New Boeing 747 and 787 for British Airways?
Grottaglie, Italy - Announcement by product manager of the Seattle giant last Friday
(WAPA) - "British Airways could announce a possible purchase of B-787s and B-747s within two weeks. Air France-Klm and Luftansa are considering this option in the context of an expansion and renewal programme for their long-range fleet, but the decision will not be made before 2008". This was stated last Friday on behalf of Boeing manager Jim Haas during his visit to the Alenia Aeronautica plant in Grottaglie, southern Italy (Puglia Region).
Haas also declared that for the B-787 the bookings list is closed until 2013, thus a carrier that wanted to place an order could do so only as of 2014. "We have had more orders from Asian air companies because they recovered more quickly after September 11th 2001 than the Europeans and the North-Americans" he said, answering to the question of why among the purchasers of the model (710 airplanes in total) there are no European carriers. A very diplomatic statement, considering the fact that in Europe there is Boeing's eternal rival, namely the Airbus consortium. However, the question asked is incorrect, as among the 48 buyers of the 787-Dreamliner there is also Italy's Blue Panorama.
Haas was visiting the factory in Grottaglie to follow the state of the works for the B-787's horizontal stabilizers and the central sections of the fuselage, entrusted to the industry controlled by Finmeccanica (see AVIONEWS). (Avionews)