British Airways (BA) will take a decision on replacement of the remainder of its Boeing 747-400 fleet in 2008-09, following today’s long-awaited Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 order
This will give us something to talk about on a.net for the next 1-2 years!
But BA is still working on the replacement of the remainder of its 747-400 fleet. It lists the candidate aircraft as the 787-10, 777-300ER and A350 XWB, but no mention is made of the 747-8.
Yes, the 747-8 is not mentioned.
BA chief executive Willie Walsh says: "These aircraft set the gold standard when it comes to environmental performance in the key areas of CO2 emissions, local air quality and noise. They will contribute significantly to our target of improving fuel efficiency by 25% between 2005 and 2025."They are also much quieter than their predecessors, which is of vital importance at Heathrow. Both the A380 and 787 are rated as producing a quarter of the noise level of the 747-400."
Be prepared for A and B to be touting how quiet and efficient their aircraft are. It makes one think the 777-300ER is at a disadvantage, being a generation behind A350 and B787. It makes me think we may see an acceleration of the Y3 program.