BREECH wrote:BrianDromey wrote:This is an aircraft BA sorely needs more of. Look that the schedules, they are spread woefully thin, switching on a regular basis between JNB/MIA/ORD/SFO. It’s a premium heavy aircraft for BA too, 14F/97J/55W, but still has 300+ Y seats, where the 747 has 145 in the 14F/86J/30W configuration. Like EK, BA will be able to use the 77W/350 and 787-10 fleets to complement the A380, particularly where cargo is concerned.
Wait... BA has ALL of those? 777, A350, AND B787!? Talk about fleet commonality! Or do they want the laurels of KLM in the number of aircraft types?BrianDromey wrote:IAG are interested, as they have said. They want a bargain though. With EK carrying the cost for keeping the line open IAG may we’ll be able to get a deal. Any additional A380s sold are gravy.
They are mostly interested in avoiding the daily mail writing an "editorial" that will say that this deal is very bad for them because of this and that, and then the entire British population getting sickened on them for "wasting money that could've well been spent elsewhere".
Indeed, the current BA fleet plan is A32x CEO/NEO for short haul, 787(-8,-9 & -10), A350-1000, 777-200ER, 777-300ER, 747 and A380. The plan seem to be to operate smaller numbers of the ideal aircraft on smaller numbers of routes. Certainly some 772 will be refurbished and see the last decade of service at LGW, 3 will be retired and replaced with 77W, apparently.
Mixed fleets don't seem to bother IAG too much, they will operate both engine options on the A32x. IAE at BA & YV, CFM and VY, IB & EI, LEAP and IB & EI, Pratt and BA & VY). Across such a large group and with "power by the hour" contract, it probably matters less.
Why would the Daily Mail stick their oar in? As much as they are not my particular cup of tea, I imagine the DM would be very pleased to scream "British Airways to DOUBLE super jumbo fleet as Britain becomes a great trading nation again"