I cannot find weight pay-load figures, range is 8000nm with 555 passengers, but with reduced payload? Can´t find it..
My browser totally freaked out trying to open this file, but here you go. I'm really starting to hate the .pdf format-
See page 64
200 pax less = 20 tons less payload = potentially 20 tons more fuel = probably some 800nm more range because the plane is very light when those 20 tons fuel finally have to be burned.
When you say SYD
to Europe, I assume you are figuring that these routes would be to LHR
? I don't see anyone
using the A380 for long-thin premium service... so it would have to be a big-ticket market. I assume LHR
would be the biggest of these...
= 9,188 nm
= 9,127 nm
Also figure in about 450 nm worth of reserve fuel and another 450 to fight head-winds.. and you need almost a full 10,000 nm worth of range to fly these routes. Judging by the .pdf, this would be a very meager payload of 20 tons, versus a 95 ton payload for an 8000nm flight.
That's nearly a 75% payload reduction. The amenities on board such a flight could be borderline rediculous... but I assume highly
uneconomical. I would think it would be in the best interest of airlines like QF
to begin opperating A388 on SYD
and run non-stop premium services with a smaller B/C-market aircraft like the A345, 7E7-8/9, or 777-200LR
Major correction- I rechecked the payload/range Z-chart and I no longer believe LHR-SYD/MEL is possible
. The figure I quouted above was for the A380F.... for a passenger A380 to fly 9500+nm, there would be less than a 10 ton payload...
[Edited 2004-09-15 00:32:59]