British Airways wants more Airbus A380s but without the high price tag

By Reuters, March 7 2018
British Airways wants more Airbus A380s but without the high price tag

British Airways parent IAG could consider buying more A380s from Airbus if the superjumbo was cheaper, CEO Willie Walsh said.

IAG operates the British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus airlines, as well as Level, a low cost unit launched last year which flies between Europe and the United States.

BA already flies 12 of the superjumos and could be interested in buying more if Airbus improved the pricing, Walsh said, although the airline was not currently negotiating with Airbus.

"The pricing that Airbus has offered in the past is unacceptable to us," Walsh said on the sidelines of a conference hosted by industry body Airlines for Europe.

"We've said very clearly to Airbus if they want to sell A380s they need to be aggressive on pricing and when they work out how to sell the aircraft, knock on our door and we'll talk to them."

Airbus secured the future of the superjumbo when it agreed a deal with airline Emirates in January for up to 36 A380s worth as much as US$16 billion at list prices.

Those decisions may fall to Level's new chief executive. Walsh said IAG was in the final stages of interviews to appoint a CEO for Level.

BA also wants to run Heathrow T5

Among Walsh's other concerns is the building of a new runway at Heathrow Airport in London, where IAG's biggest airline British Airways is based.

IAG would be interested in running terminals at Heathrow, Walsh said.

The company already runs a terminal at JFK airport in New York and Walsh cited the example of Munich's terminal 2, run as a joint venture between airline Lufthansa and the airport, as a "good example" of how this can be done.

"Would I like to run Terminal 5? Absolutely," Walsh said when asked about his interest in running parts of Heathrow.

Walsh has long-complained about the cost of a proposed new runway at Heathrow, and a lack of competition at the airport, and has recently called for Britain to allow other operators to build facilities and run terminals at Heathrow.

"We know how to do it (run terminals) and we know the benefit that that can bring so we're open to doing it," he said.

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So in the other article about LH wanting A321LRs with more range it says "Lufthansa is not interested in any more A380 superjumbos even though they are available cheaply"...yet BA are complaining they're too expensive. I too would like an A380 without the "high" price tag.

there are cheaper 380s out there coming off lease, maybe if Airbus swallowed the cost of the C checks and a referb IAG may be interested, though honestly they might be worth more as parts and scrap, such is the economics of the industry

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I'd consider buying a Rolls Royce Phantom... If only it were cheaper...


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Face it. BA are plain cheap.

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don't you mean 'plane' cheap?

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As a Pom I’m sore to say BA are an awful airline. Their business class product in particular is diabolical.

Willie Walsh should’ve been sacked years ago.

I wouldn’t fly long haul with them, A380 or not

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It's just posturing as BA is attempting to bring the price down.
Anyway, it's great news for Airbus, avgeeks and the flying public as the A380 is objectively one of the most comfortable aircraft to fly in (not a looker but it scores well in every other domain :) .)

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