|Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 106):|
Airbus's own A380 airport compatibility guide states on page 21/253 that the A388F usable fuel capacity can go up to 355850 l (94000 gal) with the center tank fitted.
If what you say is indeed true, I am mystified by the reason for Airbus offering an option to trade up to 36 tonnes of payload for extra fuel which can only used beyond 8000 nm. (not to mention the OEW impact of the tank itself.)
What do you make of this? (notwithstanding the fact that nobody has ordered the A380F with the center tank...)
There are those like SQ
who are looking for a Very Long Range pax airliner with less than half the population of the country on board. A 550 pax 380 going SIN
is attractive to SQ
as is a similiar A 380 to QF
. But actually, there are very few 8000 nm routes. We should start a new thread on 8000 nm routes suitable for the A300 to see how many there are. The longest I found is HNL
at about 10,500 nm, and I am not sure that that route could fill a 737 (if it had the range), let alone a A380.
As for the A380F, carrying fuel to avoid a stop at ANC
is stupid. Only Airbus's marketing department could suggest such a thing. Even parishable goods like cut flowers will not complain about the 2 hour pit stop.