Quoting Willie Walsh:
“Based on what I have seen, it is almost inevitable that it is an aircraft that we will have in our fleet at some stage,” Walsh told Aviation Week during a March 18 interview. “It looks like a perfect fit for some of what British Airways [BA] would require.”
This was back in February 2013, over 2 years ago.
Then, in February 2014, Bloomberg reported that Boeing were trying to draw an order out of British Airways for the B777X:
Boeing Co., the world’s largest planemaker, may win an order for its new 777X wide-body jet from British Airways as the carrier looks to replace its 747 jumbos.
“We’re looking at the aircraft and we’re certainly interested,” Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of British Airways parent IAG SA, said yesterday in an interview in Dublin. Europe’s third-biggest airline has held discussions with Chicago-based Boeing about the jet, he said.
International Consolidated Airlines Group, as IAG is known in full, is in the midst of a fleet upgrade that saw British Airways introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus Group NV A380 super jumbo last year. To replace some 747s, the airline topped up its Dreamliner orders in 2013 and bought Airbus’s largest twin-engine long-range jet, the A350-1000.
“We see aircraft like the A350-1000 and 777X as being natural replacement aircraft for the 747s that we have,” Walsh said. “We’ve not made any commitment.”
An order for more planes would be for jets for delivery from 2019, Walsh said, with Airbus still in the running. British Airways would need to replace about 25 747s, which has four engines that consume more fuel, he said.
The 777X “is a competitive aircraft,” said Walsh, who was among the airline CEOs most vocal in recent years in urging Boeing to commit to the aircraft as soon as possible to ensure a commercial debut by decade’s end.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl... ... eplace-747The tone seemed to have changed from a B777X order being "Almost inevitable" to it being a two horse race with the A350-1000, with the B777X "a competitive aircraft."
And then there was the Flight Global analysis earlier in June 2013 regarding Ronald Epstein's calling Boeing out for allegedly losing British Airways on the B777X to Airbus and the A350-1000 after they ordered 18 with a further 18 options:
The anxiety of Boeing watchers seemed palpable at the company's annual shareholders meeting on 22 May when Bank of America senior equities analyst Ronald Epstein called out Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner for "losing" British Airways with the A350-1000 order.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art... ... sh-386591/I don't think we can hang on one comment made by WW over 2 years ago as a signal that IAG are bound or likely to purchase the B779, not forgetting also the internal rumblings, documented on a.net at the time, that there was unease at the "Emiratisation" of the frame into something much less ideal for IAG.
Also of note in all the interviews is the stated requirement to have the replacements coming online in 2019, which we have established the B777X cannot achieve.
The B779 is not the automatic shoe-in some seem to think it should be at BA.