Feeling salty over Sam’s invitation to British Airways Airbus A350-1000 media tour?

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Well… Why not turn the table around and book yourself onto one of their A350 training flights to Madrid?

According to the official confirmation obtained by OMAAT, the training flights will begin from 6th August to 31st August. Here are the flight details:

Training Flight 1:
BA464 London to Madrid departing 4:45PM arriving 8:05PM
BA465 Madrid to London departing 9:20PM arriving 10:25PM
Operating dates between 6th August and 30th August with the following exception: 13th, 23rd and 24th August.

Training Flight 2:
BA456 London to Madrid departing 6:20AM arriving 9:40AM
BA457 Madrid to London departing 10:55AM arriving 12:15PM
Operating on selected unknown dates between 6th August and 31st August

Do note that the above details are subjected to last minute changes. British Airways seems to only confirm the A350 as operating aircraft 2-3 days in advance. My advice is to book this as last minute in order to secure the A350 ride.

In case you have not been catching up on Sam, here is the video of his media tour on new British Airways‘ Airbus A350-1000.

New Business Class Club World Suite on Airbus A350-1000

The new Business Class Suite offers direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 seat configuration. Apart from having 40 per cent more storage than previous Business Class products, it also comes with its own sliding door to boost seat privacy.

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a bed in a plane

Click on the link below to find out more about the new Business Class Suite.

How to Book Yourself on These Training Flights

You can fly the new Business Class Suite without burning a hole in the pocket. There is a decent amount of award availability on British Airways Executive Club. One way Business Class between London and Madrid cost 15,000 Avios + $40 taxes.

For U.S based readers, don’t forget that American Express Membership Rewards is offering 40-50% targeted bonus for mileage transfer to British Airways Executive Club till 1st October.


The purpose of these training flights is for crew familiarisation. If you find that the London-Madrid flight is too short for you to enjoy, you can book yourself on the upcoming A350 Dubai flight which begins from 2nd September. Following Dubai, the next three destinations will be Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore.

Talking about turning the table around, shall we start a cheeky photo challenge for those who are going to be on these training flights?