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NOW BOOKABLE: British Airways A380 flights to Frankfurt and Madrid

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As we exclusively announced a couple of weeks ago, British Airways will be running A380 aircraft between London Heathrow and Frankfurt / Madrid in November.

This is being done to allow cabin crew to become familiar with the aircraft again after 18 months away. The A380 fleet will then move to the Dubai, Los Angeles and Miami routes, with Dallas Fort Worth also being considered.

Flights are now confirmed. If you’ve never flown an A380, or just want to get back in the air on a flat bed for the day, this is your chance.

British Airways A380 to Frankfurt and Madrid

What is the timetable for A380 flights to Frankfurt and Madrid?

This is what you need to know:

  • Flights start on Monday 8th November
  • Flights end on Thursday 2nd December, ahead of the start of long-haul operations
  • A380 aircraft will operate seven days per week

Frankfurt (Sun-Fri):

You are looking for the BA902, departing Heathrow at 07.10 and arriving into Frankfurt at 09.55.

The return flight is BA903, leaving Frankfurt at 11.25 and arriving at Heathrow at 12.15.

Frankfurt (Sat):

The flight swaps to an afternoon departure, leaving Heathrow at 15.55 and landing at 18.40.

The return leaves Frankfurt at 20.10, landing in Heathrow at 21.00.

Madrid (Sun-Fri):

The outbound flight is BA462, leaving Heathrow at 15.15 and landing in Madrid at 18.45.

The return departs Madrid at 20.15 and lands in Heathrow at 21.30.

Madrid (Sat):

The flight swaps to a morning departure, leaving Heathrow at 06.20 and landing at 09.55.

The return leaves Madrid at 11.25, landing in Heathrow at 12.55.

Times may vary slightly from day to day.

Before you book ….

If you are thinking of trying one of these flights:

  • check on that the flight is showing an A380 aircraft – you do this by clicking the ‘Flight Details’ button during the flight selection process. This should pop up:
A380 British Airways
  • you have NO RIGHTS if British Airways swaps your flight back to an A320 and you lose your Club World flat bed – although you can of course take a ‘Future Travel Voucher’ and use that to rebook
  • feedback on Flyertalk this morning (see here) is that you cannot book the Upper Deck in Club World – this may or may not be a bug, and may change based on customer demand and/or BA’s need for crew to get experience of working the Upper Deck
  • you cannot book First Class
  • this should go without saying, but in Business Class you will only receive standard Club Europe food – not the full Club World meal service
  • there isn’t a huge amount of value in booking these flights in Economy Class, although obviously you will have a fairly empty cabin – the real value is the Club World flat bed
  • no A380 aircraft have the new Club Suite
  • there is a chance that the IFE system is not switched on, although you should be OK

Enjoy your trip! We may see you on one.

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Comments (53)

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  • Steve in Croydon says:

    TYPO: For both routes the article says “seven days per week” and then lists flights as (Sun-Mon) and then different on Saturday.
    Surely you meant to say (SUN-FRI) (6 days) not (Sun-Mon) (2 days).

    • Rob says:

      Yes, sorry. This got messy because version 1 failed to spot that Saturday was different so I did a version 2 on the hoof, which is never clever.

  • B says:

    Can anyone actually select seats on these? I only see rows 1-4 on main deck and 50-59 on the upper deck but the website is completely broken and doesn’t display properly either. It has allocated me 10K but this doesn’t even show up on the map.. it’s all very strange

  • Sarah says:

    Hi there, if you fly in business from Frankfurt, does that give you free access to a lounge? Cheers

  • Manu says:

    I booked club Europe and have been put in the PE section. I’m gold and there’s no option to see any seats in biz. Very disappointed 🙁

    • Simon says:

      Are you sure? World Traveller Plus seats are on the upper deck which will be closed for the flights.
      If you have booked Club Europe then you should be in a Club World seat Row 10 to 15

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