Well, except that ANA just announced they will be all Boeing asap and JAL is all Boeing and always will be.
Yeah, except for all those A300's they're flying around, many of which they have no intention of retiring any time soon from what I've read (a few will be/have been).
And ANA's not going to be all-Boeing until 2009, which leaves them quite a while to change strategy should something interesting come up.
Obviously if the A380 is only certified up to 600 passengers, then ANA and JAL really have no need for them whatsoever, given that their 747-400D's carry 568 or so. But they do have a need for an aircraft that can carry more passengers than that, so if Airbus releases a stretched A380 or just a higher-capacity version of the currently announced version, I have no doubt ANA and JAL would both have interest. That's assuming Boeing doesn't do something else with the 747.
ANA is supposedly going to be converting all of their 747 routes to 777's eventually, which I just don't believe is even possible in Japan, let alone practical. They're giving up almost 200 passengers per flight - they'd have to almost double the frequency to make up for it (actually probably more than that, considering they'd be burning more fuel to carry the same number of pax, not to mention maintaining more planes), which they literally can't at some of these airports in Japan. Obviously they can't talk about any plans Boeing may have for the 747 right now (though they'd obviously know what's up), and they have no interest in the current A380, but it seems to me they'd obviously have interest in a fuel-efficient super-jumbo airliner, whoever builds it. I mean the more I think about it, the more I think they're hiding something. And I understand Airbus does have plans eventually for larger versions of the A380.
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