British Airways appears to have reduced the number of Boeing 787-9s it expects to receive, according to parent IAG’s latest fleet plan.

The fleet plan outlined in IAG’s full-year results shows a total of 18 787-9s for the carrier, three fewer than the 21 listed in the half-year schedule.

Sixteen of these aircraft have already been delivered.

The latest IAG schedule appears to show that the three absent 787-9s have been converted to the smaller 787-8. IAG chief Willie Walsh had previously stated, in 2015, that the company saw "better opportunities" with the -8.

BA has eight 787-8s in service but the outstanding number on order has been raised from one to four.

These four 787-8s, plus the two remaining 787-9s and the 12 787-10s on order are all scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2021.

Boeing's order backlog figures for BA's 787 fleet are consistent with the amended IAG fleet plan.

IAG had also listed 18 options for 787-9s at the end of 2015 but this had been adjusted to six -9s and 12 -8s by mid-2016 before being revised again to 18 -9s in the latest schedule.

BA has reduced to 37 the number of Boeing 747-400s in its fleet and cut the total number of 767-300s to eight.

Source: Cirium Dashboard