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Old September 27th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #81
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British Airways to buy 12 Airbus A380 aircraft for long haul fleet

British Airways will buy 12 Airbus A380 aircraft as part of the airlines’ long term fleet modernisation. The announcement marks the first time British Airways has selected to introduce Airbus aircraft for the company’s long haul fleet. The decision vindicates Airbus’ product strategy. The A380 is a key part of the solution for sustainable growth and eco efficiency in air transportation.

The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines.

“The Airbus A380 will provide a great solution for our high density markets and get the most out of scarce London Heathrow slots. We said that environmental considerations would feature highly in our choice and our decision to buy these aircraft is consistent with this”, said Willie Walsh, British Airways Chief Executive.

“British Airways’ decision is another breakthrough for our flagship Airbus A380. After an intensive year-long competitive evaluation British Airways’ choice is proof our product is the right aircraft to tackle growth, airport capacity constraints as well as environmental concerns. We are delighted British Airways will be flying Airbus aircraft for the first time on their long haul routes”, said Tom Enders, Airbus CEO.

Being greener, cleaner, quieter and smarter, the A380 is already setting new standards for transport and the environment. The aircraft is the most fuel efficient aircraft flying today. The combination of extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights, excellent environmental performance and lower operating costs is an ideal solution for the airports and the airlines that serve them.

For passengers, the A380 offers wider, more comfortable seats in all classes and the quietest cabins in the sky. Its unique double-deck wide body architecture also gives airlines flexibility to economically offer improved comfort standards without reducing fleet capacity. To current standards for larger premium class products, the A380 can typically carry 525 passengers in three classes in unprecedented comfort on flights of over 8000 nm (15 000km).

British Airways first became an Airbus operator in 1988, when it began flying A320s. The airline added the A319s to its fleet in 1999 and the A321 in 2004. British Airways currently operate a total of 68 A320 family aircraft



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Old September 27th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #82
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Woah, I'm really surprised. I always thought that BA would look to Boeing to supply long-haul aircraft. This is great news - I've wanted to see the A380 in BA colours

This would bring BA's fleet to...
  • A319-100 - 33
  • A320 - 26 (10 orders)
  • A321 - 10 (2 orders)
  • A380 - 12 orders + 7 options
  • B737-300 - 5
  • B737-400 - 19
  • B737-500 - 9
  • B747-400 - 57
  • B757-200 - 13
  • B767-300ER - 21
  • B777-200 - 3
  • B777-200ER - 40 (4 orders)
  • B787 - 24 orders + 18 options

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On 27 September 2007, BA announced their biggest ever order since 1998 by ordering 34 new long haul aircraft. The company ordered 12 A380s with options on a further 7, and 24 Boeing 787s with options on a further 18. Rolls Royce Trent engines were selected for both orders with Trent 900s powering the A380s and Trent 1000s powering the 787s. The new aircraft will be delivered between 2010 and 2014.[19]
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British Airways has today placed an order for 12 Airbus A380 and 24 Boeing 787 aircraft with options for a further seven Airbus A380s and18 Boeing 787s. Both aircraft types will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines.

The new aircraft will replace 34 of the airline's longhaul fleet and will be delivered between 2010 and 2014. The order, including options, will give the airline the ability to grow its capacity by up to four per cent per year and the flexibility to tailor its future capacity growth in line with market conditions.

The aircraft will be greener, quieter and more fuel efficient with significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions and reduced impact on local air quality. This was a key consideration in the order.

Willie Walsh, British Airways' chief executive, said: "This is an exciting day for British Airways with our largest fleet order since 1998. It's great news for our business, our customers and the environment.

"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 per cent between 2005 and 2025.

"They are also much quieter than their predecessors, which is of vital importance at Heathrow. Both the A380 and B787 are rated as producing a quarter of the noise level of the B747-400.

"These new aircraft will continue our commitment to deliver the best travel experience to our customers. This order builds upon our recent investment in improving the customer experience through Terminal 5, the new Club World cabin, inflight entertainment system and ba.com."

The new aircraft types will enable the airline to strengthen further its network strategy, complementing each other in the longhaul fleet. The A380 will be used to provide more capacity for the airline's key high-density markets and maximise use of scarce Heathrow slots. The B787 will be used to start new routes and increase frequencies in existing markets.


Both aircraft bring significant economic benefits with lower costs per seat. They are both long range aircraft and bring more flexibility in to the fleet as, unlike the B767 that they replace, they can be flown across the airline's network.

British Airways will continue to consider the most suitable aircraft to replace its remaining B747-400 aircraft and is examining the B787-10, B777-300 ER and A350XWB.

The airline has arranged for a group of banks to provide $1.5 billion of debt financing to cover all of the airline's firm orders to the end of 2011.


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The airline will order both the B787-8 and B787-9.
The new aircraft will replace 20 of the airline's B747-400s and its14 longhaul B767 fleet.

The A380s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines and the B787s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The engine order includes a lifetime maintenance contract.

In terms of CO2 emissions per seat, the A380's performance will be 17 per cent cleaner than the Boeing 747-400's, and the B787's performance 30 per cent cleaner than the B767's.

On the noise rating system at Heathrow, the A380 and the B787 are classed as QC 0.5 on arrival compared to QC2 for the B747-4. (That means they are rated as producing 25 per cent of a 747-400's noise level.)

In terms of NOx emissions, an A380 produces 10 per cent less than a B747-400, and a B787 produces 46 per cent less than a B767.

The total list price for the firm orders is US$8.2 billion for the airframe and engines.

The airline currently operates 114 longhaul aircraft - 57 B747-400, 43 B777s and 14
B 767s.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 04:16 PM   #83
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on the long run, i could even imagine BA getting more than just 12 A380s
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Old September 27th, 2007, 05:09 PM   #84
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they would likely use the A380s on there busy routes such as

. New York
. Los Angeles
. Sydney
. Hong Kong
. Chicago
. Toronto
. Tokyo
. Singapore
. Bangkok
. Mumbai
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Old September 27th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #85
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Sydney is too far, would require too many planes to remain daily. Therefore probably not Singapore or Bangkok, as these are the same flights.

I would expect them initially on routes where you could be back within 24 hours or much less - free up slots by consolidating on multiple-daily routes such as Dubai, Chicago, Mumbai, Delhi, Washington, Houston, Toronto, and possibly Barbados from LGW.

With New York they trade on their frequency so unlikely at first.

Then again, if they acquire lots, the 380 has a massive range so would probably go to Tokyo (those NRT slots are even more golddust than LHR), Hong Kong, BKK, SIN, LA, Miami and South Africa.

I sadly think Sydney will be ditched and Qantas will cover it.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #86
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Is it really thrue ?
That's a good new for Europe, for Airbus and for British Airways that will get the best long haul aircraft of the moment.
I hope BA will buy A330 and A350 too.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 08:26 PM   #87
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This news really made my day! I never expected BA to order Airbus longhaul products!! Well done BA, and I would easily expect BA to order more of the Whalejet in the future.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 08:28 PM   #88
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great news! i love this airplan
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Old September 27th, 2007, 10:53 PM   #89
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This will look great in British Airways colors. WOW.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #90
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Damn, it should be fun plane spotting at Heathrow soon.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 11:41 PM   #91
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Old September 28th, 2007, 03:23 AM   #92
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Looking at BA's fleet, what do they do for their short haul service? or is there another company in the UK that takes care of it.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 10:57 PM   #93
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Mainly B737, A319 and A320.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #94
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BA looks great on the A380!
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Old September 30th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #95
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Looking at BA's fleet, what do they do for their short haul service? or is there another company in the UK that takes care of it.
I guess you mean where are the commuter planes? BA closed most of its commuter routes within Britain last year, except for very profitable ones such as London - Manchester. And has massively cut back its regional operations. It sold off this arm to its rival Flybe I believe.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 04:56 AM   #96
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WOW! It seems Airbus may finally recover after 3 years of struggle. I can't wait for the first production A380 in three weeks for Singapore Airlines!
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Will British Airways' A380s be put on the London Singapore route in 2010?

Singapore Airlines' A380s will eventually be put on this route after its Singapore Sydney debut.

Will there be enough demand for multiple A380 services between these two cities in 2010 and beyond?
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Will British Airways' A380s be put on the London Singapore route in 2010?
I doubt it, especially with some Oz routes having been downgraded to 772s only recently...
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yeah thats right, i think its the daily London-Singapore-Sydney flight was downgraded, but at least the London-Bangkok-Sydney flight is still a 747-400
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