So, if i understand some of the arguments being made here, passengers will be flocking in droves to airlines with the A380 at the expense of those without. The A380 will be 10% cheaper to run than the 747X. Even though they have stated they have no intention of ordering, just like BA did months ago (and now looked what happened with BA) they will anyway. ALL A BUNCH OF CRAP.
For one, most passengers don't know what type of airliner they are on, nor do they give a damn. They will choose based on the factors that they as individuals have used in the past, before the A380. An airline with the A380 is no more advanced than one without...the ones with just have a bigger liability when the economy goes south and they have a bohemouth they can't fill.
Secondly, where is this 10% coming from? Why is Airbus still comparing the A380 with the older 747 model, and not the 747X? And why, over the past several months, has this so called savings quietly dropped from 25% then to 17%, then to 15%, and now all the way dowon to 10%? The 747X will be as cheap or cheaper to operate, depending on what figures you look at.
Finally, I find this amazing...has the Clinton era double speak really penetrated this deeply? When someone says something, they really mean the opposite? The people that actually RUN the airlines have said they have no intention of ordering. But here, our own geniuses have obviously decided that they know best, and really know better what these airlines will do than the airline executives themselves.
Japanese companies make business decisions with great consideration given to how Japan as a whole will benefit, probably moreso than in any other country in the world. Japan has much more to gain economically from a 747X order than it does an A380 glamour order. So far, the biggest argument I seem to be hearing is that the A380 will be the image maker...that's one expensive and potentially financially devastating image purchase. Japan will not risk this...their heavy industry wants to continue to manufacture for Boeing and to do more than they already do. Their aerospace industry is also in close cooperation with Boeing. In any case, it is a stupid point for us to argue, especially when the airlines themselves have made their statement, and only they know what they are going to do, if's and's and but's nonwithstanding.
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