BA delays first A380 beyond London Olympics

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British Airways has again pushed back its A380 deliveries, with the first aircraft due to arrive at the UK flag carrier in 2013 rather than 2012. This means it will not have the double-decker in service ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

The new delivery schedule will see BA receive four Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380s in its 2013 financial year, three aircraft in 2014, three A380s in 2015 and two aircraft in 2016.

The carrier had initially planned to have all 12 of its ordered A380s by 2014, but revealed in summer that later deliveries might slide by up to two years.

Meanwhile, BA forecasts it will take its first two Boeing 787s in 2012, another 10 by 2015, and a total of 24 by 2017.

"We continue to discuss the delivery schedule for the 787 with Boeing," says chief executive Willie Walsh.

He says that the airline will incur no financial penalties from changing its A380 delivery schedule. The change, he adds, will lighten the company's capital expenditure burden over the next few years.

This winter the airline is cutting capacity by 6%, up from a previously announced 5%. Eight 747-400s and eight 757s will be grounded over winter.