London - The International Airlines Group (IAG) is looking for new widebody aircraft for its airlines. Boeing seems to be ahead of European competitor Airbus for the future orders.
We had very constructive discussions about widebody aircraft with Boeing,said IAG boss Willie Walsh after the announcement of the financial results for the first quarter.
We will get together with them in the coming days.
British Airways is the only airline of the Group having open orders at Boeing - twelve 787-10, three 787-8 and one 787-9. The other airlines of the IAG have a total of 89 open orders at Airbus.
Due to delivery delays of the A320neo, the mood between IAG and Airbus is not that good at the moment. Walsh also seems to be looking for alternatives to the problematic engines of Pratt & Whitney.
We had a very good dialogue with General Electric on new engines for our single-aisles and widebody aircraft,he said.
In 2016, Walsh had made his displeasure public with Boeing. In contrast to the European competitor, the American aircraft manufacturer had shown little understanding for the difficult situation of the IAG. At that time, Walsh tried to postpone delivery dates.
How this turnaround will be reflected to the orders, be seen in the coming weeks.