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nycfuturepilot
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Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:18 am

Why doesn't airbus build the guppys for commercial cargo airlines? It seems like it would probably sell pretty well.
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 8:27 am

They actually charter the Belugas out to companies that need such an aircraft on a temporary basis. So if Airbus built them to sell to other operators, they'd be losing income that they would get from the Belugas they charter out.
 
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 8:32 am

Which are we talking about here ? The Guppy or Beluga ?
 
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:08 am

Why doesn't airbus build the guppys for commercial cargo airlines? It seems like it would probably sell pretty well.

As said before, they are available for charter (to some extent). However, if there was enough extra demand to justify another one (or two, or ...) then you can be sure that Airbus would build it. No more have been built, hence there's probably not enough demand to justify building it. QED.  Big grin

Exactly who operates the aircraft once it's built, or how, is irrelevant. It seems unlikely that the damage done to their sales by another operator would completely outweigh the income from selling the aircraft. Anyway, they're in the business of making planes, not hiring them out; why not give that job to another organisation that already does it well?
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nycfuturepilot
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:24 am

I was talking about the guppy and beluga but couldnt think of the name beluga lol sry. Thank you for your help.
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:21 am

I'm not an Airbus fan, but it would be awesome to see a Beluga in service commerically!

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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:25 am

Im not sure if there is an airport ready to handle the plane. Thats a lot of people's luggage the ramp rats have to mess with. I can just see baggage claim now. What a zoo!
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:01 pm

The fact that freighters " weight out" before they "cube out" gives the answer. No market exists.
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:04 pm

The cargo area is unpressureized.
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:44 pm

How many have been built, or still in use today?
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RE: Why Aren't There Commercial Guppys?

Tue Feb 10, 2004 12:54 am

I think there are four Belugas...

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