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British Airways orders six more Boeing 787-10 aircraft

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Anyone following British Airways closely might be left wondering how they hope to return to pre-pandemic capacity with fewer aircraft than they had in 2019. British Airways still remains 23 aircraft short of where it was four years ago.

BA management have clearly had the same thought and exercised options to order a further six Boeing 787-10 aircraft to be delivered in 2025 and 2026.

Currently BA has seven 787-10s in its fleet, with five more still to be delivered under the original order. The follow-on order for six more will take the overall 787-10 fleet to 18 and will be an important part of reinstating premium seat capacity across BA’s network thanks to their premium-heavy configuration. The aircraft have eight seats in First Class, 48 Club Suites, 35 in World Traveller Plus premium economy and 165 seats in economy.

Bits: BA orders more 787-10s

There’s a chance, given the delivery timelines, that the add-on order may feature the new First Class seat that Sean Doyle teased recently.

Other snippets from IAG’s 2023 First Half results include:

  • Iberia is currently IAG’s best-performing airline. Margins have increased by 10% since 2019, and now stand at 18% thanks to exceptionally strong demand in Spain. Pre-pandemic, BA was always the best performing airline in the group.
  • Q3 seats are currently 80% sold – albeit we are now at the end of July so this clearly skews the maths!
  • Q4 is currently 30% sold and this is described as ‘typical’, implying that demand patterns are returning to pre-covid levels
  • Capacity across the group should return to about 97% of 2019 levels as the airlines continue to recover (and regrow)
  • British Airways and American Airlines dominate the transatlantic market, with 54% capacity of flights to North America. Virgin and Delta come in second, with 22%.
  • The BA Euroflyer operation at Gatwick will grow from 18 aircraft this summer to 26 aircraft in 2024. The 348 weekly slots currently leased to easyJet and Vueling will start to be clawed back.
  • American Express paid IAG £286 million in the first half of the year, up 76% on H1 2019
  • On the redemption side, 25% more Avios were redeemed than at this time in 2019
  • Net debt remains a chunky €7.6 billion although no major repayments are due until 2026


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Comments (41)

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  • KP says:

    Im quite glad that the new seat is coming to Sepul. Im flying in Nov, booked on a £1400 buisness return. Looking forward

  • Tim P says:

    I prefer the new Finnair business seat over the usual reverse herringbone offering. If you think of it as a sofa rather than a seat it works well.

    Sadly the soft product is determinedly mediocre.

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    I rather liked the AY “sofa seat” far more comfy than anything else I’ve sat / laid in.

    True was only on the LHR-HEL route but people seemed to have no problem sleeping on it.

    Did feel a little strange not being fully upright for take off and landing though,

    Thought the AY crew were great and I got far more recognition as a BA OW emerald than BA ever give me!

  • CC says:

    Trying to choose seats on Finnair website for booking made with Avios, I can choose seats all fine but when I try and click on basket to finish it just takes me back to home page. Does that mean its not possible?

    BA website wont let me, says only possible at check in (flight is next year).

    • PeteM says:

      Try the Royal Jordanian or Royal Air Maroc MMBs.

      • CC says:

        Thanks, tried Jordanian and oddly the seats I chose were already added and showing in my BA account too. Didn’t get the impression it went through at all on the Finnair site.

  • LittleNick says:

    Seeing as they ordered more 787-10s curious as to why BA never ordered the A350-900 variant? Anyone got any theories as to why?

    • Londonsteve says:

      I was thinking that too. Airbus are famously doing better than Boeing at the moment and BA is lacking aircraft. I would guess the delivery lead time for the 787 was significantly shorter than for the A350. The latter seems to be the one the airlines are going for at the moment leading to a long wait if you join the back of the queue now.

      • LittleNick says:

        That would make sense now, but also curious as to why initially they only went for the -1000 variant and not -900 too?

        • Richie says:

          My guess is they wanted an aircraft for certain number of CS seats with good economics.

        • Rhys says:

          They don’t need many planes with the legs of the A350-900. Most of their flights are less than 11/12 hours.

      • Opus says:

        That’s where you’re wrong. The 787 order book is a 1717 aircraft compared the just 1050 for the a350. Boeing has sold almost 300 787s in the last 6 months, airbus is yet to sell 100 widebodies in that same period. In fact far more airlines go for the 787 because of its versatility. As airbus is finding out and has always known their widebodies are overrated and overpriced for what they are and till they can figure out a way to deal with the costs of building them, it will stay like that. Even during the pandemic the 787 outsold the 350. It’s just so much more versatile and as a family unit it’s the best widebody you can get (from an airline standpoint)

        On the narrow body side now they’re the market leaders but the widebody? They trail Boeing significantly

      • Opus says:

        Oh and the backlog?

        787 – 620 with about 1100 aircraft being delivered
        A350 – 480 with about 550 aircraft being delivered

        So Boeing has delivered twice the number of aircraft and still has a bigger backlog.

        So no airlines are actually not going for the 350, almost none actually
        That does not include Saudias 40 787s that is only being firmed in July so will be shown in Boeings August numbers.

  • Julian says:

    Just putting this post on here, not about seats , see earlier post about seating on Finnair A350.Wondered if anyone else has had this happen.
    Am booking flight to Glasgow, as a BA Gold member on my phone it says 2500 Avois, but on home computer it says 1500 miles Avios award.
    Very interesting.

    • Londonsteve says:

      Website can be buggy. Sometimes the online calculator shows the Blue reward irrespective of what tier you choose.

  • Steve says:

    Flew BKK-HEL (this is a day flight) with the new seat earlier this year and really didn’t enjoy it, would have been fine for an overnight but thumbs down otherwise.

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