MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1885 times:
Don't forget the cargo operators. The cargo market is growing with double digits for years and years; outside the public focus, FedEx and UPS are growing to airlines as big as UA, AA... I would expect either these, Polar or Atlas buying some cargo A380s. Maybe not now, but around 2008 there sure are some US A380s.
UA and NW might buy some when seatmileprices of the A380 are favorable and they have substantial routes for the aircraft (only a fleet of 10 to 15 aircraft on the minimum would make sense, otherwise they'd better let two 744s do the same job as one A380.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Republic From Canada, joined Dec 2012, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1884 times:
Another key question: what route/s would a US based airline utilize the A-380? Pretty much whoever operates the 747 is a potential customer for the A-380. Those that don't, ie: AA,DL,CO,US, won't. UA and NW are the lone two that could. But on what routes? And then, maybe a combi variant? In the future, maybe Fedex with a freighter variant?