|Quoting 1400mph (Reply 83):|
Yes but all those reasons are also reasons for BA to reconsider the A380 which they have not.
Despite the obvious success of VS
, they are a much smaller airline than the average person thinks, I've told many people their fleet size and they are usually surprised. Much of this of course is down to Branson's PR
But when you think of that size and being a A380 operator, it is surprising he ever ordered them.
Make no mistake, it was a welcome order for Airbus and the UK, but i'm not surprised they've got cold feet.
it's an entirely different situation, A380 was chosen after a long evaluation not ordered until Sept. 2007, though it was clear right from the start of the A380 program BA
was an obvious customer.
But back in 2000/1 BA
were not about to buy a new aircraft, back then, burned by being an early 777 operator, there was also a policy of not being a launch customer.
By 2007 the A380 as a type had flown, was able to prove it could meet the stringent LHR
noise regs, unlike the as yet unflown 747-8i.
Another factor was that BA
said that they were only going to order one new type of very large aircraft. So there is no prospect of BA
ever ordering the 747-8i now.
In an ideal world, I'd like to see BA
take the VS
A380 slots, help to exit older 747's quicker but still retain the 7 BA
options, though I'd be surprised - though pleased - if BA
did eventually go to a 25 aircraft A380 fleet if those options were taken up.