Company Of the Week

BRITISH AIRWAYS shares fell 39 pence, or 8 per cent, last week, during which it announced that it will buy as many as 220 planes worth $13bn (pounds 7.8bn) from Europe's Airbus Industrie and from Boeing, in a sweeping revamp of its fleet. It was the airline's biggest order ever and its first from Airbus.

BA placed a firm order for only 16 of Boeing's 777 long-range planes, with an option for 16 more. Airbus will supply 188 of its A320 short-haul jets, replacing older Boeing 737s in the UK. airline's European network. It got 59 orders.

BA said it won't buy any more Boeing 747s for its long-range routes for at least a decade, focusing instead on smaller aircraft such as the 777 and the 767. Airline stocks have dropped in recent weeks, on concern that recessions in Asia could end the industry's four-year boom. Airlines are slashing services there and using planes elsewhere, leading to capacity growth that outpaces demand.

In an indication of the scale of discounts offered to British Airways, the airline said its net cost for the 75 firm orders will be about pounds 1.4bn, compared with a list price of pounds 3bn.

BA will use the Airbus aircraft to replace older, larger Boeing 737s in Europe, where it needs smaller planes to cope with deregulation of routes. The deregulation is bringing a crop of low-cost start-ups, and BA plans to counter them by attracting lucrative business passengers who need frequent flights. "We don't want to carry as many low-paying passengers," said Bob Ayling, BA's chief executive.

The move toward 777s fits with BA's plans to unite its flights and fares across the Atlantic with American Airlines, another big 777 user. The US will only approve the alliance this autumn if UK authorities open London's Heathrow airport to new competitors and drop the current strict limits on the number of flights for each carrier.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Ashdown Group: Client Services Manager - Relationship Management - London

£30000 - £32000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, int...

Recruitment Genius: Credit Controller / Customer Service

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding business...

Guru Careers: In-House / Internal Recruiter

£25 - 28k + Bonus: Guru Careers: An In-house / Internal Recruiter is needed to...

Recruitment Genius: Tax Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Tax Assistant is required to join a leading ...

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project