Time changes everything, including traffic patterns, demand forecasts and the like. SQ
's first A380 was supposed to launch on SQ001/002 SFO
, but SFO
still hasn't seen an SQ
A380 yet. The 748i may be better suited to LH
's traffic needs on IAD
. Looking at the IATA S12 period, UA
already runs 3x daily IAD
in addition to LH
's twice daily flights. Not exactly hurting for frequency in that market. I'm certain LH
has identified other markets where the A380 provides a better solution for the foreseeable future. IAD
may receive an LH
A380 in the future, but I don't think it'll be in the cards for a while yet.
|Quoting airbazar (Reply 4):|
LH and UA have such a cozy relationship that I'm surprised that LH flies the A380 to SFO. I don't think LH wants to upstage UA in their home.
is a Level 3 (slot controlled) airport, and the FAA has announced that SFO
will become a Level 2 (schedule facilitated) airport for the IATA S12 schedule. The ability to add another flight isn't all that easy for SFO
, especially given the distance involved. Besides, as UA
are both parties to the A++ revenue sharing agreement, UA
will earn revenue from the A380 flight as if it were their own. This concept of "metal neutrality" also allows cooperation on scheduling, which would include aircraft type selection. There's enough demand during the summer period where UA
runs a 747 and a 777, while LH
runs an A380 on SFO
v.v. I'm fairly certain UA
was fine with LH
placing the 380 on the route.
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.