Astuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10012 posts, RR: 96 Posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4891 times:
Article in this week's FI.
FEDEX's David Sutton - MD aircraft aquisitions + sales says:-
Would love to have the A380-900F now.
Expects it to be available c 2014.
-900 would have less range than -800 with 150t, but "ideal" for Regional + US routes.
FEDEX eyeing up Pax conversion -800's to bolster additional new-builds.
Says -800 pax conversions will come as airlines "trade-up" to A380-900 passenger versions + trade on their -800's c 2020 (wonder if he's been talking to Emirates?..)
Says -800 pax conversions would be less capable than new-builds due to lower operating weights, but still useful.
He sees a fleet of 200+ (that's what he said...) A380F's in the marketplace in the next 20 years
Just as reported in Flight International.
Hope it's of interest.....
Quoting Astuteman (Thread starter): -900 would have less range than -800 with 150t, but "ideal" for Regional + US routes.
Airbus could produce the A380-900RF which would most likely be the heaviest A380, but at this engine power, if availble, noise level might surpass QC2.
It would have about the same range as the A380-800F, but a payload of at least 170 tons.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4158 times:
I think the package freight market is one area in which the A380 will shine. The A380 will offer FedEx a big leap in efficiency. There was an article before on aviationnow.com that is no longer available which illustrated the benefits of having A380. I was impressed.
It is no surprise to hear FedEx remains enthusiastic considering how much they have to gain.
NASOCEANA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2547 times:
FedEx is beating all cargo carriers to the punch as they are sightly showing their long-term goals and probably shoring up commerical A380's for conversion as other airlines upgrade and to better version they will have an agreement to sell the older ones to FedEx. IMO its brilliant!