FARNBOROUGH — British Airways has signed a commitment with Boeing and an undisclosed leasing company for three 777-300ER aircraft.
Boeing will deliver the aircraft to the leasing company before handing them over to British Airways after the delivery has been accepted by the leasing company.
“We are delighted that British Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, has again chosen the Boeing 777 for its long-haul fleet,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
“This agreement is a testament to the enduring value of the 777, its superior range, outstanding efficiency and popularity among passengers,” he added.
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British Airways is the biggest operator of the 777, having 58 in their fleet consisting of either -200ER or -300ER aircraft across their network. They also operate 28 787 Dreamliners and more than 30 747-400 aircraft.
The 777-300ER, in particular, will seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration offering a total range of 7,930 nautical miles. The airline will also enjoy it’s 99.5% reliability figures too.
British Airways, which is part of the International Airlines Group, is currently in the phase of fleet renewal, replacing their older 747 and 767 aircraft with the likes of the A380, 777, 787 etc.
In order for BA to continue to operate safely to more than 200 destinations across 75 countries, they need to be able to offer the best products on what they consider the best jets.
The new 777-300ER’s will join BA’s existing fleet of 280 aircraft.
There has been a particular bit of talk about BA’s fleet renewal as they are still yet to replace their 747-400’s.
Though some of the orders cover for that, there is still a quantity of aircraft that they need to order in order to sufficiently replace them. Maybe this order is the start of that.