British Airways still wants Boeing 787-10 despite delays
The carrier’s chief executive Willie Walsh told Bloomberg today that British Airways is considering orders of Boeing’s 777-300ER as well as the 787-10, a stretched version of Boeing’s new composite jet. Boeing has yet to formally offer the 787-10. Walsh additionally is interested in Airbus’s A350 XWB-1000.
British Airways would use the 787s on routes to South America as the airline expands service there.
Boeing has delayed delivery of its 787-8 by an average of 20 months, pushing out the first delivery to All Nippon Airways by about 15 months to the third quarter of 2009.
The news comes a day after the International Air Transport Association predicted a loss of $2.3 billion for the airline industry in 2008. The IATA revised on Monday its March estimate of a $4.5 billion profit in 2008. The dramatic swing is due to surging oil prices and the U.S. economic downturn.
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