|Quoting Manni (Reply 3):|
I also came across an article that claimed that the VIP aircraft (2 A32S) for the Czech Republik were purchased for about US$135 million.
Looks like there isn't a lot, but a huge amount of money to be made with the sales of VIP aircraft.
Yeah, seems like a high price. But it is hard for us to judge since we don't know the details in the contract.
For an operator like the Czech Air Force a lot of extras might be included: A spare engine, a lot of flight- and ground crew training, building up basic maintenance facilities, and maybe a lot more.
|Quoting Pope (Reply 9):|
I've never understood why any private party would want an A380 because of the practical limitations of where it can fly to. While it's certainly one hell of an aircraft in terms of size and what you could put in it, wouldn't it be severely limited on where it could go. What's the last count of the total number of airports around the world that could handle an aircraft of this size?
A VIP plane doesn't park at a gate, but in the biz plane compound.
There are hundreds of airports today, ready to accept a VIP 380. On some of them it might have to taxi back on the runway since the taxiways are not wide enough. But hell, no city will get a VIP 380 visit every day. Such a visit will be a "special event".
Some years back, when Bill Clinton visited CPH
and arrived with 2 x C-25A and 3 x C-5B
, then the airport was closed down for almost two hours.
|Quoting Pope (Reply 13):|
Are you telling me that's incorrect and that an A380 can fit anywhere a 747 can?
The most severe airport limiting factor is probably the the wheel load. The 380 has at MTOW a lower per wheel footprint than a 744 since it has more wheels. Also a VIP 380 will very seldom be fueled to max MTOW for a 15 hours flight, so it may find airports which would never accept a fully loaded 744 or pax 380.
If weight struggled, then a VIP 380 can always take off at a small airport at, say, 60-70% MTOW from a small airport with a 6-7,000 feet runway, fly a few thousand miles to a major airport and refuel for the rest of the journey. And of course a VIP 744 can do the same.