They will continue to operate a point to point operation
Err? If BA
don't epitomise hub-and-spoke, who does?
I could see the 7E7 being a good 'fit' for BA
, but there are plenty more airlines out there who would be more keen to get the first.
The refueling mods, even in removable kit form, add weight and drag to the host planes, making them less efficient than non-tanker-modified 767s (or A330s, for that matter).
Perhaps so; but there would still be takers if the lease isn't too expensive.
As far as tankers are concerned, Boeing are no longer on home territory so they won't get the deal by default. If the MOD
is looking for home-made hardware, Airbus is in a better position; if the MOD
are just looking for the lowest bidder, then... err... Airbus is still in a better position.
It's a very interesting proposition, though. Hey, why hasn't anybody offered the MOD
some bargain deals on Land Rovers / Pinzgauers, in exchange for leasing them out as taxis / buses during peacetime?