British Airways’ (BA) first Airbus A350-1000 was withdrawn briefly from service Aug. 10 after an incident led to the aircraft being checked by engineering staff.
The aircraft, which entered service less than a fortnight ago, is undergoing crew familiarization flights between London Heathrow and Madrid before it is placed on mid- and long-haul routes to Dubai in September, Toronto in October and Tel Aviv in December.
BA would only describe the event as “a minor technical issue on Saturday that led to one rotation being cancelled on Saturday night. The aircraft was checked by engineering teams and was back in service yesterday [Aug. 11]. It operated Madrid last night and again today.”
It added that the incident--which several enthusiasts’ websites claimed was an overspeed event in which the flaps were deployed for too long as the aircraft made a go-around in blustery weather on approach to Heathrow--“could have happened to any aircraft.”
Asked to comment that a flaps overspeed issue had led to the aircraft being checked over, a BA spokesman said, “There is a lot of pure speculation. A lot of people are jumping to conclusions.”