B777LRF wrote:ctrabs0114 wrote:BoeingVista wrote:Not unless Boeing develop containerised baggage handling for the 737 as BA cannot unload loose bags at Heathrow T5
BA will be basing the 737 at LGW, so that should render any concerns about containerized cargo handling at LHR re: 737 as moot.
British Airways, or IAG for that matter, will not place the MAX's anywhere at this point in time.
All they've done is launch a carefully orchestrated life-line to Boeing, bought and paid for by the suits in Chicago, as part of their plan to regain some goodwill and turn the media attention away from their internal problems for a while. Read the statement carefully if you wish, all BA are saying is that the MAX is now under consideration. As if it never was ....
Please also note the total absence of an artist impression, or model aircraft, in BA colours at the 'ceremony'. Being that closely associated with a tarred product was probably a step too far for BA, and may speak volumes of their true intentions.
I fully expect British Airways to use this as nothing more than a bargaining chip when speaking to the suits of Toulouse, and to let the LoI lapse once they've gotten what they wanted: Cheaper A320-series.
The price for all this? Probably a very sweet deal on the delayed 777X and promises of deep discounts on their next 787 order.
All right, but if the LoI gets firmed, will you admit you were wrong?