RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9132 posts, RR: 52 Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3737 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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RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3045 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3720 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.
EVA777SEA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 471 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3647 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.
AussieItaliano From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3497 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.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4957 posts, RR: 8 Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3273 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).