Airbus just seems to want to be everything to everyone.
What’s wrong with adjusting aircraft to customers’ needs?
Nothing, as long as the needs of the customers(passengers) of the customers are met favorably.
The 787 and the A380 are in two _TOTALLY_ different markets.
Not really. With these 2 aircraft, Boeing and Airbus are going after the same market. They differ in the perception of the needs of these 2 markets. Airbus believes that there is going to be too many people wanting to go to the same place at the same time. They see an aviation gridlock from too many aircraft and they think that landing slots may become precious. That maybe true, but a sizeable group of todays aircraft are coming up for retirement in many parts of the globe. So there maybe a need for turnover to newer equipment depending on the health of some of the non state-owned carriers. Boeing's take on it is this. Some customers are tired of flying from places like CVG
, having to fly south to ATL
to pick up their flight to NRT
. With the 787, they will be able to fly nonstop or direct to and from more places, in a shorter period. Boeing selling point on the 787 is, that this plane will be able to be used on short, high capacity, domestic legs, and then turn around and fly a long haul flight from a smaller international gateway at the same low cost. This airplane is designed to beat out Airbus in most of it's designs, but also be a solid replacement for most of Boeings previous aircraft, ie classic 737/757/767 aircraft. The plan is to build a new family based on the Dreamliner.
If you notice, there are fewer carriers ready to buy larger jets than smaller.
There are reletively few airports that are willing to have the A380 service. In my honest opinion
, I don't think the A380 is going to sell very many more. If they do, their won't be many. The aircraft will do well in Asia and the frieght world, but other than that, I don't think there is much of a chance. I think EK
will cancel most of it's orders. They'll take about, maybe 10 of the 45 they have on order. 2 or 3 of them will probably be operated for the Royal Family..
As the the A340-500 -- I think there is only so much range that's needed for a commercial airliner.
Range is what the airlines do want. Having to make stops to refuel and reload passengers is very costly. If an airline can do it nonstop, then they will most likely go for it. Until people start dropping like flies to DVT
First of all, how many people would actually _FLY_ 18 hrs+ non stop? If they did up the A340-500, it would be so it could keep a similar range and carry a bigger payload.
An airline's wet dream.
They could rate the engines higher or give it a little bit more fuel capacity. I love the A340-500 AND the 777NGs, don't get me wrong, but there is only so much airlines are going to invest in this niche market.
The way that many carriers operate overseas these days, is the niche market you speak of.