Originally posted by Mr.E
Id take the 7E7 any day, imagine trying to get your baggage claim and customs with 555 other passangers! That is just way too many people for me, on
Also i believe boeing strategy lies under what they believe will be the future of air travel. This, from what i remeber, is the hub network, where
people are connected to different airports where ever their carrier has a major hub. Its not so much as carrying 555 to one location, its about
connecting the dots. But who knows what will end up being more cost and time efficient.
Remember the history of airtravel:
In the beginning you had short haul travel, small numbers of people moving from point London to Paris, then better aircraft came along and you had the
same number of people moving across the atlantic.
Then came jets, and you had 50, then 70 then 100 people travelling from London to New York. Then came aircraft such as the 747 and 767 which
increased passenger counts to 400 and 300 respectivly, but they were STILL doing the hub system - London to New York etc.
Then came the travel revolution, more people wanted to travel, and to more destinations. This made point to point more financially viable for
airlines, and suddenly you could fly from Atlanta to Berlin or similiar destinations and due to the increased passenger counts you could do this
cheaper. This revolution tho was largely limited to Europe-America routes, and never really penetrated the longhaul routes mainly because the routes
didnt attract the same number of passengers and required either stopovers or more expensive aircraft - the 777, 747ER or the A340.
The main point im putting across here is that to go from hub to point to point on the transatlantic routes, in the main the aircraft never changed.
It simply became cheaper to use the same aircraft in different ways because of the larger number of passengers.
The same will eventually happen on longhaul routes, but in the meantime theres still a fairly large market for the A380, and the A380 will STILL be
used in teh same routes when point to point starts to include longhaul destinations. Over the next 20 years, you can bet your arse that eventually
airports will in the course of normal upgrade and expansion be able to take the A380 in normal traffic.
It does amaze me that the general 'feeling' i get on this board (and others) is that aircraft wouldnt get any larger, that somehow the 747 was *it*
and noone would want, or get, anything bigger. In the course of human evolution, one of the main things was moving increasingly larger groups of
people from point A to point B cheaply, and the 707 did it, the 747 did it, and now the A380 will do it. You can either move the same amount of
people cheaper or you can move more people for the same cost, those are the two options and the A380 covers one while the 7E7/787 covers the other.