well cedarjet where do you see the A380 going? at the moment SQ
has it's first A380 down to do the Kangaroo route and not the West Coast of the US as some have stated. most of the worlds airports won't even be able to handle an aircraft this size, it's simply quite unerenomical for alot of existing infrastructure. if that's all the point to point's you have to offer and even then we don't know if all those will eventuate then i don't know that the A380 will do that well. and get this cedarjet, alot of europeans don't want to have to fly from say ATH
to get on an A380 to get to JFK
when they can get on an A340 and be there alot quicker!
it'll serve it's purpose on runs like SIN
where large numbers of people need to be moved, but it'' be working along side the trusty 747 aswell because carriers like Qantas aren't going to just have 1xA380 a day from Syd-Lax, it'll be a mix of the A380 and the 747.
i spend alot of time at NRT
, in recent times the decreasing amount of 747's is very noticeable, long are the days of NW
sending every 747 in the fleet to NRT
, now we see the new A330 and a few 747's and lots of 757's and the old DC10's, UA
sends so many 777's to NRT
that you could almost photograph the fleet there, SQ
now send's the 777 and the 747.
JAL sends the 747 to US and Europe and now the 777's are on the Europe runs EX Tokyo and Kansai. ANA sends a few 744's to the US and alot more 777's of recent times. JAL will start sending 773ER will operate to Paris in the near future, and this is one of JAL's most lucrative sectors.
Sydney is full of Qantas 747's, a few from SQ
, the rest of the international market is dominated by the A340, A330 and the 777. of the airlines that have ordered the A380 how many will definately fly it to a place like Sydney? Qantas will of course, SQ
and maybe MH
, that's not really moving alot more people considering that SQ
will have it configured for only about 460 and 20 crew, it's about 90 seats more than the 744's they send down now. i don't see KE
operating an A380 to SYD
then leaving it on the ground for 12 hours before it's evening departure, this is what they currently do with the 744.
i believe if the A380 is to be a real success they need to get the Japanese carriers onboard, JL
flying around Japan with the A380 configured for 700 people would mean the A380 has truly arrived, the Japanese are among the most widely travelled in the world, yet JL
see no need for an aircraft of this size, if one of the biggest markets in the world is leaning towards the 773ER then what does that really say to Airbus if they can't lure this most lucrative of customers.
anyways, for me it's not a matter of A vs B, just a matter of smart business, i don't care what i fly on as long as it gets me ther, but if the A380 isn't going to get me to where i want to go ASAP then i will simply choose the otion that will, and now thats the A345 or the 773ER.
that's just my humble opinion and i'm so wacked out on morphine at the moment that i don't know if i've made sense, but i hope i have.
[Edited 2005-01-20 13:09:20]