Quoting United Airline (Reply 6)
Will they replace them anytime soon?
Though recent quotes from BA
regarding aircraft orders have suggested that the next order will be a 767 replacement for delivery around 2010, there were suggestions last year that a further shorthaul order, using remaining options for A320 family members, could be made soon to elimininate the 33 737s. Add on to that the 10 CFM powered A320s inherited with the BCal takeover and the 13 757s (Now largely confined to the domestic Super Shuttle routes), and you could be looking at an order for 50-60 aircraft.
Personally though, I think it will be a few months yet before anything happens. BA
is still undertaking a full review of shorthaul, which Willie Walsh has supposedly taken an interest in already. This is partly related to the policy introduced by Rod Eddington that all services should deliver a 10% return. As Shorthaul at best is still just breaking even (A big improvement on a few years back though) this suggests something radical could emerge, e.g. single class product from Gatwick, more routes to GB
Airways, etc. Also, BA
is wanting to reduce turn a round times for aircraft, partly in readiness for the move to T5
, but that could increase utilisation and see fewer aircraft needed to maintain the existing flight programme. All in all I think some order will be placed, as BA
would benefit from LGW
being operated by a single type, either all A319s or A320s, rather than 737-300s, -400s and -500s.