British Airways Confirms Airbus A350 Madrid Schedule

British Airways has confirmed the dates of its Airbus A350 training flight to Madrid. Following its inaugural flight on the 5th of August, the Airbus A350 will fly to Madrid most days.

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British Airways received its first Airbus A350 last weekend. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

British Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A350, G-XWBA, on Saturday. As the aircraft’s delivery had been delayed, the airline revealed it to the world on Monday. The aircraft is truly stunning, and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, be sure to see our photos from the aircraft’s delivery!

First flight on Monday

The first British Airways Airbus A350-1000 flight with passengers will take place in just three days time on the 5th of August. The flight will be a flight unlike any other. In fact, the business class cabin has been blocked out for members of the media and VIPs.

While tickets were available in the economy cabin of the flight, it looks as though those have now sold out. Searching for flights from London to Madrid on the 5th doesn’t bring up any results for BA460. However, the seat map of the flight on expert flyer shows that the flight is being operated by an Airbus A350.

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The aircraft’s first commercial flight will take place on Monday. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Subsequent flights

Firstly, it is important to start this section with a disclaimer. The flights mentioned below are currently still scheduled as being operated by Airbus A320 family aircraft. It is always possible that flights can be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. As such, Simple Flying advises that passengers book these flights at their own risk in the knowledge that the aircraft may change.

From August 7th, the aircraft is scheduled to operate BA464 and BA465 on most days except for the 13th, 23rd, 24th, 31st. It will also operate as BA456 and BA457 on some days in August, however, British Airways was unable to confirm these dates for us.

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The aircraft will be flying to Madrid for staff training. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Club World Suites

The flights to Madrid will provide passengers with the opportunity to experience BA’s new Club Suites without committing to a long-haul flight. The new Club Suite is the first time that British Airways has seriously refreshed its business class offering in 13 years.

In fact, experiencing the new Club World suite is now on many frequent flyers’ travel bucket lists. Simple Flying was fortunate enough to experience the new seats on the ground on Monday. Featuring a closing door, the seats will become completely enclosed suites offering a high level of privacy.

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Simple Flying was given a tour of the new Club Suite cabin. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

The suites additionally have a fixed 18.5-inch in-flight entertainment display, providing business class passengers with gate to gate entertainment. Additionally, did we mention the new aircraft is equipped with WiFi?

Simple Flying will be onboard the Airbus A350’s inaugural flight on Monday to bring you a full trip review of the new Club World Suites cabin.

This story was originally reported by Head For Points, and independently confirmed to Simple Flying by British Airways.

Are you scheduled to fly on one of the Madrid training flights? Let us know in the comments!