bites, I expect it to be the A380. However, as CHRISBA77ER
has noted, yields are going to suffer if too much capacity is added. NH
might have gone to 77Ws for their long-haul fleet to help secure their own loads at a level that generates profit, and let the others beat on each other with the A380.
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It is becoming increasingly clear the Superjumbo will completely re-shuffle the cards for all Asian airlines and those who don't operate it will quickly see their importance downgraded amongst all those Asian carriers which do operate it and can thus offer greater luxury to their premium customers, while at the same time offer unbeatable low prices to their economy class pax.
is offering nothing in Business Class they don't offer on the 77W except more seats and a reduced sense of ambiance because the deck looks like a cubical farm. R Class is indeed impressive, but it's the width of the A380 that allows things like the "queen-sized bed" option for the center seats. And SQ
is charging a significant premium for it which they have to prove is sustainable. 9W
has private suites on their 77Ws, too, and nothing is stopping EK
from putting them in their 77Ws except choice because the A345 that has them is narrower.
And do airlines like SQ
want to lose money in back and subsidize those fares with their premium cabin when they can "right-size" the route and make money on every seat? The A380 certainly has her place and will do well in that place, but I do not believe she is a "must-have". Chew has "bet his airline" in no small part on the A380, so he needs to talk it up as much as possible. If SIN
is to remain relevant as a transit point between Europe and India/Oceania/South Asia/Australia in the face of the Middle East carriers, he needs to drive traffic, period, to SIN
and the A380 is the best way to do that.
But that does not mean traffic within and around India/Oceania/North Asia/South Asia/Australia must be carried on an A380. That is it not carried now by 744s, but instead a mix of planes from A332s to 773s, seems to run counter to the idea that maximum per unit density is a requirement...