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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 ba.com 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.

Comments (49)

  • Andrew says:

    There really is no difference between the Club World meal and the Club Europe meal these days anyway – apparently a few pieces of lettuce in a peanut dish is a starter in a multi-course long-haul business class meal.

  • Richie says:

    I hope the FRA flight take off is on TV.

  • samframpton says:

    seats are now dead on all services

  • Magneto says:

    Was booked onto the afternoon flight to Madrid for next month and swapped to the A380, but all seats showing as grey & crossed out when I go to “choose my seat”. Anyone else having the same issue?

  • Fred S says:

    Does BA book with confidence policy apply to Iberia flights booked on BA?

  • Jordan D says:

    In the old days, this would be a great Saturday out – outbound LHR-MAD on the 380, up to FRA on the LAN 787 service, then back home on the 380 from FRA.

    Oh well …

  • manilabay says:

    Anybody know how to get the BA Booking ref if it was issued by Iberia for a BA flight (Mad to LHR on the A380) Their booking reference isn’t recognised by BA, and so can’t select a seat even using the redirect on IB’s site. Thanks.

  • Kevin D says:

    How about a few of us book onto the same flight and have a HfP party in Madrid!!!

    • elguiri says:

      or on the plane…

    • Nick B says:

      I am booked for a day trip on the 12th Nov. Out on the A350 with Iberia and back on the A380. My wife just accepts that I am an aviation geek, but cannot see the appeal of such a trip. Well up for a HfP party on the return leg.

      • Qrfan says:

        I’ve done various ex EU routings, tier point runs and even a t3 lounge crawl over the years but I can’t see any appeal in this either. What on earth is so special about legacy club world on an a380??? Literally the best thing about that cabin is the giant toilets, which seems a flimsy rationale for a day trip. Totally lost on me.

      • Graham says:

        Ha, I’m doing a similar thing, but out on the A380 and returning on the Iberia A350, having not yet flown either IB or on a 350. Both business class and a great opportunity for a little variety.

        • The cyclist says:

          Why? At least spend a few days in Madrid, so much to see, also these flights are set to be full of boring plane spotting anoraks.

          • Graham says:

            I am indeed spending a few days there, and am hoping not to have to take an anorak!

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