This is my understanding:
The longhaul fleet will remain primarily 772 and 744 with a handful of 763s operating thin routes. BA
has stated that its not interested in the A380 at the present time, its simply too big for most routes. BA
, down the road, will look to replace the 744s with a mix of 747Advanced (if launched), 773ERs and it is likely that, at that point in time, BA
will then take another look at the A380. The 763s are scheduled for an interior update and will remain in the fleet for the foreseeable future, thus, a 7e7 order will not be placed at the current time, but its likely that the 7e7 will replace the 757/767 fleet in the longer term. Also, BA
has stated that it is not interested in being a launch customer for new aircraft types....a money saving item....there are some additional costs associated with introducing a new type to service that may or not may be offset by aggressive prices usually offered to launch customers.
The short-haul fleet will consist of the A32X family, a handful of 757s and 767s where capacity or range is needed (the 757s that remain in BA
's fleet are rather new) and the 734s which were delivered new to BA
around 1990. BA
still has a good number of leased in 2nd generation 737s that were acquired second hand (to cover the period between the sell-off the the older 757s and the delivery of the new A32X aircraft) and it is likely that these second hand 737s will be the next group of aircraft to be retired. In the next couple years, BA
will make a decision regarding the replacement of the 734 fleet as well as the "original" A320s that BA
acquired via the Bcal deal - of course, the likely replacements are more A32X aircraft, but we could see some type super-sized regional jets mixed into the order for operations out of Manchester and Birgminham.