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BA Orders A318's!

Wed Oct 13, 1999 12:39 am

Associated Press on Oct 11 announces that British Airways ordered 12 A318's with options for another 12-first deliveries to take place Jan 2003.

This is the first non US aircraft purchase by BA in 30 years! This is significant.

How will Boeing respond?
Will other airlines take BA's cue and decide for Airbus?
Will BA then 'for sake of crew rating commonality' start looking at A319/A320/A321? Opinions?

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RE: BA Orders A318's!

Wed Oct 13, 1999 2:06 am

I believe that's why they went with the A318.
They already have orders for the 320 family.

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RE: BA Orders A318's!

Wed Oct 13, 1999 2:27 am

As Federico said, BA Already has A320 as part of their fleet so it is not surprising that they decided to go for the A318. Except the weird part is that they also use the 737.


RE: BA Orders A318's!

Wed Oct 13, 1999 8:57 pm

This can't be true! There was an earlier post saying that BA was going for the 717! Ba has already ordered the 717! Why are they getting the A320? The 717 would work perfectly for them! Oh well, I guess we will find out later who is right. Although, I thought that they were using the 717 for a 757 replacment. What are they replacing with the A318? The 737 maybe? Okay whatever.

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RE: BA Orders A318's!

Thu Oct 14, 1999 6:51 pm

This is a great news for Airbus and also for BA. Everybody knows that BA had to sale their getting old 737's so they choosed the A318/319/320's I'm sure also they will get in a near future the A321 to replace the 757, if you look around Europe you'll see most of the airlines flying this all family and their 757's too are getting really old ( they were one the first to be delivered! ). The 757 is mainly used in Europe so it can be replaced quite nice by the A321, look to Lufthansa, Air France, Iberia, Alitalia, Aer Lingus, Sabena, Finnair, TAP, Swissair, Austrian, they all use the 321 in they high density routes. Well BA also used the 757 to New York, I'm sure they'll replace by the 767-300ER.
BA as a nice fleet mix, medium to long-haul with 747-400, 777-200 and 767-300's, short to medium routes the A318/319/320 and of course soo the A321!
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RE: BA Orders A318's!

Thu Oct 14, 1999 7:04 pm

This is good news for Honeywell etc. (who supplies much of Airbus avionics) and other American parts supply companies; the loss is bad for Boeing but not for US manufacturing in general.

RE: BA Orders A318's!

Thu Oct 14, 1999 7:10 pm

According to Boeing the A318 is a twice-shrunk A320 which retains much of the latter heavier wing structure and is therefor not ideal as a 100-seat plane.