Bit sketchy, but the Bishop (as he's known) has mentioned in his speeches adding one or more longhaul aircraft to the fleet every year for the next few years.
I'm not sure if they have any more outstanding options at Airbus for the A332 but those are the aircraft I'd expect to see arriving. The mainline fleet is rationalised around Airbus and Embraer, with Baby flying the 737s inherited from mainline and some others which have come and gone as a result of fleet adjustment.
I wouldn't even put it past him to do an ILFC or GECAS lease for a 752 for MAN
as this aircraft has been successful on that route. However another A332 is probably indicated in the short term. The proposed VS MAN
service might free up aircraft days as BD
is currently doing that route in co-operation with Virgin Holidays.
As for the comments about SV
flying that route, LHR
is operated by that airline using their onboard policies. Not every traveller cares for the way they do their service and an alternative could be successful. One reason BA
pulled out was security concerns, and BMI
is not as much a target as the UK's flag carrier. That point naturally is debatable.
Lead me not into temptation, I can find my own way there...