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Flying BAs Airbus A350: deliveries, routes, reviews and more

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MADRID TRAINING FLIGHTS BOOKINGS AND MEET UP THREAD: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...ps-thread.html

British Airways has revealed the configuration for its Airbus A350-1000 (56J 56W 219Y):
  • 56 business class featuring all-new Club Suites
  • 56 premium economy
  • 219 economy
  • (BA maintains that no A350s will have first class)
Familiarisation flights to Madrid (starts August 6th):
First A350 flights have also been revealed:
  • 02 to 06 Sep, 09 to 30 Sep, and from 08 Oct 2019 daily to Dubai (DXB) - BA107/106
  • from 01 Oct 2019, daily to Toronto (YYZ) - BA92/93
  • from 01 Dec 2019, daily to Tel Aviv (TLV) - BA163/162
  • from 01 Jan 2020, daily to Bangalore (BLR) - BA119/118
  • from 01 Mar 2020, double daily to Dubai (DXB) - BA107/106 & BA105/104








More pics and details at https://www.ausbt.com.au/british-air...ess-class-seat
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Old Jul 13, 19, 2:10 am
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Old Jul 13, 19, 3:41 am
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There is no problem doing familiarisation on LHR-JFK, but if they need 10 sectors or so each, doing LHR-MAD-LHR is fewer days than LHR-JFK overnight JFK-LHR
10? Theyll just probably do 3 after plenty of times in the simulator.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 3:59 am
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10? Theyll just probably do 3 after plenty of times in the simulator.
Whatever number is specified by the CAA, as BA are doing out and backs it will be an even number. Simulator time is expensive, so after the required course better to finish on the aircraft, which is paid for by the passengers.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 4:37 am
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Whatever number is specified by the CAA, as BA are doing out and backs it will be an even number. Simulator time is expensive, so after the required course better to finish on the aircraft, which is paid for by the passengers.
And it's not just the crew in the pointy end that need the familiarisation, it's the ones in the back as well.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by rapidex View Post
Whatever number is specified by the CAA, as BA are doing out and backs it will be an even number. Simulator time is expensive, so after the required course better to finish on the aircraft, which is paid for by the passengers.
I expect the flight deck will be heavy crews (3 maybe even 4) on some of these familiarisation flights.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 7:16 am
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Old Jul 13, 19, 7:18 am
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Old Jul 13, 19, 7:35 am
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Hi all, first time poster

Im booked on BA107 in F from LHR to DXB next June with an onward connection to PER with EK.

Can anybody offer any advice about what will happen if the current 777 aircraft is replaced with an A350
and Im bumped to J. BA are still selling F seats for the flight.

Original booking was a QFF redemption.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 7:41 am
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Welcome to Flyertalk and welcome to the BA forum rustyj, it's great to see you here, and I hope we will see more of you.

If this happens you can get a refund, a rebooking on to alternative BA services (irrespective of redemption availability), rebooking on to another oneworld airline (if there is redemption availability), or accept the downgrade. In the latter case there is a reimbursement mechanism involved, full details in the EC261 thread, which you will find in the BA Forum Dashboard. There are quite a few "if" statements that would need to line up before this happens, so I wouldn't make any assumptions here.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 8:19 am
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Press - hence the invite is from the PR department.
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Old Jul 14, 19, 3:34 am
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Press - hence the invite is from the PR department.
I hope some members of the press will have enough prior knowledge of A350 aircraft operated by other airlines for interesting comparisons,

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Old Jul 16, 19, 4:01 am
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In other news, I have my invite for the delivery event on 26th.
Have you had any indication of what time it might be landing at Heathrow?
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Have you had any indication of what time it might be landing at Heathrow?
Around midday.
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Old Jul 16, 19, 12:48 pm
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Cross Post from the A350-1000 Meet Up thread, but G-XWBB is out and painted. Would be nice if some of the later runs in September are on frame #2 .



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Old Jul 18, 19, 9:34 am
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G-XWBA had its first customer acceptance flight today. It will be interesting to see how many BA will need for their 1st frame - still 8 days before delivery!! Wish I could have got an invite for the delivery - worth a trip from GVA!!
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