Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5069 posts, RR: 44 Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
A little something I was wondering about: With the recent decision to build T5 at Heathrow, it was decided that, while passenger numbers are allowed to grow to 90 million a year from the current 64 million, flight movements can only grow from 460.000 today to 480.000. This means that, in order to get to 90 million passengers, the average number of passengers per plane will have to rise significantly.
Won't this leave BA, as the biggest user of LHR, with no other choice but to buy the Airbus A380, despite them saying they don't need it? I mean in the longer term, after the current problems have been worked out?
Ba777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 674 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2552 times:
I think that Ba should order the A380 regardless of the ammount of flight movements through LHR, because the A380 would be a good replacement for the 744's which by the time that T5 opens may need replacing.
I like British Airways! I'm not sure why, but I do! ;-)
Travellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2546 times:
I'm not sure aiport restrictions have such a determining effect on an airline's operation, especially one as big as BA. I think market conditions, such as the coming of deregulation, have a greater impact on how an airline operates. And I think the market conditions will ultimately determine how aiports grow. But who knows?
BA's 744's are quite new,as are their 50ish 772's; they won't be replaced anytime soon. If they order the 380, it will simply be on its own merits.
It is not enough to be rude; one must also be incorrect.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13319 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
BA will eventually have to go for the A380, while I don't think you'll see saunas and the like on board, the A380 will provide opportunities
for exhanced seating, entertainment and on board sales.
Branson won't be slow to exploit these, and sound off about BA's 'obselete' 744s.
If some 'white-tail' A380's became available, BA could even get some quite early.
But I expect the 777 to provide the mainstay of BA's long-haul equipment for the forseeable future. A380's could replace some 744s, but they'll still have plenty of them for years to come.
Remember, BA were operating 747-136's up to 2000.