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​More A380s of interest to IAG but prices 'ridiculous': chief

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh is interested in purchasing more Airbus A380s but "wouldn't waste 10 seconds on it" based on prices he has seen.

"We're always open to offers from Airbus," Walsh said in Brussels today. "We're not negotiating – we've said very clearly to Airbus, if they want to sell A380s they need to be aggressive on pricing."

IAG carrier British Airways has 12 A380s in service, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows, "and we're very pleased with them", Walsh notes. "We're probably one of the best examples of how the A380 works… It works extremely well in our network."

He describes prices he has seen from Airbus, however, as "unacceptable to us", adding that he is "not going to waste any time coming up with a price. That's for [Airbus]. If they want to sell the aircraft, they know that we're a potential buyer… They know that we're open to operating more of them… but only if the price is right."

Walsh also reiterates that IAG would be interested in purchasing second-hand A380s: "If somebody wants to sell them, we're certainly prepared to listen."

Iberia and Aer Lingus have previously been identified by Walsh as possible A380 operators within IAG, alongside BA.

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