Semaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 836 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1671 times:
After years of following A.net I thought I might just ask this question which has been bothering me for some time now...
After the Japan incidents LH decided to reroute their A380 via ICN for a couple of reasons. Now they are back to the usual schedule to fly to NRT directly, however loads have dropped to just about 200+ pax on each flight (compared to 500+ before), still they are using the A380.
I wonder, is there an agreement between Japan and Germany (or LH) that they must use the A380? I know cargo might play a role, but wouldn't an A346 suit the role as well?
I know there are certain agreements which do not allow the use of aircraft bigger than something else (e.g. the LH A380 - India service issue), but are there also agreements which state that some routes must be served with some prestigeous aircraft?
Thanks in advance.
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TruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1639 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
I would be very surprised. The Japanese government has no control over LH so could not decide what aircraft it flies to its Japanese ports. LH makes the decision based on profitability. In fact, the only situation I could think of would be LH not being able to fly the A380 to Japan as it could have to many seats that could go against any agreement between the two countries. So no, LH would do it purely based on profitability, not government control.