...but some of the city pairs mentioned I don't think will work. (e.g. FRA - MEX)
is a good example of a city pair where it appears that the A380 wouldn't be used when, in fact, the opposite is true.
flies 10 744s weekly (3 days/wk a second 744 departs an hour later.) LH
could easily fly the A380 on the 3 days where there are double 744s. However, to maintain the total weekly number of seats currently offered on FRA
would also substitute the single 744 on the other days. Thus 10 744s/wk FRA
- Mex becomes 7 A380s/wk, for example.
Another potential A380 route out of FRA
is to LAX
. There are currently:
flies twice daily 744s only 3 hrs apart for a total of 5,152 seats per week. LH
fleet schedulers could easily replace one daily 744 with the A380, and the second daily 744 with an A340. However, depending on historical daily pax loads, LH
could very well choose to eliminate a second flight on certain days, for example, and put on twice daily A380 flights on certain others (especially if US Airways and/or Delta drop their flights FRA
The obvious point of these two examples (FRA
) is that the A380 could obviously provide flexibility to more closely tailor aircraft capacity to "time of day" and "day of week" peak pax loads far beyond the typical city pairs that are often suggested.
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