JAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
There has been a lot of talk and trends on the market performance or suitability for both the A380 and 747ADV. Apart from the market factors, how will airports ability to accommodate any of these planes ( if the 747ADV is built ) affect their sales? Even though they will occupy different niches will for example the ability of the 747 ADV to fit at more airports than the A380 affect an airline decision to buy either? Maybe an airline will adjust their route structure or aircraft type depending on how these planes can fit at certain airports.
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9080 posts, RR: 37 Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
I would have thought that the 747ADV would hold most of the cards in that department. 450 passengers to almost anywhere as against 550 (apparently as few as 500 longhaul) to no more than a couple of dozen airports worldwide.
The 747 itself got off to a slow start when it was introduced, because so many airports needed to carry out capital works to accommodate it.
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
"Apparently" in your view, you should add. Because there's still no realiable indication anywhere that airlines will not be able to fly more 500 pax on longhaul.
And again for you: there will be airlines with MORE than 500 seats on longhauls. EK will offer different configurations, including 517 and 649 seats. And last time I checked, both 517 and 649 were more than 500...
Quoting NAV20 (Reply 2): The 747 itself got off to a slow start when it was introduced, because so many airports needed to carry out capital works to accommodate it.