- MEX and JNB get the A380 because they're both large population centers, don't necessarily emphasize frequency over capacity (like LHR-JFK), and are hot-and-high airports. The A380 excels at HnH due to its large wing.
- PVG gets the A380 because it's a Skyteam partner hub. It wasn't mentioned in the thread, but I did some digging afterward and it turns out French automakers have a large presence in China. R&D and supply chains are centered around Shanghai, and the actual assembly plants are in Wuhan (a short flight from Shanghai). Auto industry demand would probably also motivate the A380 over a 77W.
- ATL gets the A380 because, again, it's a Skyteam partner hub. In addition, Groupe PSA is planning a return to the U.S. market and has set up a regional headquarters at WeWork in Midtown Atlanta (1372 Peachtree St.)
This was a really interesting look into a part of the aviation industry that is normally opaque due to airlines' market data being proprietary. So I thought I'd ask about another market I've been curious about for years: PNW to India.
If you want an analogy, consider that many Mainland Chinese who have come to Vancouver as skilled immigrants, have also set up small businesses in Shanghai/Jiangsu/Zhejiang or in the Pearl River Delta region. They will leave their spouse and kids back in Vancouver and fly to SH/GZ for a couple of months at a time to oversee their businesses. This fuels YVR-PVG travel just from affluent VFR demand alone. In both S17 and S18 there were double daily 77Ws on this route*. (AC and MU, plus MU's additional three 333s per week.)
I want to know the same thing, but for YVR-DEL or SEA-DEL or SEA-BLR.
What kind of traffic flies YVR-DEL? How much of it is VFR, how much is tourism, how much is corporate contracts, how much is affluent VFR like with PVG? And while YVR-India is mostly to Delhi, what does the traffic makeup look like for BOM, BLR, HYD, MAA? (I'm leaving out Calcutta because I don't even think there's much in the way of YYZ-CCU demand)
And how about Seattle? Is SEA-DEL almost fueled by VFR? Or is it more fueled by corporate contracts, those who have small businesses in Delhi/NCT or elsewhere in India? I'd be especially interested to know what the market makeup looks like to:
- BOM (Mumbai is India's largest port and has huge a shipping/logistics industry, just like Seattle. It would have been a great shipbuilding hub too but India Singapore)
- BLR/HYD (Bangalore and Hyderabad house engineering offices, R&D offices and consultancy bases for any big U.S. tech company you can think of. With the R&D bases as well as prestigious universities such as IISc Bangalore, IIT Hyderabad and [url]=https://www.iiit.ac.in/3IT Hyderabad[/url]**, they're also home to many tech conferences for both industry and computer science research.)
- MAA (Chennai is the center of India's aviation industry)
Same with Portland. Intel, which has six fab sites in Hillsboro, also has a 5G chip design facility in Bangalore. Does that motivate any PDX-BLR demand? And so on.
*-MU was planning on going a daily 359 to YVR for S19, but this was scrapped (for reasons too numerous to describe here) and MU now flies the 332 year round.
**-"3IT" is just my personal nickname so I don't confuse IIT with IIIT.