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Once again, more negativity.

The “increasingly dated aircraft” is hardly BA’s fault – the A380 was ordered in 2007, for delivery dates well in advance of the current timetable, prudently ensuring that it will receive the first of the new version with increased capacity (MTOW) and avoided the travails which afflicted Qantas and others in the early days.

BA has been energetically replacing its fleet in other areas….ongoing replacement of the airbus shorthaul fleet, 777-300ER sub fleet, entirely new embraer fleet at LCY and the hugely delayed A380 and 787s arriving from this summer…….alongside entirely new F cabins, new J cabins in existing aircraft and redesigned WT+ and WT cabins installing in the coming years.

All this on a fleet which is 200+ aircraft. It can’t happen overnight, and especially in a recession, would you rather leak further cashflow by outsourcing the work away from the existing maintenance bases?

All too easy for the armchair CEOs to criticise – but then if the cabins were all converted quicktime, they’d simply complain they were outdated the second the cabins were installed, and further would criticise the cost incurred to deliver the new products so quickly.

There’s no pleasing some people!

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