A friend and I were discussing the ecomics of usign an A380 for short haul commuter flights.
say you have two large centers of commerce within 70 miles of each other, but the expressway
is a parking lot during rush hours. The drive takes 2.5 hours. The train is not much better at 2 1/4 hours,
because one station does not align well to commerce at one end of the journey. Assuming you can
modify an A380 to carry 1,000. and find enough passengers willing to pay a high comuter rate.
While the economics are questionable, the only thing that would certainly be a deal maker for me
is the heavy cycling of the A380, after one year assuming 270 working days x 10 cycles, you
just put 2,700 cycles on a very expensive A/C .
Is there a mechanism in the rules of the FAA, to count cycles that don't go above 6,000 feet as a
fraction of one cycle. Additionally I presume to make such commuter plane work, there would be no
checked bags allowed, So really not using anything near MTOW and with obviously a low amount of fuel.
Are there FAA rules restricting jets from doing this type of flying because I am sure some municipalities
would object, (you can always temp them with related jobs though)