I don't understand why airlines retire the A380? It is the King of the Skies. A true money maker. If an A380 flies the route, you book the A380, not inferior smaller planes like B777 or A350. AF are really missing a trick here.
If a money maker, airlines would have ordered more. I had a lower cost per passenger than the 777-300ER but a higher cost per passenger than A35K or expected 779. Larger aircraft must discount to fill the additional seats; otherwise fire the yield management team for not extracting more revenue from earlier sold seats (I assume the same quantity of seats held for last minute full fare).
It isn't AF. The A380s just didn't have enough OiPs. Where are modern wingtip treatement? Where were the engine PiPs (botched RR that didn't meet fuel burn promise doesn't count).
Efficiency is relative. 777-300ER had three engine PiPs since A388 launch, A380 effectively zero.
You are aware the limited engine production runs increases engine maintenance costs, right?
I'm a fan of the A388, but there will be more profit per flight per 779 flight than per A388 flight.
You are also aware that no A388 has gone through heavy maintenance, right? The cost of that specialty maintenance is proving far too expensive. I hope many go through the HMV, but first Airbus must invest in the engineering to cut the costs. Ironically, the A388 was designed for the lowest cost, per seat, for wiring overhauls. However the early Catia errors made it the most expensive. Since wiring needs have changed, the cost for modern to seat wiring is prohibitive.
AF bought more A388s than they could make a good profit.
CDG has room for more runways, better to meet the premium passenger needs.
No it doesn't have higher cost per pax than a A350 or B779, this is the Boeing fan mantra.
The cost of heavy maintenance for the A380 is relatively lower than any other aircraft, even for the terrible teens with the non-standard wiring. The non-standard wiring only factors in when you have EWIS issues, in which case troubleshooting and repairs could take a lot longer.
The reason for the lower cost is that you still only have as many systems to maintain, structural repairs are not major yet as they are relatively young, and structural repairs are easier on a larger aircraft like the A380.
Yours are opinions which don't reflect the reality.
As said numerous times, AF can't make money with a predominantly big twin widebody fleet, the A380 is hardly responsible for that.
In fact, once the A380 will be gone, you will see AF get deeper into losses as they get overwhelmed by climbing CAPEX.
The wise decision would have been to renew the leases on a killer deal or purchase the aircraft from the lessors.
Brand new uber-expensive A350's are not going to save AF, they're going to make Airbus and the lessors richer, while AF will sink into losses, to the point that it will be compared to AZ.
If you look at operating results at AF, they are very seasonal.
Sure, they lose money during the winter but more than make it up during the summer.
By putting high capex smaller aircraft what happens? You still have the same losses during the winter, but make less money during the summer... Hardly a wise decision.
In addition, whenever I travel through CDG, I see a bunch of A380's parked at gates.
In the meanwhile, their B77W's are flying packed to the gills to Tokyo 3-4 times a day and leaving a lot of demand on the ground for competitors like the ME3, LH , NH, JL to swoop up. If you utilise the A380 like that, obviously it's going to make less money than their B77W's.
AF haven't yet figured out that people seek the A380 and that they can commandeer markets just by putting it on key routes, even if not with the best hard product.
You are a Japanese travel office and you need to book corporate travel. The options are economy to Paris on a noisy B77W costing the company a lot of money, or AF for less on a more comfortable A380 though via NRT. It becomes a fair battle. What AF offers now is not even competitive.
11 years since EIS of the type, AF is the first airline to reduce the numbers of A380's.
Other airlines have been complaining and saying that they would reduce their fleets, but none of them have actually reduced their A380 fleets yet.