Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1497 posts, RR: 19 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2631 times:
No discussion possible: DXB
Why? Because EK will be the largest A380 operator in the world
Even if EK has the largest order for A380s, lets not forget SIN whose national carrier SQ also has some A380s in the pipeline besides being one of the main target markets for this type of aircraft for carriers from Europe (AF/LH), Australia (QF). DXB on the other hand is likely to have fewer A380s from other airlines coming in there compared to SIN.
LHR is another market where we may see significant movements by A380 aircraft in myriad liveries besides being VS' hub (as yet another A380 customer).
Strictly my views!!
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Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2109 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2553 times:
But EVERY A380 of EK should pass through DXB every day or every other day, right? And since they're ordering 45 of them (is that right?), that would be at least 30-35 A380 in DXB every day. Don't see how any other airport would come close.
JFK? Well, what am I missing? One daily from AF, EK if they get going, who else, though? SQ? I'm not seeing how JFK or even LAX will see more than 6 or 7 a day. IMHO.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1230 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2498 times:
"Even if EK has the largest order for A380s, lets not forget SIN whose national carrier SQ also has some A380s in the pipeline besides being one of the main target markets for this type of aircraft for carriers from Europe (AF/LH), Australia (QF). DXB on the other hand is likely to have fewer A380s from other airlines coming in there compared to SIN."
Agreed. SIN should see the most A380 movements in Asia, followed by NRT & HKG. At the moment I don't foresee any foreign airlines operating the A380 to DXB. Perhaps BA if they ordered the A380?
NRT should be on the list of major A380 airports as NRT is heavily slot restricted.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
JeanLeloup, DXB will certainly one of the first, and maybe the first, in terms of MOVEMENT of A380, as it 's EK homebase, but as I mentionned before, DXB will not see many others A380 from other airlines... The topic is about A380 destinations and JFK, LHR, LAX, SIN, SYD are more likely to be the "preferred" destinations of Airlines with A380, rather than DXB.
Phxinterrupted From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
"Once the Japanese buy in, it will be Tokyo-Haneda, the domestic airport."
Unlikely. Airbus has had relatively little success in Japan. Not to mention, JAL and ANA are rumored to be the launch customers for Boeing's Dreamliner. I think in general the Japanese share Boeing's position that a fuel-efficient plane in the 200-300 seat range makes more sense than a 550+ seat plane.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7865 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1963 times:
SFO is definitely a destination for the A380-800.
I see SQ flying it on the SIN-HKG-SFO route, VS flying it on the LHR-SFO route, LH flying it on the FRA-SFO route and possibly AF flying it on the CDG-SFO route during the summer peak season. Given that SFO's new International Terminal is ready for the A388 (with possible easy upgrades to dual-level jetwalks at the 80 x 80 meter gates on Concourses A and G), SFO could end up attracting quite a lot of A388 traffic.
Surprisingly, LAX may not get A388 traffic initially; the Tom Bradley International Terminal needs to be completely rebuilt to accommodate the A388, and the runways and taxiways will have to be widened and strengthened, too. It's possible that QF's flights to the USA from SYD will have to use SFO initially until the LAX facilities are upgraded.
Shenzhen From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 1706 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1897 times:
LAX is in an interesting position. The cost of upgrading the airport without an airline based there that will be operating the A380. What will be the driving force to make them upgrade (billion or more dollars?).
Will SFO steal away enough traffic to force an upgrade in the near future?
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 4982 posts, RR: 7 Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
I have read that the upgrade costs for LAX aren't all that huge - under $50 million. The US airlines who pay most of the bills, however, are not A380 customers and aren't eager to pay the bulk of the costs to benefit a couple flights a day.
LA will undoubtedly get around to completing the upgrade; but the A380 operators may see some special fees to help pay for it.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7865 posts, RR: 5 Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1579 times:
The problem with LAX trying to accommodate the A380-800 are:
1) The Tom Bradley International is woefully inadequate to handle the plane. It's already inadequate the handle the numerous 747's that fly in and out of that airport! They really need to completely rebuild that terminal from the ground up so only only can it accommodate the A388 with its 80 x 80 meter parking ramp space and possible dual-level jetwalk access, but get enough parking gates to accommodate the 747's that fly in and out of that airport. That is unless LAX reconfigures its remote parking gates so they use mobile lounges like what you see at IAD.
2) They would have to widen the runways/taxiways and strengthen the Sepulveda Boulevard underpass to accommodate the size and the weight of the A388.
Total upgrade cost: US$1.1 billion. No wonder why LAX authorities are worried that some A388 traffic could end up at SFO instead (SFO is just about ready to accommodate the A388, with only taxiway improvements necessary).