BA probably took the ex BCal A320's as they were there, were being built, BA
had no trouble canceling the MD
-11's BCal had ordered in 1987.
A bit of trivia now, another UK airline once ordered R/R powered MD
-11's, this was fast rising charter carrier Air Europe, but this carrier, in it's original form, went tits up around 1990 so no R/R powered MD
-11 was ever built.
I think it's true to say that BA
were impressed by the A320, it was at the time a cuckoo in the nest and getting rid of them was mooted more than once in the early 1990's.
But, in 1989-91 BA
had a series of issues with quality on some 737-436, 757-236 and 767-336 aircraft, this would indicate that BA
ordered 737-436 around 1987, if memory serves me, I know that the issue of buying the ailing BCal was a bolt from the blue when it happened, the B737-436's were almost certainly already on order when BCal was brought out.
Heavy maintenance on 737 is at GLA
, but not Airbus's.
had a long evaluation process in 1997/8 before going for the A319/A320/A321, I remember us being doubly pleased at the time, firstly supporting UK industry, secondly, we feared Boeing might do a similar deal to what GE
did to get it's engines on the 777, but with Boeing buying BA
Engineering as GE
brought the Wales engine overhaul unit, at the time Boeing were looking into getting into maintenance in Europe, with the UK being specially mentioned.
Then again, look what a cock up letting the engine overhaul business turned out to be for BA
, operationally that is.