The report by Evening Standards indicates British Airways may snub Airbus for long-haul order and go for 747-8I.
However, latest orders from BA suggest the carrier may yet stay with Boeing as its longhaul aircraft supplier of choice.
Industry observers say BA appears to be opting for a twotier fleet: Boeing for long haul and Airbus for short haul.
Its acquisition earlier this month of eight 150-seater Airbus A319s will be used to replace similar-sized Boeing 737s, with BA saying that is the first step toward a single shorthaul fleet.
When BA ordered four Boeing 777s in February, commercial director Robert Boyle said its long-haul pilots and crew were used to handling Boeings.
[Edited 2007-05-29 21:24:22]