According to an article in atwonline LH has upto 18 A380 destinations on the radar. If they'd go ahead with all 18 of them on a daily basis with the majority of the roundtrips taking longer then 24 hours ( ie. NRT, HKG, SIN, BKK, PEK, PVG, CPT, JNB, LAX, SFO,...) they'll need a lot more then the initial order for 15.
from the article,
According to a source close to the airline, LH has up to 18 A380 destinations on the radar and plans to select initial gateways one year before putting the aircraft into service. Johannesburg and Cape Town are among cities under consideration.
edited: I see that PM was quicker with posting the link.
The obvious meaning is that 18 LH destinations are being evaluated as to whether the 747-8 or the WhaleJet makes the most business sense.
With 15 WhaleJets plus 20 747-8s replacing 30 747-400s, it is not at all clear that LH will be exercising options for either anytime soon. I believe the 747-8 order probably forclosed the exercise of WhaleJet options and the 747-8 options were taken only as a contingency in case Airbus fail completely to deliver the WhaleJets. Time will tell.
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4111 posts, RR: 39 Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6790 times:
Quoting Zvezda (Reply 6): I believe the 747-8 order probably forclosed the exercise of WhaleJet options and the 747-8 options were taken only as a contingency in case Airbus fail completely to deliver the WhaleJets. Time will tell.
Last week´s comments from Mr. Mayrhuber clearly point towards a follow-on order from LH for the A380 and indicate that the B747-800 order for 20 firm is likely not to remain at 20 in the long-term. BTW, what is the "WhaleJet"?? Never heard that one before. Are you refering to the A380?
Stylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2870 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6618 times:
Quoting Tom_eddf (Reply 14): ... but the term "WhaleJet" is only used by a select number of people on select forums on the internet. Media and most people I know commonly refer to the A380 as the "superjumbo".
the time will show which term we'll use for the A380 The plane is still in its infancy
Scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3254 posts, RR: 10 Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6544 times:
Quoting WINGS (Reply 16): Lufthansa is currently the forth largest A380 customer with 15 frames on orders. Previously they were the second largest customer, but have since been over taken by Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
They'd better do it soon or they'll be down to 5th (when BA orders 20 + 20!)
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 7771 posts, RR: 26 Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6429 times:
Quoting WINGS (Reply 18):
Does anyone know if they is likely to happen?
Lufthansa Cargo is a separate company, which does not mean that they could eventually take over slots if required.
LHCargo is not making any investments at the moment as there is a silly night curfew attached to the new runway expansion at FRA. If that night curfew is actually imposed, the existance of LH Cargo in its present form is threatened.
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25 Flying-Tiger: Might be one argument of several. I rather guess that they are very reluctant to pay high(est) prices now on top of the cycle for new equipment, and
26 PanHAM: That's not the way a blue chip company is run. LCAG is in air cargo and not in gambling. Fact is that they have deferred all investments, including i
27 SAOAP: I heard MEX and GRU were being studied too... Maybe ORD. That would leave 1 gateway unacounted for.
28 Scouseflyer: Agreed the 748F seems to be the right lane and the right time and the right price.
29 PM: I assume it's the FRA-TXL shuttle to replace - at last - the A300s!
30 Columba: Lufthansa has always pointed out that their biggest rivals are the Gulf carriers such as EK and that they can only grow on long haul routes. EK will
31 Columba: but I doubt a that there still will be a FRA-TXL shuttle in 4 years. FRA-BER on the other hand will likely see at least one A330 per day together wit
32 PanHAM: 'Ya never know in Berlin. May be BBI turns into a pink elephant? Whatevere, I challenge the 2011 opening date for BBI. As to the potential 380 destin
33 GBan: " target=_blank>http://www.google.nl/search?hl=en&q=...+a380 Hey, the hit count is only 900.000 vs 2.000 and you are already drawing conclusions...
34 TommyBP251b: I guess CGN will be the winner in this case.
35 CXfirst: This is a huge increase in VLA, but it might happen. They can't really replace the A343/6 with 747 and A380's (maybe A346, but those are so new), so
36 PanHAM: with a 100% night curfew there will be no winners, only losers. The all important connectivity between freighter and passenger aircraft cannot be mai
37 Slz396: Still remember the press conference where John Leahy said customers showed great satisfaction with the A380 by ordering more, and then specifically me