Old Jan 18, 16, 4:45 am
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WW says BA may purchase 2nd-hand Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs

- British Airways may purchase five to six 2nd hand Airbus A380s, and separately, Boeing 777-300ERs, says Willie Walsh.
- Iberia could jointly operate A380. Oil price low enough to extend life of A340s at IB.
- Won't exercise existing options, too expensive, in a blow to Airbus. Could BA take Malaysia Airlines' spare RR-powered A380s? TG and SQ also have surplus A380s.
- WW regrets not taking Boeing 777-300ERs sooner.
- WW says BA "very interested" in returning to IKA, Tehran

Full report by aviation journal Leeham News has more interesting news including on Boeing 777-300ERs.

Walsh gave the example of IAG’s aircraft fleets where he announced that it is looking to lease five to six used Airbus A380 in addition to the ones that British Airways (BA) already have on order. These could be aircraft for BA only use but also for a joint BA and IBERIA operation...So the A380 works extremely well for us and we are prepared to increase our fleet beyond the 12 we are planning to get. We will then do something unusual for BA, we will go for used aircraft and lease them. It shows how BA has changed; we are prepared to adapt to a changing market and to take opportunities that come our way.
Another opportunity we also look at is leasing 777-300ERs. We brought the 777-300ER late into our fleet, to late actually. It is a very effective and flexible aircraft. We now see that we could need more and once again we are prepared to lease these. Again something that the old BA would not do.
A final example of how we react to changes in the market is the question of the A340-600 in IBERIA’s fleet. These are really good aircraft for IBERIA’s South American destinations. But it is not a great aircraft with fuel at $120 a barrel. At $60 or below it is a very attractive aircraft, so while we might have planned to replace it at a certain time previously we now see no reason to look into changing that aircraft as long as the fuel price stays at the present low levels.
- One of the few possible candidates is Malaysia Airlines' fairly new going-spare six A380s because they are also powered by Rolls Royce engines. BA/IAG will clearly want a consistent operational fleet and engines to match. MAB seems likely to shift very cheaply.

- SIA has 5 early-build A380s powered by RR up for disposal. Unlikely to be taken by BA, if this CAPA report is to be believed - fuel performance for SIA is poor among these early builds. TG keen to axe 6 RR-powered A380s (first delivered in 2012). EK earliest A380s also unlikely to interest BA because the early models are also powered by rival Engine Alliance.

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