CHRISBA35X wrote:I think this thread brings two of A-net's most hated things together in one rather unsightly edifice.
What we have seen consistently throughout the history of the A380 and indeed of EK, is people with an axe to grind stating categorically - "they don't have the load factors for that" or "the traffic isn't there" or "the yields aren't high enough to warrant this".
I find it bizarre that a bunch of interested observers on an internet fan site have the front to state they know better than paid professionals who do this stuff for real at the airlines. Its odd how whenever the A380 is involved, everyone is a masters graduate and hot shot airline planner.
Reading this thread you'd be forgiven for thinking the A380 will be dropped by EK completely as a matter of life and death, and that a load of five, three, two even one year old "whalejets" will be rotting in the desert sun, never to fly again by the end of this week. That EK has no chance of operating them post-CV19 let alone operating them profitably.
If you genuinely think air travel wont be robustly back and firming across all metrics by Spring 2021 then I'm not sure what to say to you. There are almost 8 billion people on this planet and air travel has been expanding massively year on year as more and more people fly. Do you honestly believe this will cease - forever? - because of a flu bug we'll have a vaccine for very soon?
Air travel will be back big time. We don't know when, but it will return. It has to. EK were a success story before CV19 and will be a success story after it. The unpalatable truth (for some on here) is that the A380 will be a part of that. It wont be hundreds of them at EK, but they'll certainly have use for a 40 or 50, and the A380 will continue to find useful service for BA, NH, EK, QF and LH and the ACMI specialists.
Awesome post! People seem to forget that the human race of 21st century is pretty selfish and impatient, and as soon as a vaccination is found it will be “COVID who”. The media plays a big part in this hysteria for the future being similar to how it is today. But I’m certain it will bounce back pretty fast because the demand will be there.