British Airways is set to welcome 18 new Boeing planes to its fleet.
The airline’s parent company, IAG, has placed an order with the aircraft manufacturer for 18 new Boeing 777-9 aircraft, plus 24 options.
Each plane will be fitted with 325 seats across four cabins, and will be powered by General Electric GE9X engines.
The new planes will replace some of British Airways’ existing fleet, taking the place of 14 Boeing 747-400 aircraft, as well as four Boeing 777-200.
The company says that the replacements will be taking place between 2022 and 2025.
The Boeing 777 aircraft won’t be the only new additions to the British Airways fleet.
IAG currently has orders for 12 more Boeing 787 Dreamliners, four B777-300ERs and 18 A350s on order.
Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “The new B777-9 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 Boeing 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 per cent compared to the Boeing 747. It also provides an enhanced passenger experience.”
It’s an exciting year for the airline, which is currently celebrating its centenary.
To mark the occasion, one of its Boeing 747 aircraft was given a very special makeover – and aviation fans had a case of deja vu.
The aircraft had been painted in the iconic design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), which featured on the airline’s fleet between 1964 and 1974.
It will sport the vintage livery until 2023 when the aircraft retires, by which time British Airways aims to have retired the majority of its 747 fleet.