- Mar 20, 2000
so there are a few transpacific routes that can be served by a A380. but the airports have to be modified and only 1 flight can come in afterward in a time that 2 should come in. not to mention that all those flights you've mentioned can probably be flown by just 2 to 4 aircraft. additionally, the plane costs more to fly than the 747-400, not to mention the 787 and the 747-8.Originally posted by: DLeRium
Actually if you think about it, there are quite a few markets for the A380.
If you're talking busy routes, there are plenty of routes that fill up 747s each day. I fly SFO to Taiwan a lot, and they run 10 flights per week just on the airline I take. I'm sure United runs at least once a day too, as does China Airlines. When you add it up, that's quite a few 747s. I'm sure that SFO to Tokyo is at least a twice a day operation. LAX is even crazier. I know there are at least 14 flights a week on Eva to Taipei, and I'm sure China Airlines and United run a similar number of flights out.
Forget that there is a demand for flights to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong and Australia as well as Seoul. Then you add in Atlantic flights, and there's quite a market for A380s, but for those of you that fly domestic a lot, I can see why it makes sense.
It's a risky plan, and there's no guarantee the 787 will win.
after looking at the number of orders for the A380, and the number of orders for the 787, the A380 has already lost.