I would believe that - even if they begin to show some interest in 2006 and perhaps ask for offers from the manufacturers - BA
will not buy anything just yet. 2007/8 would be more likely.
has publicly stated that they are looking on both the 787 and the 350 as the next battle for their business. I would also not be surprised to see TG
buying the 350 - in fact I wouldn't even be surprised if the got the 787 and the 350! TG
must be a strong competitor for the title of the airline with the most different aircrafts in their fleet!
Save for El Al for obvious reasons, most of the airlines mentioned could be on both lists. Any airline would be rather stupid not to play the two manufacturers up against each other in order to get the best deal possible! For that reasons one should not put too much emphasis on "leaks" in the press that this or that product is preferred. It could well be part of a negotiation technique if it is not only some employee or "insider" (the CEO's housemaide or driver?) who - after a few drinks - are feeling rather important leaking more or less self-made rumors or hearsay to a journalist who take each word down on paper with glee as if it was words from a sphinx. I wonder how many sources in the papers classified as "insider knowledge" are in fact from the company driver, cleaning staff in the CEO's office or coffee maker who have enjoyed a few moments of feeling important in the company of a journalist!?