IAG, the parent company of British Airways, provided an update yesterday, Friday 4 May, on the impact of a recent Federal Aviation Administration Directive on Boeing 787 aircraft with certain Rolls Royce engines.
This affects the ETOPS certification of the aircraft which determines how far they can fly away from the nearest diversionary airport.
At the time of writing, one Boeing 787-8 and one Boeing 787-9 aircraft has been out of service for at least a week. BA has 9 Boeing 787-8 and 17 Boeing 787-9 aircraft in service. Together, they represent about 20% of BA’s wide body long-haul fleet.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh has not hidden his dissatisfaction over the issue. Given that IAG is currently in negotiations with Airbus and Boeing over future long-haul aircraft orders, there will be even more pressure on Rolls Royce to resolve this.
London Heathrow Cancellations
Since mid-April a number of flights have been proactively cancelled on selected Boeing 787 routes from London Heathrow. This issue is going to continue until at least August of this year.
Routes that have been prone to cancellation include Baltimore, Luanda, Newark, Philadelphia, San Jose California, Tokyo Narita and Toronto Pearson.
|Wednesday 18 April 2018||BA278 / BA279||San Jose|
|Thursday 19 / Saturday 21 April 2018||BA77 / BA 78||Luanda|
|Monday 23 April 2018||BA278 / BA279||San Jose|
|Tuesday 24 April 2018||BA184 / BA185||Newark
|Wednesday 25 April 2018||BA228 / BA229||Baltimore|
|Thursday 26 April 2018||BA188 / BA189||Newark|
|Friday 27 April 2018||BA68 / BA69||Philadelphia|
|Sunday 29 April 2018||BA228 / BA229||Baltimore|
|Monday 30 April 2018||BA278 / BA279||San Jose|
|Tuesday 1 May||BA92 / BA93||Toronto Pearson|
|Tuesday 1 / Wednesday 2 May 2018||BA5 / BA6||Tokyo Narita|
|Wednesday 2 May 2018||BA278 / BA279||San Jose|
|Thursday 3 / 5 May 2018||BA77 BA78||Luanda|