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What a ridiculous post.

BA’s management made a major, fully funded, aircraft order in 2007, with the reasonable expectation of an in service date starting 2011.

In the interim, they ordered 777-300ERs (now six in the fleet, mostly leased).

It also invested heavily in its shorthaul airbus fleet.

There is now a totally new fleet of Embrarers at London City (as well as the innovative STOL A318).

By delaying ordering the A380, BA has avoided the travails of the early-adopters and managed to secure an increased MTOW version of the A380 which will be more profitable for BA’s business model.

The deliveries, which are significantly behind what was promised, are now also nicely timed in line with an improving economic cycle; had they been delivered in the throes of the cabin crew strike and impending global recession it would have been a struggle to finance the purchases and service the leases.

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