|Quoting Stitch (Reply 144):|
But the one-two punch of really-cheap 744BCFs and cheap 748Fs should ensure that an A380F in any form never sees the light of day,
FWIW I don't think this is anything remotely like a "given".
The A380F may yet give certain carriers, possibly not many, something that the 747 can't.
|Quoting SEPilot (Reply 146):|
The freighter will sell fairly well until something better is available (which will NOT be the A380F),
Again, whilst not necessarily "better", I think the A380F, whatever it finally looks like (and that may differ in relevant detail from the original) will be "different" enough, as Keejse points out, to command "a" market.
You're quite right though - the 748F looks like being a home run..
|Quoting Stitch (Reply 148):|
Which appears to be superfluous based on the non-interest it has generated in the markets that could use it
Yet 3 carriers signed up for 22 frames + 20 options reasonably quickly. None of those WANTED to cancel theri order. They were placed in that situation by the programme delays.
Who's to say that number wouldn't have been higher, by now, if the programme hadn't been delayed, and Airbus have elected
to withdraw it from the market for the time being, to concentrate on the pax version (correctly, it would seem
It's extremely difficult to sell a plane you're not selling.....
Based on the logic I see presented that says the 748i works even with only LH
's order, because of the "trivial" additional development cost beyond the 748F, I see no reason why the logic shouldn't equally hold for the A380F.
I for one, am pretty confident an A380F will go into service some day. It may only be as successful as the 748i (ouch!
- just funning
), but that's good enough, isn't it?