A quick word about QF
's A380 orders. I expect two of them to eventually be delivered. They need a higher MTOW A380 to do SYD
year round without restrictions and the displaced planes from that flight can be sent elsewhere, e.g. SYD
, second SYD
flight. Perhaps even SYD
3pw if demand is strong enough. These were only deferred as a capital management initiative, causing some controversy in the Aus Aviation threads at the time.
They're also working their A380 fleet pretty hard and don't have much slack so might want to create some.
The other six were intended for the 3rd and 4th LHR
flight, which they aren't flying any more so probably won't happen unless their business picks up fairly significantly.
Not sure of the situation at any of other airlines with sketchy orders though.
|Quoting dare100em (Reply 82):|
I don't know if a stretch plus smaller tail plus new engines plus large wing modifications (including folding wingtips for at least a 90 m span) will do the job, but IMO it's the only option.
I don't get why the wing needs to be bigger or redesigned at all unless to incorporate aero improvements? With the more efficient engines, less fuel needs to be carried. If you're also shrinking the tail, MD11 style (hopefully you don't go that far), you're also saving on the lift requirement and some weight.
My theory is that they want to hold out until they can put the RR
Advance on the wing. That's what I'd want to do.
I still don't understand why they're (seemingly) limiting to the stretch to 79.4m. Particularly if they're redesigning the tail anyway, why not go for broke? The additional seats might not have good RASK, but on some routes the CASK improvement would compensate.