IAG Says 777X A 'Perfect Fit' For Parts Of Network
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Source: AWIN First
Walsh says BA is likely to opt for more than one type of aircraft for the fleet renewal. “We have a lot of six- to 10-hour sectors in our North America network, and then we have a lot of 12- to 13-hour sectors. You are not going to get all of that into a single aircraft type, so different aircraft sizes make sense to us,” he says.
The fleet plan at Iberia is more complex. Walsh says that about 80% of the carrier’s long-haul network can be covered by a single aircraft type, but the airline also serves some hot-and-high destinations in Latin America that are performance-critical. Also, Iberia will not be cleared for major fleet investment before significant progress on restructuring has been made.
“The Iberia decision has to be made on the basis of getting return on capital. We are very, very direct about that,” says Walsh. “One of the problems of the industry is that it has not been very disciplined about that in the past, but more and more our industry does have that discipline and more and more our industry is rewarded where it demonstrates that it does have that discipline and penalized where it does not,” he adds.