JAL/ANA-the Japanese carriers have already said that they cannot use the A380 in the domestic market without major changes to infrastructure of the airports. They will not buy a plane that can be used internationally and not domestically. This has nothing to do with being "married to the US." Ignorant statements.
Thai will buy it not because they can fill it to LHR
, but because the government of Thailand who owns TG
has stated that it is the responsibility of Thai to bring tourist into Thailand to spend money, not for TG
to make money. Why do you think they almost bought UA
's 744's. It is not for the airline's benefit, its for the good of the country.
As for the rest of the airlines out there, who knows. Air India in the present world could argue for the plane, but if the Indian government stopped being the monkey on their back and they could rationalize their fleet and network properly I would argue the A380 would be a waste of money.
will not buy this airplane. You need a plane that you can transition from one market to the next as traffic patterns change. The 747 is dicey at this stage even now for NW
. When the traffic came apart during SARS and the Asian economic crisis they had no choice but to chuck the planes on Europe, not the optimal market for them. Plus what happens if you have 2 or 3 A380's inbound to NRT
from the States and not enough seats for them to connect onto beyond NRT
? You end up flying empty seats into NRT
. Waste of resources. You might as well put in bars and fitness centers.
This plane seems to work best when doing point-to-point traffic, not feeder flights. There is a capacity problem on the other end and unless there is enough demand to transport in the local market you could be screwed big time. I see this as NW
's biggest problem in Tokyo since there is a significant connection issue.
Look, let's be serious about why airlines are buying this airplane, prestige. The numbers just don't add up especially when these carriers are adding so few to their fleet.
, point to point with some feed to partners OK
, I can see it in this market
-No idea why they bought it.
-same issue just don't see it
-Easy one here, prestige. They probably have enough seats beyond DXB
to make this work. But I would still argue that the 773 would perform this task just as well.
-they are almost solely point-to-point. Could argue they need it with slot problems
-cargo no brainer
-no idea. Their market just doesn't support it
-Same problem as the rest
-just don't get it. They always have to feel like they are the leader. They even code-shared with BA
to put their logo on the Concorde for no reason.
Maybe I am wrong, but it is clear that reducing capacity and trying to improve yield is the only way airlines can make money. Other than the ones stated, airlines are not a public utility. It should not be their responsibility to just put butts in the seats to satisfy someone else's needs.