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Is It Likely The A380 Will Fly To SEA  
User currently offlineFlybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

Based on current orders it doesn't seem likely the A380 will be a common sight at SEA. WIth UPS and FedEx opting out, are there (based on current orders) any possible airline that would fly to SEA.


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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5173 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4465 times:

Not in the foreseeable future.


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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

No international airlines with them on the books would fill all those seats. There'd be no need for that much capacity at SEA.

User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4395 times:

There's a good chance you'll see them there for the 2010 Winter Games, but otherwise I doubt it.


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9595 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4390 times:

I don't think that it will happen anytime soon. SEA doesn't even see that many 747s. SEA used to have 747s from NW, UA, BA, OZ and BR, but now it is down to sometimes BA and BR which will be switching to 777s. I don't think A380s are coming in the near future. Maybe if BA gets them, but other than that, I don't think they are likely in the next decade.


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9595 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 3):
There's a good chance you'll see them there for the 2010 Winter Games, but otherwise I doubt it.

Why would those go to SEA? The games are in Whistler and Vancouver Canada? YVR will get the special stuff.



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3092 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4373 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 2):
No international airlines with them on the books would fill all those seats. There'd be no need for that much capacity at SEA.

I disagree. I think in certain instances, the A380 would work perfectly at SEA. Take the case of BA for instance. The daily 744 is overloaded in the summer, so additional frequencies are added on certain days. On these days, I'm sure the yields in F and C take a hit because of the glut of extra capacity. In such a case, the A380 would be a perfect fit because it would be more capacity than a 744, but less than 2x daily service. I know BA hasn't ordered the A380, but wanted to demonstrate that it could be ideal under current conditions.

While the A380 is touted as serving high-capacity flagship routes, I think it would actually be just as successful on routes such as this one, where there is more demand than a daily 744 can fulfill, but less than 2x daily 744s or 777s.

That said, I don't believe SEA has made any upgrades in anticipation of the A380, and they certainly aren't expecting it here, so I doubt we'll see one anytime soon.


User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 5):

Yeah, but with full hotels and such, I was thinking SEA would probably get the overflow. A buddy of mine stayed in Seattle when he skied Whistler-Blackcomb.

[Edited 2007-04-05 05:05:00]


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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4306 times:

No. Sea-Tac officials announced several years ago that they won't pay for the upgrades necessary to accomodate the A380. It's not very likely any airline would be looking at flying it here anyways.

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsourc...2&date=20050212&query=Sea-Tac+A380

*Edit*
Just to reiterate: http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seatt...e/stories/2005/01/31/tidbits1.html

[Edited 2007-04-05 05:32:25]


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User currently offlineEVA777SEA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 4):
I don't think that it will happen anytime soon. SEA doesn't even see that many 747s. SEA used to have 747s from NW, UA, BA, OZ and BR, but now it is down to sometimes BA and BR which will be switching to 777s

OZ used to fly the Combi here, the 772 they send is actually an INCREASE in seats. BA sends 10x weekly 744s here in the summer, 7x weekly 744 and 3x weekly 772 in late winter/spring and fall. The only time we see no 744s from BA is in the dead of winter when we still see 10x weekly 772s. Yes, BR says they are planning on sending a 773 here. That is also an increase in Capacity over the combi they send here now.


User currently offlineAussieItaliano From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4150 times:

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 8):
No. Sea-Tac officials announced several years ago that they won't pay for the upgrades necessary to accomodate the A380.

With Boeing's assembly plant right down the freeway, it would almost be a slap in the face to a lot of Washingtonians if Sea-Tac officials had decided to pay for those upgrades.

Honestly though, I just don't see the demand for it. The only airline with a hub at SEA is AS, and they are not a major player in a huge world alliance. Remember that the A380 was built for markets like FRA-ORD (with connecting traffic at both ends) or markets with lots of O and D traffic like LAX, LHR, HKG, NRT, and NYC. Although the SEA area is a major metropolitan area, it's not a big enough O and D market to warrant one of the A380 customers flying the whale-jet there.



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4096 times:

SEA no, though Airbus might want to do a touch-and-go at PAE.

User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4070 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 11):
SEA no, though Airbus might want to do a touch-and-go at PAE.

Airline industry drive-by?  biggrin 



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 12):
Airline industry drive-by?

Any shooting would be with a camera.  Smile


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5173 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

No A380 at SEA even if the airport made said upgrades--in reference to the winter olympics that wouldn't even justify an A380--even if they did get overflow you'd only see marginal upgrades at SEA (a 757 for a 737 or a 747 for a 777 at best).


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