It is not true to say that BA
have ruled out the A380, in last week's BA
News Rod Eddington said nothing of the sort, where do these myths come from?
What he did say is that BA
are not ordering any aircraft for the foreseeable future, nothing new in that, it's been fact for 3 years.
's average fleet age is 8 years, BA
has massive debts to clear, BA
will first order a 757/767 replacement, for around 2010, clearly between the A350 and 7E7.
A recent comment by a member of BA
's fleet planning department, pointed out that when the time comes to replace B747-400's, probably the original G-BNL- batch onwards delivered from 1989, Airbus will be keen to break into the BA
longhaul fleet, which will inform their marketing and pricing.
has no trouble operating aircraft maybe older than competitors, we happily operated B747-100's right to the end of the 1990's, aircraft that were delivered from 1970 onwards, so if BA
desire to wait for A380, if they want to, that's fine.
have issues to sort out, they were probably hurt more that any non US airline by Sept 11th, BA
had to (unlike US majors) pay for enhanced security themselves, BA
have no Chapter 11 to fall back on, get in the shit like Alitalia? Then BA
are on there own, no handouts.
, being the crowded place it is, will probably see eventually A380's in BA
colours, even if some sort of 747adv is launched, which BA
might buy as well.
But a 757/767 replacement comes first, but not for a few years, if you are waiting for new BA
aircraft orders, you've a long wait.
But I don't see BA
A380's in the numbers similar to the 747-436 fleet, BA
do like frequency, but as air travel keeps on expanding, as LHR
becomes more crowded, the case for a BA
A380 will probably become stronger, particulary if 747adv does not match A380 capacity, even in any stretched form.
Though 747adv would be a logical replacement for maybe much of the 747-436 fleet.