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British Airways Takes Delivery Of 40th 777.

Sat Dec 09, 2000 8:40 am

SEATTLE, Dec. 7, 2000 - Those with discriminating taste and a keen eye for quality tend to collect prized objects, and British Airways certainly fits this category. Just look at the way their collection of Boeing 777s has been growing steadily over the last couple of years.

The airline today took delivery of its 39th and 40th 777 airplanes, which follow five delivered earlier in the year and 10 in 1999. The new airplanes are 777-200ER (extended range) models. British Airways is scheduled to receive five more

777-200ERs next year, which will bring their 777 fleet to 45. The airline's first 777 was delivered in November 1995.

British Airways is on the cutting edge of the current trend in airline service and demonstrates this by the increase in its 777 fleet. The airline was quick to realize, along with Boeing, that the desire among the flying public for long-range, non-stop routes is rapidly increasing. The 777 ideally is suited to meet this need because it brings unparalleled comfort and economical operations to airlines like British Airways that are ready to meet these emerging passenger needs.

"The 777 enables us to deploy flexible capacity at the extremes of our network and is one of the key elements in our strategy to maximize customer service and shareholder value," said Dick Wyatt, British Airways general manager, Fleet Planning.

British Airways is the largest Boeing 777 customer outside the United States, and was one of the original eight "working together" airline partners who helped define the 777 while it was being designed. The relationship between the two companies goes back to 1941 when one of the carrier's founding companies, BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation), took delivery of three Boeing 314 Clippers. In 1956, the company entered the jet age with its first order for Boeing 707s. British Airways now flies more than 260 Boeing jets. The carrier operates nearly every other Boeing airplane model -- the 737, 747, 757 and 767.

"It's obvious that British Airways recognizes the benefits of operating the 777 in today's long-haul, point-to-point markets," said Toby Bright, senior vice president, Sales, Europe and Russia. "British Airways has had great success thus far with the 777 and we're glad they have chosen to expand their fleet further with this economical and reliable airplane."

British Airways' new 777-200ERs will be powered by Rolls Royce engines.

The first 777 model, the 777-200, entered service in 1995. Since then, four additional 777 models have been launched, including two longer-range models in February 2000. Since its introduction, the 777 has won numerous accolades and praise for its new approach to passenger comfort, crew workload and reliability. In fact, recent independent passenger preference polls have found that three out of four passengers prefer the Boeing 777 for long-haul flights.

This was taken off of Boeing's website.
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RE: British Airways Takes Delivery Of 40th 777.

Sat Dec 09, 2000 9:10 am

I wonder if BA along with other RR Trent 777 operators like AA will push Boeing into breaking this exclusive engine deal with GE so they can order the new 777-200LR or 300ER models with the RR Trent 800 series engines.
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RE: British Airways Takes Delivery Of 40th 777.

Sun Dec 10, 2000 12:30 am

I doubt it. As has been discussed so many times before, airlines, while looking for anyway to save money, are not going to hold out on a necessity like a plane type simply over engines. Also, BA already has many GE-powered 777s, so commonality is not really an issue with them, I just think they were none-too-impressed with them, but that's the price you pay with being a launch customer. AA, on the other hand may hold out for a while. As the Western Hemisphere's (London excluded, although BA's is technically based west of the Prime Meridian) largest user of RR engines, powering their F100, 757, and 777 fleets, as well as setting up a joint AA/RR maintenance base at Tulsa, American seems devoted to BA where possible.

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RE: British Airways Takes Delivery Of 40th 777.

Sun Dec 10, 2000 1:43 am

I see AA being more of a problem than BA. Lets not forget that British Airways operates a large fleet of GE90 powered 777-200s and 777-200ERs. While AA is a RR operator, what kind of engines do they operate on their 767 fleet?
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RE: British Airways Takes Delivery Of 40th 777.

Sun Dec 10, 2000 2:31 am

AA had GE CF6s on their 767s because they had them on their A300-600s, and DC-10/MD-11 aircraft so they can share the same spare engine parts. With AA asking Boeing for the RR Trent 800 series on the new 777-200LR & 300ER they can also share the same spare engine parts with their current RR Trent powered 777-200ERs.
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RE: British Airways Takes Delivery Of 40th 777.

Sun Dec 10, 2000 2:48 am

Saying London is not in the Western Hemisphere is a bit idiotic. In fact, the Prime Meridien passes through London at Greenwich, which is 20min by underground (subway) from the area known as 'Central London'.

The main British centres of power: Number 10 Downing Street, The Palace of Westminster, the Ministry of Defence and Buckingham Palace are all firmly in the Western Hemisphere. As is arguably the world's financial centre, the City of London, and such important institutions such as the American Embassy and the Bank of England.

Aditionally, the majority of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - the United Kingdom, is in the western hemisphere.

British Airways is of course based at Waterside, Heathrow which is in the west.

Sorry, just felt I had to clear that up?!

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