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FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Thu May 24, 2007 3:20 pm

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FedEx has not ruled out completely its interest in an A380 freighter even though it canceled its $2.3 billion order for 10 last November. "Of course we will look at it again," Chairman, President and CEO Fred Smith said yesterday in Memphis. "It's a great airplane--a marvelous piece of engineering." But he said the delays besetting the program have rendered a freighter version an option for the more distant future. "Airbus had limited resources and it would have difficulty meeting customer needs and developing a freighter," he said.

Taken from ATWonline. Not so much new in it but FedEx apparently expects Airbus to revive the A380F at a later date. And it somewhat confirms the version that Airbus was more or less pushing FedEx and UPS to cancel the A380F to be able to focus on the A380 Pax.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Thu May 24, 2007 10:43 pm

Well, what else is there to be said? Fred put it very clear...

FX is always open to analyzing godd business ideas. If the A380F ever gets to be attractive again, I'm sure FX will look into it again. Regardless of the A380 order cancellation, FX continues to be Airbus' single most important widebody customer.

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Thu May 24, 2007 10:46 pm

The A380/380F will likely have a 20+ year production cycle, so of course Fedex will look at it again. As will many carriers not even remotely on the 380 radar screen right now in 2007 as possible customers.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 12:20 am

Perhaps it will be good for Airbus , to take time to restart a new A380F version , this time with a nose being capable to be open.
We all now this is not important for parcels carriers such as Fedex and UPS , but will be likely for other carriers , so that not let's alone the 747-8F on this segment of the market.
 
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 1:10 am

Quoting FCKC (Reply 3):
Perhaps it will be good for Airbus , to take time to restart a new A380F version , this time with a nose being capable to be open.

I thought part of the reason that Airbus did not put the nose door on the airplane was because the upper deck can not be removed from the plane because it is being used to strengthen the fuselage and would weaken the airframe to much.
 
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 2:17 am

Quoting FCKC (Reply 3):
We all now this is not important for parcels carriers such as Fedex and UPS

...only thing is, with the A380F's payload density profile, carrying parcel was just about the only thing it was competitively suited for.

Would take a considerable amount of redesign, encompassing far more than installing a oversize-access opening, to rectify that.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 2:56 am

Since the only carriers who can use the A380F effectively are the package freight companies, I doubt that it will ever see the light of day. Airbus would be crazy to build it just for two customers and 20-40 frames at most. Unless more customers emerge willing to buy it should be forgotten.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 3:26 am

Can anyone define 'politically correct' statement?

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 5:30 am

Quoting Soundtrack (Reply 7):
Can anyone define 'politically correct' statement?

You have every right to your own opinion just as long as it agrees with mine.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 5:37 am

I imagine the A380 will go to the freighters for refurbishing once the current pax model becomes old and tired. I just don't see it as a medium lift model in today's time frame, unless it was stacked full of FedEx-UPS mail and small package delivery.
 
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 5:43 am

Quoting Adriaticus (Reply 1):
Regardless of the A380 order cancellation, FX continues to be Airbus' single most important widebody customer.

You probably meant "most important _freight_ widebody customer."
 
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 5:56 am

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 5):
...only thing is, with the A380F's payload density profile, carrying parcel was just about the only thing it was competitively suited for.

Would take a considerable amount of redesign, encompassing far more than installing a oversize-access opening, to rectify that.

I agree with you that the A380F is ideally suited for UPS and FDX, and i am sure it will come....

Airbus have bought some time to rethink the freighter whale, and naturally both UPS and FDX will look at it again, they simply have to if you look at their business plans.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 5:59 am

Quoting SEPilot (Reply 8):
You have every right to your own opinion just as long as it agrees with mine.

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 6:19 am

Most here convinced themselves the 748F is a superior freighter and that was what basicly killed the A380F.

The truth is Airbus had to concentrate at the passenger variant and explained this to it´s -F customers that were / are understandebly not happy with it.

An A380F can do a transpacific return flight with 140 tons within 24 hrs at unbeatable trips costs. The 748F doesn´t come close. Fedex knows it, UPS knows it everybody knows it.



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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 6:21 am

Coming in 2026, the A380-BCF
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 6:24 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 13):
Most here convinced themselves the 748F is a superior freighter and that was what basicly killed the A380F.

The truth is Airbus had to concentrate at the passenger variant and explained this to it´s -F customers that were / are understandebly not happy with it.

An A380F can do a transpacific return flight with 140 tons within 24 hrs at unbeatable trips costs. The 748F doesn´t come close. Fedex knows it, UPS knows it everybody knows it.

...really? was that the reason why only two carriers had ordered the A380F (and one canceling their order)?

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 6:55 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 13):
Most here convinced themselves the 748F is a superior freighter and that was what basicly killed the A380F.

Most here were convinced of the truth - the A380F as we currently know it quickly became DBA - dead before arrival - killed by none other than Airbus and their mistakes.

Quoting Keesje (Reply 13):
The truth is Airbus had to concentrate at the passenger variant

And why is that, Keesje? You know the answer, you just don't like it.

Quoting Keesje (Reply 13):
An A380F can do a transpacific return flight with 140 tons within 24 hrs at unbeatable trips costs. The 748F doesn´t come close. Fedex knows it, UPS knows it everybody knows it.

No, the A380F cannot do a transpacific return flight with 140 tons within 24 hrs at unbeatable trips costs. It doesn't exist, and unfortunately for Airbus, their early and developmental performance estimates tend to be very liberal and open for major change. Boeings tend to be more conservative and the real thing usually exceeds estimations.

Fedex and UPS knew something alright - they knew that Airbus wouldn't be able to support their demand, they knew Airbus was pulling effort away from the A380F, they knew that the A380F as it stands now is a dead end, and they made the right choice and cancelled.

Of course they'll look at it again, but don't be holding your breath for an order anytime soon. Airbus has a lot to do before reigniting the A380F.



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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 6:59 am

Quote:
Of course we will look at it again,"

...in about 20 years.  Silly

Seriously, I think this is very revealing. I think it implies that it was Airbus who pushed the 380F back.  Wink
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 7:05 am

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 17):

Seriously, I think this is very revealing. I think it implies that it was Airbus who pushed the 380F back.

They would have to have been seriously demented not to; if in fact they had 1500 engineers working on it for 24 frames at its peak. Those engineers are needed far more for straightening out the A380 passenger and developing the A350.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 7:19 am

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 17):
Seriously, I think this is very revealing. I think it implies that it was Airbus who pushed the 380F back.

For those that feel more comfortable with the "A380F just ain´t good enough" story: skip this..

But the freighter version has been "delayed" until at least 2014, with 1,500 engineers shifted from freighter production to the passenger version. "Because most of the demand was on the passenger side, we wanted to focus our engineering resources on the passenger version, much to the chagrin of FedEx and UPS," Leahy said, noting that the US cargo carriers cancelled orders when informed they would not receive A380Fs until at least 2012 (ATWOnline, March 5). "We made a decision to sacrifice our freighter customers for the passenger version." http://atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=8718
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 9:12 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 19):
For those that feel more comfortable with the "A380F just ain´t good enough" story: skip this..

How many firm orders are there for the A380F?

When will the 380F EIS?

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 10:05 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 19):
"Because most of the demand was on the passenger side, we wanted to focus our engineering resources on the passenger version, much to the chagrin of FedEx and UPS," Leahy said

 checkmark  You are absolutely right! Anything that begins or ends with "Leahy said" and/or "Carson said" CAN be skipped over. . .  Yeah sure


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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 11:32 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 13):
Most here convinced themselves the 748F is a superior freighter and that was what basicly killed the A380F.

That does seem to be the conclusion of critical thinkers. (Nose Door Zealots need not apply.) As you probably know, I have great admiration for the A380, but the cold hard numbers, derived from the respective published specs, do suggest that the 748F is superior, at least on the basis of fuel efficiency.

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 11:44 am

Considering the Nose Access on the Maindeck of the A380 being restricted unlike the B747-8.Wouldn't the latter be a better choice.
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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 12:02 pm

Quoting Keesje (Reply 19):
For those that feel more comfortable with the "A380F just ain´t good enough" story: skip this..

I'll gladly skip the crap that spews out of Leahy's mouth. Your own problem if you don't.



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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 8:05 pm

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 17):
...in about 20 years.

Earlier. If the current increase of parcel cargo of near to ten % per year continues, and if globalisation continues to the extreme that you order a pair of jeans and a pair of shoes at Amazon, and it gets packed and delivered to you directly from China as a parcel, and you send it back if they do not fit - with these large IFS there is an A380F market.

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Fri May 25, 2007 11:34 pm

If the A380F ever flies, Anchorage will be loaded with them making fuel stops..........................AWESOME!!!!

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RE: FedEX: Will Look At A380F Again

Sat May 26, 2007 5:06 am

The Fed Ex statement is old news. Fred said that shortly after the cancelation. It isn't going to be next week when Fed Ex looks at the A380 again. I will say that you will probably never see the A380 as a Brown Tail. UPS plans to have 42 744's or 748's in either new builds, used freighters like the 3 we just bought from Cargolux orconversions like we bought from Eva. The 42 747's are supposed to by 2012. The Classics are gone after this year. The 727 is gone and the DC-8 will still be churning for a few more years unless something come up.

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