UK Govt urges BA to buy Rolls Royce, Airbus

The U.K. government is putting pressure on British Airways, to buy Airbus aircraft and Rolls-Royce engines to protect jobs, The Times of London reports Wednesday, citing an unnamed source. BA is weeks away from announcing whether it will buy $6 billion of new aircraft from Boeing Co. (BA) or Airbus. It will spend about $1.5 billion more on engines from either Rolls-Royce or America’s General Electric Co. (GE).

The Times reported that a BA spokesman denied that the government was putting pressure on the company over the fleet renewal program.