Boeing and the International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, has announced the airline will purchase up to 42 777-9 airliners, including 18 orders and 24 options. The 777-9 will replace British Airways’ larger widebody aircraft, primarily the four-engined 747 jumbo jet.
The commitment, valued at up to $18.6 billion at list prices, will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalised.
The 777-9 is larger and has a slightly wider cabin than current 777s, which provides the ability to sit 400-425 passengers in a standard two-class cabin. Powered by 787 Dreamliner technologies, an all-new composite wing, and other enhancements, Boeing says the 777-9 offers airlines 12% lower fuel consumption than competing aircraft. The 777-9 can also fly farther than its predecessors with a standard range of 7,600 nautical miles (14,075km).
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh commented: “The new 777-9 is the world’s most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft and will bring many benefits to British Airways’ fleet. It’s the ideal replacement for the 747 and its size and range will be an excellent fit for the airline’s existing network.
“This aircraft will provide further cost efficiencies and environmental benefits with fuel cost per seat improvements of 30% compared to the 747. It also provides an enhanced passenger experience.”