Press: CEO says BA may buy A380 after 2010

British Airways is considering buying the Airbus superjumbo A380 as part of its plans to renew its long-haul fleet after 2010, BA CEO Willie Walsh said in an interview with Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore. It could be suitable for the London-Hong Kong route or for South Africa,’ Walsh said.

He added that smaller aircraft will be needed for the busier London-New York route where BA has 11 flights a day.

Walsh said that, after 2010, BA needed to replace 34 aircraft, 20 Boeing 747-400 and 14 Boeing 767.

‘Choosing a single type does not meet our needs, we could buy two or three different models,’ he said. ‘A decision will be taken in September.’