Boeing has today, Thursday 19 July 2018, announced that British Airways has committed to ordering an additional 3 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The announcement was made to coincide with the Farnborough Air Show. These aircraft will be leased from an undisclosed third party lessor. They will join BA’s 12 strong fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft at London Heathrow. These were delivered to the airline from 2010 to 2014. 3 of these aircraft are leased and 9 are owned by BA.
Based on plans published by BA’s parent company International Airlines Group at its Capital Markets Day late last year, it is expected that these three aircraft will replace three of BA’s oldest Boeing 777-200 aircraft. These were delivered to the airline in 1995 and operate principally to the US East Coast and the Middle East.
BA has not made any comment on the announcement. The planned configuration of the aircraft is not known. The current fleet of Boeing 777-300 aircraft all operate in a four class configuration. BA is in the process of “densifying” its existing Boeing 777 fleet so these aircraft could well arrive with 3-4-3 seating in World Traveller economy. The delivery dates are also not known.
The BA Boeing 777-300ER currently operates from London Heathrow to Beijing, San Diego, Sao Paulo, Singapore-Sydney and Tokyo Haneda. It also operates selected frequencies to Boston and Hong Kong. It has also previously operated to Rio de Janeiro. Please see here for our full guide to BA’s fleet.