non-Club Suite aircraft on some services.

BA A350 damaged at the Toulouse paintshop

FlightGlobal first ran the story.  This would have taken place at the Airbus factory in Toulouse.  To quote:

Airbus is undertaking repairs to a British Airways Airbus A350-1000 after the twinjet was damaged during the final stages of the production process.

The aircraft suffered an “incident”, the airframer confirms, although it has not disclosed the nature of the event or the location of the damage.

Airbus says it is “working with the customer” with the aim of delivering the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft in December.

FlightGlobal understands, from a source familiar with the situation, that the A350-1000 was parked in a paint shop and sustained surface damage from one of the many pieces of equipment that surround the aircraft in such facilities.

“Airbus has assured us that the aircraft will be fully repaired and delivered shortly,” says British Airways, without elaborating on the circumstances.

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Comments (167)

  • BJ says:

    OT: Uber loses license tio operate in London.

  • EC says:

    Not sure what exchange rate you’re using for Euros but at 1.17 (which is where it is currently) – the 34,000 deal works out 1.0784p an Avios

  • LewisB says:

    OT: Anyone tried booking LATAM cash fares today through their website? Continuously get an error message once asked for payment info. Tried on Google Chrome, the dreaded IE and my mobile. Side note that I was pleasantly surprised to see Row A seats bookable for £4.30!

    • Lady London says:

      If there’s a Paypal option, I’ve known that to work on another site that sporadically does everything except accept payment on the credit cards displayed.

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    Anyone received avios redemptions via T C B since the 15th Nov?

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T are we hoping for anything much from HFP favourites in Black Friday week?

    Best I’ve done so far is 4x 4l cans of engine oil, clearance/ down from £47 to £4 with code BF – so £200 of oil for £16. Seems an odd spec but I looked it up and it satisfies the Castrol Edge 5w/40 BMW LL-01 and LL-04 spec (which retails for £68/ 4l!). Plenty of stock around plus there are other similar Gulf clearance oils available @ECP if you’re interested.

    The Air New Zealand £100 fares are up soon, I think?

    • BJ says:

      Good deal on a sound budget android tablet might be of interest to some:
      I think I also saw that Very have their cheap route to buying a new iphone running again this year. Travel-related deals seem thin on the ground. Travelodge just sent an email about Christmas deals.

      • Sussex bantam says:

        What’s the iPhone deal ? Daughter needs a new one…

        • Shoestring says:

          check HUKD – big discount code + good price on iPhone when you sign up to Very Credit a/c I think – nothing to worry about, I did the same a few years ago to get a massive discount on something then if you don’t use the credit it drops off your Experian report etc after a couple of years

          • Shoestring says:

            yep it’s a code/ discount + credit a/c, giving up to £200 discount on Apple products
            iPhone 11 – £120 Back
            iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max – £200 Back
            iPhone Xs & Xs Max – £120 back
            iPhone 8 & 8 Plus – £80 back
            iPhone XR – £120 back

          • Sussex bantam says:

            Got it – thanks !

    • Lady London says:

      Lots of deals have come out early tis year – as Thanksgiving is exceptionally late. I’m certain I won’t see anything better by the actual Black Friday, than I have hoovered up on a few things I have been watching on ebay and amazon.

      Related to travel, for those that don’t have this on an Amex a couple of the vehicle hire excess people have some deals. Particularly useful for anyone considering an annual policy. I haven’t had time to check whether any nasty terms have snuck in on the ones I use, similar to the one on some annualtravel policies which says that as soon as you claim the policy is void for the rest of the year. But I will be buying annual vehicle hire excess this time, as I have just enough trips and the cost of cover for very short hires has rocketed this year. Bettersafe has “Blackfriday19” code and I’ll use links from Volde sites to check some of their competition.

    • Cat says:

      Last year I got a new Kindle, and was astonished that anyone would think a waterproof one was necessary (in all my years I’ve never felt the need to fling a paperback in the swimming pool, why would I do so with electronics now?). Three weeks later, I’m lying on Anse Cocos on La Digue, my enormous sunhat blocking my view of the encroaching tide, when suddenly an enormous wave engulfs me, my beach towel, my clothes and my brand-spanking-new-non-waterproof Kindle.

      Waterproof Kindles are down to £85!

      (I paid my subscription Rob)

  • Michael says:

    OT: I bought numerous of the NOW TV bossets with the bonus cc points at Tesco. Now all of my remianing vouchers have expired and the Now TV team say vouchers were valid for 1 yer and htis info was printed on the boxes.

    I cannot remember there was any similar info. I lost about GBP 130 of vouchers. Anyone here have same problems? I remember there were loads of people here buying these.

    What can I do now

    • Shoestring says:

      NowTV Chat people are very pleasant provided you are pleasant in return!

      They typically give you a new voucher code if you explain you can’t get an existing one to work. Did it just on Friday to get a new 1 week Sports code (the old £2 ones from CD Keys seem to have been cancelled).

      • Michael says:

        Hi Shoesring, thank you. I was pleasant in the beginnig, but they continue to offer a 1 month code in return for 10times more worth of vouchers lost.

        What about small claims court etc, any chance there or what do you recomend?

  • Michael says:

    OT: I bought numerous of the NOW TV box-sets with the bonus cc points at Tesco. Now all of my remaining vouchers have expired and the Now TV Team say vouchers were valid for 1 year and this would have been clearly on the boxes.

    I cannot remember there was any of the info printed on the boxes and checked this at the time of buying. I lost about GBP 130 of vouchers. Anyone here have same problems? I remember there were loads of people here buying these.

    What can I do now, as their customer services are reluctant to offer me more than a single 1 month voucher?

    • Shoestring says:

      looks like the dupe monster got the earlier replies

      the answer is simple: set up different a/cs and claim 1 month on each of them in due course via Chat, you’ll also be able to get all the free trials first

      don’t be shy, there are plenty of us with 30+ NowTV a/cs, they even suggest it themselves (setting up a new a/c) if you can’t get a code to work

      • BJ says:

        Simple but brilliant 🙂 Only problem I see is they might not offer anything for one voucher but still worth a try, nothing ventured…

    • Lady London says:

      It was prominently enough in the boxes. Even I saw it (normally I miss those things).
      If it makes you even better,however, I’ve bought about 4 of these across 4 years, and never used the voucher,and never got around to selling it either for any of them 🙁

    • Fenny says:

      This is a total fabrication by Now TV. Up until about this time last year, vouchers had no expiry date. Then they suddenly realised that people were buying them up in bulk and using them serially and started saying they had expiry dates. None of them ever had dates printed on them. I’ve probably got a couple knocking around somewhere, but can’t try them, as I got 12 month deals for both entertainment and movies last Black Friday and didn’t activate them until March.

  • BJ says:

    @Genghis could have shifted those for you for a small fee 🙂 It is true the expiration dates were printed on them, vouchers too if I recall correctly, not the boxes.