The report indicates that the group is trying to acquire widebody jets that can operate long distances.
Notably, the focus is on replacing Boeing 777s at British Airways, the older portion of the fleet, which is beginning to age.
The Boeing 777 Fleet At British Airways
British Airways operates a fleet of over 200 aircraft; however, of the 240 active aircraft, 43 represent the 777-200ER, and interestingly, when measured by average age, these are the oldest within the fleet.
British Airways’ oldest 777-200ER sits at 26.7 years, with a mean of 23.5 years. These are, thus, substantially getting on in age, and for a leading national carrier attempting to move towards more fuel-efficient planes, a replacement is required.
20 New Aircraft For British Airways? 777X, 787 or A350?
The report from Bloomberg highlighted the desire for around 20 aircraft, with Airbus and Boeing being pitted against each other. However, specifics on the exact replacement have been identified.
British Airways operates a diverse portfolio of aircraft, especially for widebody operations. This includes the A350-1000s, all variants of the 787s, and the upcoming 777X, which remains uncertified and thus undelivered.
Therefore, whichever direction British Airways heads, thanks to IAG, is slated to be a familiar territory. It’ll be down to the respective plane makers to pitch their best deal and option to replace these 777s.