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BA places largest aircraft order in 9 years, says A380s poised to fly to West Coast

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/ ... s-ap_N.htm

British Airways today placed its largest aircraft order in nine years, dividing its order between U.S. jetmaker Boeing and European rival Airbus. BA ordered 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets and 12 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets, with options for 18 additional 787s and 7 more A380s. Despite the spilt order, however, Reuters says BA "ended decades of loyalty to Boeing's 747 jumbo" with the A380 order.

The Associated Press adds the newly ordered jets will allow BA "to replace 34 of the airline's long-haul fleet of Boeing 747-400s," with delivery of the new aircraft expected between 2010 and 2014. AP says the move allows BA to "to expand its capacity by up to 4% per year and give it more flexibility in tailoring its future capacity growth."

Industry observers tell AP the orders will help BA keep up with rivals –- such as Virgin Atlantic –- that have been more aggressive this decade in expanding and refreshing their long-haul fleets. AP notes "Virgin's passenger total grew 16% last year, eight times the growth at BA." Bloomberg News adds that the new jets could also help BA "fend off business-only carriers." JP Morgan analyst Chris Avery says "British Airways needed to grow or face profit stagnation. BA has not expanded its long-haul fleet since 9/11, while competitors such as Virgin and the new business-class carriers have.'' As for BA's A380 order, Marketwatch.com describes that as giving Airbus' " A380 program a major shot in the arm."

How will BA use its new aircraft? CEO Willie Walsh says the A380s will be used at London Heathrow, helping BA boost capacity at an airport where landing and takeoff slots are extraordinarily difficult to come by. Reuters says the A380 will fly between London and the U.S. West Coast and to destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa. The 787s "will be used to open up new routes and increase the frequency of flights on existing ones," Reuters adds.

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I think BA deserves its own thread

If you say so,it must be so. :P:lol::twisted:

Indeed - no one in their right (or left) mind would argue with a CF LIFETIME SE! :twisted:

Does that mean we gotta worship Parnel as the God of CF??? :twisted:

Sanosuke!

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I think BA deserves its own thread

If you say so,it must be so. :P:lol::twisted:

Indeed - no one in their right (or left) mind would argue with a CF LIFETIME SE! :twisted:

Why not~ good arguments are fun

Found a badge for ya!! :twisted:

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You looking forward to sitting in Y-class on that behemoth? ;)

I would fear more being the person who gets the last bag delivered.

Being BA that would be at your home by courier about 3 weeks later. :)

Happened to me! BA??? BAH!!! :td:

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Is the A380 replacing the 744 flights? Does that mean we'll be seeing 380 flights to YVR :D

No they only ordered a few 380's and BA is the worlds largest operator of 744's.... so maybe an order of 777 is coming?

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