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  • Will any US airlines order the A380?

    Hi,

    Now that the A380 has finally entered commercial service with SA, what do you guys think about any US airlines ordering the "beluga whale." Personally, I think UA and NW are the only ones. UA would most likely use the aircraft to update their aging Boeing 747-400 fleet and the plane could be used on routes to Asia and Australia. Northwest, seems even more unlikely, but it might order the Airbus A380 for its large pacific network.

    Rohan

  • #2
    Not gonna happen. Most airlines in the US are going for frequency vs. capacity. UA and NW may go for the 748, but that's a long shot. You may see UPS or Fedex re-order the A38F, but that's a long way off.

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    • #3
      Can't see it happening. FX and 5X have already decided against the A388F in favor of the 77F and 763/747, respectively. And on the passenger front, only UA seems like a potential candidate. Sure, some would say NW as well, but with them getting the 787 and fragmenting their Pacific network (already done with the A332s), their demand even for 744s begins to go down, rendering the A380 useless for them. As for UA, who knows, but with their financial performance, lord knows when they can even afford to buy a plane like the A380. AA/CO/DL don't even operate anything larger than the 772 and US has the A333 as its biggest plane, and the chance of the A380 winding up with those airlines is between slim and none.

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      • #4
        Unless some start-up down the road decides to buy some-no. The closest thing you'll probably see is that US based aircraft leasing company who bought some.
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        • #5
          All we do need is:

          Made in U.S.A.

          $$ go to America not French!

          Stuart

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          • #6
            I don't think any US airlines are going to order the A380. Maybe FedEx and UPS in the future, around 2015. The reason US airlines won't order the A380 is the financial situation. UA has a slim chance of ordering the A380, though.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Big777jet
              All we do need is:

              Made in U.S.A.

              $$ go to America not French!

              Stuart
              Since when are Airbus "French"??? Its a European company.
              “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.”
              Confucius

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              • #8
                Originally posted by G-VEIL
                Since when are Airbus "French"??? Its a European company.

                Airbus is in Toulouse, France. The money are most to go Airbus Company. It doesn't matter in Europeans. But still...


                Stuart

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                • #9
                  Umm - the best chance (which would be a wild card...) would be US in that b/c of their close relationship with Airbus (they could be given a great deal and made to believe that it would be a great aircraft for their needs). The only possible routes that it could be used efficently would be on the routes to Europe, but then again - it is a longshot at best. With airlines in the U.S. flying 757s across the pond, it is a sign that they are committed to frequency not capacity.

                  A bit off topic - I think that even the A350 may be too large for current U.S. carrier needs. The only U.S. airline to order the type is US and the truth is that I doubt that they are going to cram their A350s with the max. amount of seats and probably spread out seats a bit more to keep them inline with the seating arrangements on the A330 fleet (with only a small increase in capacity).
                  Whatever is necessary, is never unwise.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Big777jet
                    All we do need is:
                    Made in U.S.A.
                    $$ go to America not French!
                    Stuart
                    So you are advocating that Air France dump all of its Boeings since they are made in the U.S.A? Thank God the rest of the world doesn't think like a few Americans.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Big777jet
                      All we do need is:

                      Made in U.S.A.

                      $$ go to America not French!

                      Stuart
                      NOTHING is entirely made in USA. The international trade system has made everything made in everywhere. There are thousands of components in Airbuses that are made in USA. And there are also thousands of components in Boeings that are NOT made in USA. In fact, Airbus and Boeing are merely designers and final assemblers of the aircraft, because those are where the money is. Upstream suppliers which are specialized in their respective areas of expertise can do those components with better technology and lower cost. So in short, everyone get a better product at a lower price, and get to do what they are good at at a lower cost.

                      Similarly, you would be dead wrong buying a Ford or GM car thinking it's "made in USA" because the chance is, 90% of it is made in somewhere else and it's assembled in Canada or Mexico.

                      I think we need to make macroeconomics a mandatory course in high school curriculum...
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                      • #12
                        Right. Which is why safety cards will read things like "Final Assembly of this aircraft was competed in USA" or "Final Assembly of this aircraft was completed in Germany". Those are just the places where all the parts come togeather. And yes, every Airbus I've been on has said Germany, not France.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Crunk415balla
                          Right. Which is why safety cards will read things like "Final Assembly of this aircraft was competed in USA" or "Final Assembly of this aircraft was completed in Germany". Those are just the places where all the parts come togeather. And yes, every Airbus I've been on has said Germany, not France.
                          By saying you have been on Airbusses built in Germany then you are talking about the A320 family.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hansonator69
                            By saying you have been on Airbusses built in Germany then you are talking about the A320 family.
                            Which, ironically, doesn't include the A320 itself, as only the the A318/319/321 have final assembly in Hamburg, and the A320 along with the A330/340/380 in Toulouse.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AA 1818

                              A bit off topic - I think that even the A350 may be too large for current U.S. carrier needs. The only U.S. airline to order the type is US and the truth is that I doubt that they are going to cram their A350s with the max. amount of seats and probably spread out seats a bit more to keep them inline with the seating arrangements on the A330 fleet (with only a small increase in capacity).
                              Its comparable to a 777, and 4 out of 6 legacy carriers are making it work.

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