Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32115 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
The 777-300ER and A380-800 do it better.
SQ's depreciation rules favor quicker retirements so they are replacing them with A380-800s and 777-300ERs.
AF feels the A380-800 and 777-300ER are more efficient then the 747-400, so that is why they are going.
I expect UA to hold on to their 747-400s for some time.
BA is just starting to replace their oldest 747-400s with A380-800s. Going forward, they will replace the rest with more A380-800s as well as the 777-300ER and/or A350-1000 but this will likely be over the next decade or longer.
Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4930 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1676 times:
There is a market for used 747s as freighters and many airlines feel that it is better to sell them now and get $$ for them then hold on til they are worthless.
The likes of the 77W and A388 are of course more efficient for pax use.