|Quoting KarlB737 (Reply 5):|
They didn't retain their 747s -- could that have any connection to this decision as well? I don't know thats why I ask.
The 747 doesn't fit in FX
ops, because of the use of containers.In addition , their problem is not weight, but volume. Flying the 747 means 25 to 30% of the main deck volume will be lost. You don't make money by transporting air.
About the 777, I see it as an interim aircraft first, because of the A380 delay, and after that, as an MD11 replacement. (in the FX
configuration, you have 26 top deck positions on the MD11, and only 27 for the 777; other advantage is range at heavy payloads)
But I would not be surprised, following what F Smith declared in various newspapers in Jan/Feb, to see an order around 2011, and delivery around 2014/15. The idea is that at this time, productions problems at Airbus will be solved, development of A350 will be advanced enough to free engineers for the development of the A380F. And having the return of experience from the pax version, it should be even better than planned initially.