MrHMSH wrote:StudiodeKadent wrote:Arion640 wrote:Although someone will probably reply to me later and tell me why I am wrong and BA must buy the 779.
Well given how the 779 is apparently a very good replacement for 747-400s (of which BA is the largest operator), how BA needs large jets generally, how the 777-9 would be bigger than the A350-1000 (both more rows of seating and 10ab in Economy compared to 9ab in the A350) and thus fill a gap between the A380s and the A350s.... I think its a natural choice for BA to make.
This doesn't mean they shouldn't get A350-1000s though.
BA is the largest operator of the 744, but depending on who you ask they either have only 12 or so 744s without designated replacements, or else none, and all its replacements are already on order, I believe it's the former. If BA order 4-8 A380s (as seems quite possible now) that leaves very little room for the 779, while BA could theoretically order the 779 and then shift the A35K to be a 777 replacement, it seems unlikely as people have posted that BA's fleet plan suggests the 772s will be around for a fair while longer (late 2020s?).
BA may like large jets, but they're not against replacing larger aircraft with smaller, we already know the 78X and A35K will replace at least some 747s. It's also not unheard of that there is a gap in their fleet between aircraft, there was for a very long time a gap between the 77E and 744, and the most successful widebody airliner of the period was in that gap, they only filled that hole when given a deal on the 77W due to the 787 delays.
When BA originally ordered the A380-800, the A350-1000 and the various models of the 787 they had a total of 72 on order, which was enough to replace all their 767s and 747s. Subsequently BA has delayed retirement of some of their 747s and expanded their fleet so that now they are 11 aircraft short for completing the replacement. If they want to further expand their fleet then that number would rise further.