NWA ARJ From United States of America, joined May 2001, 547 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1829 times:
I think that the 747 will do just fine. If the airlines already own 747's and they need more they will probably be likely to buy th747 instead of the A380. Take NWA for example: They would never buy the A380 with having 747's in their fleet already and they have 2 orders out on the 747 right now.
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Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1813 times:
I think that question will arise in earnest when the A380 will actually be available. Until then, there´s not even an alternative.
That will change, however, after 2006. Further investing in "the previous generation" of large airliners may become a problem in the flying public´s perception, if the A380 has been introduced and if it is well-received. If the proposed advantages of the A380 over the 747 should materialize, that would increase the pressure even further.
But all that, of course, would assume Boeing sitting on their hands in this matter...
Ba777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
I think that airlines would rather buy the A380 than the 744. One reason is that the 744's design is 30 years old! (airlines like having the newest plane possible) And also, the A380 has much lower seat per mile costs than the 744.
Well, thats just my view
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Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
Actually, the 11% of the reduced seat mile cost is attributed to the increased seating. The remaining 6-7% is from improvements in the structures, systems, etc....
I actually was expecting a little more. It appears that the older technology, while dated, still holds up fairly well....