8 APRIL 2013


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Article from BTNews 8 APRIL 2013

British Airways adds Dreamliners

Seen as support and a show of confidence for Boeing, a long time aircraft supplier, during a difficult period, British Airways has firmed up an option for 18 787 Dreamliners.  The long haul aircraft would replace some of BA's current fleet of Boeing 747-400s between 2017 and 2021.

Boeing has said it is confident the recent fix for the grounded jet's battery problems would work, and Chief Executive Jim McNerney urged regulators on 28 March to allow the plane back into service.

The order is on top of a previous commitment by British Airways for 24 787s.

Boeing has booked orders for 42 Dreamliners so far this year, with 49 delivered and the backlog at just under 800.  In spite of the problems aircraft are being assembled at a rate of seven per month from production lines at Everett (Seattle) and Charleston. www.ba.com  www.boeing.com/commercial

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