IAG boosts British Airways long-haul fleet with 6 Boeing 787-10s

A British Airways Boeing 787-10 climbs after takeoff.
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International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced that it will convert six Boeing 787-10 options held by British Airways into firm orders. At the same time is adding a further six 787-10 options to its long-haul order book.

The Group has also disclosed that it will convert one Airbus A350-900 option held by Iberia into a firm order.

The delivery scheduling for these aircraft is set between 2025 and 2026 and will restore capacity in the respective carriers’ long-haul fleets.

IAG converts Boeing 787-10 options into firm orders

As part of its strategic fleet expansion, IAG has decided to convert six Boeing 787-10 options previously held by British Airways into firm orders.

Additionally, the company is adding six more Boeing 787-10 options to its long-haul order book, which perhaps demonstrates its confidence in the sustained growth in air travel demand. The firm aircraft from this deal are set to be delivered between 2025 and 2026.

A boost for British Airways and Iberia

The newly acquired Boeing 787-10 aircraft will play a vital role in boosting the long-haul fleets of both British Airways and Iberia, which are part of the IAG consortium.

These modern and state-of-the-art aircraft are expected to deliver impressive performance while maintaining a strong focus on fuel efficiency. The move aligns with IAG’s commitment to sustainable practices and reducing its carbon footprint.

IAG commits to sustainability goals

Luis Gallego, the Chief Executive Officer of IAG, expressed his optimism regarding the airline’s decision to invest in the latest generation aircraft. He emphasized that these fuel-efficient Boeing 787-10s will contribute significantly to achieving IAG’s ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

IAG’s Airbus A350-900 firm order

In addition to the Boeing orders, IAG is also converting one Airbus A350-900 option previously held by Iberia into a firm order.

The Airbus A350-900 is renowned for its advanced technology, enhanced aerodynamics, and reduced environmental impact, making it an ideal addition to IAG’s commitment to sustainable aviation.

Other IAG orders

Earlier this month, IAG announced the firming up of an order for 10 Airbus A320neo Family jets. The Group disclosed that deliveries of these aircraft will take place in 2028 and that they “will be used by any of the Group’s current airlines to replace A320ceo family aircraft.”

There are quite a few airlines in the IAG portfolio that operate the Airbus A320ceo family, including British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, and others.

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