|Quoting billreid (Reply 138):|
Another choice is with high density leisure routes, for instance London-Orlando.
I had someone ask me my thoughts on our likelihood of seeing an A380 in Orlando. I can't really speak for the charter operators that go into SFB
. I think the point you make is the best argument for why it be a good choice for flying here (along with the fact that we're not a freight heavy route). However, WRT MCO
, my feeling was that while occasional or seasonal upgauging to MCO
is certainly possible, unless we become a major hub, I don't think we'll see year round scheduled A380 service. MCO
is not a gate or slot restricted airport, so adding frequency here is not a problem, and all our London traffic comes from LGW
, which as far as I know, is not slot restricted like LHR
. For a carrier like BA
(should they take delivery) to put an A380 on the Mouse run would require them to reposition the airplane to LGW
handle an A380?). I know MAN
can handle the plane, but are there enough PDEW to support a plane that big?
Also, while I don't know about traffic from Europe specifically, I know that overall tourist traffic into the area is highly seasonal, meaning the A380 could be an expensive operation during the slow season. It would seem that as costly as that plane is, airlines aside from EK
aren't likely to be ordering them en masse, and will I assume only want to spend that sort of $ where the plane is absolutely necessary (a higher yielding or heavily slot restricted route). It would seem that a high density 500+ seat 777-9 would be plenty of airplane, have a lower purchase price, and be able to absorb seasonal swings much easier. It's also worth pointing out that we don't see that many VLAs now - VS
is the only one with year round 747 flights (LH being seasonal), and if I had to guess, I'd say our most commonly seen regular service widebody is the A330 (VS, TAM, EI
, and LH
)...excluding all the Douglas freighters, of course.