YUL332LX From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 820 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7524 times:
British Airways indicated for the first time publicly yesterday that it could eventually become a customer for the A380, however..
Rod Eddington, BA chief executive, said, that the A380 would be "technically a very good aircraft," but the "jury is still out" on whether it would deliver the necessary standards of passenger service and operating economics because of the logistical problems of embarking and disembarking so many passengers.
"We are not going to make up our minds until we have seen one flying," he said.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12824 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7219 times:
With the A380, not only do you need special 'double decker' gates and jetways, but need considerably more ramp space, more gate agents, larger gate areas and seats, more security, and for inbound, more security, customs, immigration agents. LHR will probably one of the critical airports for use of the A380, but can it handle 12-15 at once? Other airports may not be ready in time to set up to handle this a/c either.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7164 times:
There is some speculation that BA will "share" QF's A380's on the Kangaroo route, and that joint BA-QF services will be operated entirely with QF's A380's. There is no way BA will want not to have access to these modern state of the art aircraft on one of its most important and profitable routes, when the likes of SQ, MH and EK will be offering them.
RT514 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6765 times:
I don't find this surprising at all. In context, however, it is vague and doesn't amount to anything as of yet. I make a prediction, though, that BA places a firm order before the A380 is in regular commercial service.
Ba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8412 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6635 times:
I don't doubt for one moment that BA will order the A380,it's just a question of time.
As stated above and in previous topics,with QF,SQ,VS,MH,KE & EK all flying the A380 and I don't doubt they will all use them into LHR,BA will need to operated some kind of 'super' jumbo to help compete and keep market share,and to be honest,unless Boeing can put some fantastic 747 derivative together,the A380 will be the one.
Boysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 917 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5981 times:
From what I understand certain gates atTerminal 3 at LHR are being upgraded to handle the A380, which is good news for EK, SQ etc. Unfortunately Terminal 4 is not being adapted. This is bad news for BA who currently operate 7 B777/747 daily from LHR to JFK for example. Obviously this could be reduced to 5 A380's meaning that 2 slots per day could be used for other routes. I think the world has room for A & B concept aircraft going forward. The A380 could serve LHR-JFK while the 7E7 could serve a re-launched LHR-SAN.
Roberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5724 times:
Here is the BA schedule JFK-LHR
09:00 21:00 JFK LHR BA 0178 BA 744
18:20 06:25* JFK LHR BA 0112 BA 744
19:00 07:05* JFK LHR BA 0174 BA 744
20:01 08:05* JFK LHR BA 0176 BA 744
21:00 09:05* JFK LHR BA 0114 BA 744
22:00 10:00* JFK LHR BA 0116 BA 744
23:00 11:00* JFK LHR BA 0182 BA 772
Im sure there is room for an A380 on that route somewhere.