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Old 30th Sep 2020, 18:56
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To think the A380 created such an excitement worldwide. Here Airbus flew one into Taipei to drum up sales and yet China Airlines and EVA didn’t buy any. Even though they could have used them on the Taiwan /US runs where for example EVA has as much as three daily to and from SFO and LAX from TPE with their triple 7

i guess the A380 wasn’t of much use to them on their other routes while the triple 7 fits in perfectly

and this may have been the same for many airlines

It simply was too narrowly focused an aircraft
The 747 just managed to be not too big on many routes while being just about perfect on others
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 19:09
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It's not enough to be full, it has to be full with a decent yield. The airlines have not managed to square that particular circle.
If the experience of the merchant marine is any guide, we will eventually have two or three global carriers, along with a passel of 'tramp steamer' equivalent budget options.
Now would be a perfect time to make that change, because all the airlines are currently wards of their respective governments.
Unfortunately, airlines are such a small part of the global economy that they do not get much serious government thought.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 19:43
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I liked the aircraft to fly on but it was pretty uneconomic, driven mostly by the facts that it weighed as much as two 777s when empty and four engines vs. two is only going to have one winner. That and the inability to take much freight with all the passenger luggage filling up the holds and the long turnarounds unless you could put multiple jetties on it.

The people I know that operated it all thought it was great, with good performance (and low reference speeds), an excellent cockpit, nice crew rest and in my airline, decent routes. I never really wanted to fly it though as you got about half the fun things, like takeoff and landing, as there was a lot of heavy crewing, but you got twice the problems, with a cabin crew of 20+ to get through security, immigration, check in, transport, hotel, etc. and all those pax who were going to generate more issues.

They will live on in some shape or form but it did seem to be a gigantic vanity project from the word go. The 747-800 never really went anywhere either so Boeing were probably pretty relieved they didnít try and build something of equal or greater size...
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 23:51
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Something that has been lost in this discussion (other than someone mentioning the 2-4-2 seating in the 787) is the 777, once upon a time was a 3-3-3 config in Y (even saw 2-5-2 in early MH birds). Most operators have gone to the horrid 3-4-3 that was once standard on the 747. I will always book according to comfort rather than price.
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 00:22
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Wise traveler, but unfortunately most people flying are bereft of your knowledge. The airlines won't tell you and the travel agents rarely if ever go beyond the arrival and departure times.
The ongoing effort to make air travel cheaper by packing in more people may have been arrested temporarily by the virus, but otherwise remains in effect.
Sadly, any prospects for a less demeaning air travel experience are further constrained by the various 'security' and 'health monitoring' systems, enormously ineffectual and expensive kabuki make work systems that only serve to make travel deeply unpleasant.
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 06:57
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Also I think the main reason the A380 is totally gone now
No it is not.........................................................
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 07:12
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So many passengers and so many bags and not much room for cargo which is a massive money spinner.
Thats why the price of cargo has gone up recently because there are less passenger flights therefore less cargo capacity worldwide.
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 07:48
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I think this hits the nail on the head. Just like Concorde there were only a finite number of routes that made economic sense, and just not enough of those to make it a commercial success.
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Old 1st Oct 2020, 09:49
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And air freights costs have pretty much trebled, if not quadrupled since July, because of this.
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 00:23
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Many, many moons ago a younger Tartare in journalist disguise was told by the then head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes on a visit to Orstraya that they didn't believe in the hub and spoke model.
Thought he was nuts at the time - but I guess he was right.
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 00:49
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Originally Posted by Anti Skid On View Post
Something that has been lost in this discussion (other than someone mentioning the 2-4-2 seating in the 787) is the 777, once upon a time was a 3-3-3 config in Y (even saw 2-5-2 in early MH birds). Most operators have gone to the horrid 3-4-3 that was once standard on the 747. I will always book according to comfort rather than price.
The airframer has little say on how each airline configures their interiors - not much more than some max numbers. Operators could easily put showers and private bedrooms in even narrow bodies such as the A320 and 737 - in fact there are 737 BBJs configured that way right now. But few people would be willing or able to pay the resultant ticket prices. The race to the bottom that we were witnessing prior to Covid was because most people shop by price, not by value - it's not just the airline business, there are many retailers whose very existence is dependent on shoppers who buy based on the lowest price - not the best value (not to mention the manufacturers who make the crap they sell).
The 767 was designed for seven across seating but was provisioned for eight across - thankfully very few airlines went with the eight across (many years ago I did a flight test on 767 configured for eight across - I barely fit in the seats and I'm not a large person, not to mention over 60 lbs. lighter back then). The 777 was designed for nine across, provisioned for ten - and for a long time most 777s were configured for nine across until the race to the bottom dictated ten across. Similarly the 787 was designed for eight across, provisioned for nine - but because of the race to the bottom few 787s were ever configured with eight across.
The A380 got the showers, lounges, and suites because the operators couldn't routinely fill the aircraft if they packed them in like sardines - so instead they treated the A380 as a premium product with lots of room and amenities. If anyone had ever operated the A380 with it's advertised 800+ passengers, the passenger experience would have been at least as miserable as any 777 and 787.
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 03:46
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
The A380 got the showers, lounges, and suites because the operators couldn't routinely fill the aircraft if they packed them in like sardines - so instead they treated the A380 as a premium product with lots of room and amenities. If anyone had ever operated the A380 with it's advertised 800+ passengers, the passenger experience would have been at least as miserable as any 777 and 787.
I disagree - stuck in the middle of lower deck economy you have no idea of what luxuries are available upstairs - but it is still far more comfortable than a 777 / 787 due to lower noise levels and the seat width. B777s with 3-3-3 seating have reasonable widths but you have to deal with the constant roar of the engines for hours on end; and I've never been in a 787 with decent economy seat width to compare.

But A380 versus 777 on 3-4-3 is incomparable. For one thing I can eat on an A380 as I can shift my legs slightly to the side and so get the tray table down ... I can't do this on a 777 without putting my knees under the neighbouring seat's tray table, When travelling alone this means 15/16 hours with no food or sleep - doable, but by no means enjoyable! And I enjoy the A380 - even in the depths of economy!
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 07:40
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Comparisons

Interiors are down to the operator and not the airframer! You are more comparing airlines than the aircraft themselves. You can make a 777 quieter if you pay for extra insulation.
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 07:53
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True , but how come all 380 from all operators I flew with ( quite a few) are very quiet and I have yet to have flown a quiet 777 .. But I did not fly all the airlines operating them . You know one with quiet 777s ? But it is not only the noise level, it is also the space inside and the air circulation .
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Old 2nd Oct 2020, 17:34
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But A380 versus 777 on 3-4-3 is incomparable. For one thing I can eat on an A380 as I can shift my legs slightly to the side and so get the tray table down ... I can't do this on a 777 without putting my knees under the neighbouring seat's tray table, When travelling alone this means 15/16 hours with no food or sleep - doable, but by no means enjoyable! And I enjoy the A380 - even in the depths of economy!
Which is all down to seat width and pitch, which is operator specific. Nothing to do with the aircraft except as to the limit as to how many people you can legally carry.
If anyone configured an A380 for it's advertised 800+ passenger limit, you'd find the seats to be just as uncomfortable - perhaps worse.

Yes, the A380 is quieter - but I spend 90% of the flight wearing my noise cancelling headphones regardless...
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 09:13
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The A380 did have a USP in that it was a full length double decker. Well it was a USP to me as I wanted to fly on it from the day if itís launch, I have flown the bird many times and the both up and down cabins feel huge and airy compared to a 77/787. I flew 737max from New York to EDi and never again. It is interesting that civil aviation has always moved forward to bigger and faster planes since the first days of flight but now twice in the space of the last two decades we are moving backwards to smaller and slower aircraft.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 12:55
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The most comfortable flight I've ever had was an A-380 from LHR to IAD. My wife and I were the only economy class passengers on the upper deck . . .
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Old 4th Oct 2020, 09:41
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Same on an Emirates flight, well not quite as there were about 6 of us up there, but great to be able to stretch out and sleep after an overnight first leg.
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Old 4th Oct 2020, 09:48
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The square cube law really hurts larger aircraft when it comes to empty weight per seat. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square%E2%80%93cube_law

From that perspective, the A321 Neo (/LR/XLR) basically nails it.

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Old 5th Oct 2020, 07:44
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I do not know your sources of information, but Boeing and Airbus do not seem to have same numbers. From the public Boeing and Airbus documents, as well as IAI for the 773P2F, all below, the freighters summary is:

Maximum volume / Maximum Payload

747-400ERF 738 cu.m / 123 t
747-8F 874 cu.m / 133 t
773P2F 819 cu.m / 101 t
380F (Cancelled) 938 cu.m / 151 t











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