The parent company of British Airways, International Airlines Group, has made an announcement concerning the purchase of 42 777X airplanes by British Airways. The new airplanes are the new 777-9, which are expected to be launched next month.
The Chief Executive of IAG, Willie Walsh, had this to say about the new aircraft: “The new 777-9 is the world’s most fuel efficient long haul aircraft and will bring many benefits to British Airways’ fleet. It’s the ideal replacement for the 747 and its size and range will be an excellent fit for the airline’s existing network”.
The 777-9 is by far a superior aircraft to the ones used before by the airline in that it can comfortably sit 400-425 passengers in a two class cabin, offers 12% lower fuel consumption and can fly farther than its predecessors (7,600 nautical miles).
Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes was happy about the deal: “British Airways is one of the most iconic international carriers, now in its 100th year of connecting the world with its impressive route network. We are honored that British Airways has selected the 777X as part of its fleet for its next century. Together with the 787 Dreamliner, we are excited for the 777X to help British Airways build on its incredible legacy”.
Production of the 777X began in 2017, and its first flight has been scheduled for this year. The signing of this deal puts the 777X at 358 orders and commitments from eight clients, and the new airplanes’ first delivery is expected to happen in the year 2020.