|Quoting Rara (Reply 1):|
100 A380s just can't be sustainable
I don't see why not. It's one thing to order, but another to take full delivery of them all at one time. Besides, there are many routes they operate with other aircraft that could sustain an A380. And all the while wiping out the competition as best as they can. I don't expect too many more massive orders for the next few years until those deliveries are almost complete.
I do agree though, that they will start buying up some of the smaller niche carriers of the world to operate as feeders rather than join an alliance. If the niche carrier operates to airports/countries that cannot sustain the bigger aircraft then all the better. Carriers like VA/NZ in the Pacific, KQ
or Arik in Africa, Copa in Central America, Gol in Brazil, even a financially struggling major could be at risk of a buyoutl.
Eventually there will be fewer independent carriers,more larger groups like UA
/LX/OS etc etd but with massive fleets and Im sure EK
will be one of them.
Flown to 120 Airports in 44 Countries on 73 Operators. Visited 55 Countries and counting. Wanderlust is like Syphilis, once you have the itch it's too late for treatment.