Skip to comments.Why U.S. Airlines Don't Fly the Airbus A380
Posted on 07/11/2011 5:48:50 PM PDT by AfricanChristian
ATLANTA (TheStreet) -- Three U.S. carriers are also the world's three biggest airlines -- United(UAL_), Delta(DAL_) and American(AMR_) -- but little indication exists that any of them have any particular desire to fly the world's biggest passenger airplane.
Four years after the introduction of the Airbus A380, which can carry up to 600 passengers, 49 aircraft are flying for six international airlines, and orders have been placed by a total of 18 airlines.
None are based in the U.S.
Moreover, no U.S. carrier seems close to purchasing the A380, although Airbus spokesman Clay McConnell said that "eventually you will see some U.S. airlines order it."
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I think you need a thick runway to land one on.
In an Airbus, the pilot is only a voting member. As an old test type, I prefer dying due to my mistakes, not the computer’s.
Because the schedule would never work - it would take the TSA a week to sexually molest all of the passengers it holds.
And a thick brain to buy one.
Probably take longer to board and deplane than the actual flight.
It takes 600 pair of white nuckles (gripping the seat arms) just to raise this puppy off the ground.
Man, that site is quite the “hit-whore”, though: the second article that interested me there would have needed 5 more clicks after the initial one to read the whole thing. I'll pass, thanks.
Isn’t Occam’s Razor applicable here - the infrastructure at virtually all US airports isn’t current configured to handle a double-decker jumbo jet that can deplane 600 people at once.
Lufthansa connects North and South American cities to many European, African, and Asian countries. After all, there are only a half a dozen domestic German destinations, and most of those are available from via nonstop flights.
If tomorrow, American Airlines decided one of its primary missions was to connect European travelers to South America, it might see a need for an airplane like the A380.
Continue flying that cropduster, then. Because you sure ain't flying Boeing.
A380 already uses many us airports, JFK, Chicago, Atlanta, SFO, LAX... others certified to accept the A380 are Salt Lake City, Boston, Washington IAD, Miami, Denver and Dallas...
You are right. The last time I was flying from Sydney Australia back to the states (on a 300 passenger Boeing 777-200LR), there was a Singapore Airlines A380 boarding at the next gate. The passengers literally overflowed three adjacent gates. It must have taken over an hour and a half to board the passengers through three airbridges.
If it ain’t Boeing.... I ain’t going.
Actually, the problem is that the fire and rescue
services aren’t equiped to handle that many casualties
at one time.
Yes both have served as Air Force 1.
From what I’ve seen, US terminal gates aren’t designed to handle boarding 600 people.
If it ain’t Boeing, I’m not going
Airbus seems to have had far more software related issues & crashes than Boeing.
I flew a Singapore airlines S380 London to Singapore about 2 years ago. Very nice aircraft, excellent on board service & beautiful airport (Singapore). I did not notice any appreciable difference in boarding/deplaning times or hassle in comparison to B747, 777, etc.
That sounds scientific.
You said it, it will be worse than Tenerife when one of those things goes down.
Back in the 70’s I flew a 747 to England, and a 707 back, I recall watching a 747 pass us on the way back, but the main thing I remember is that my feet got cold because the outside temperature penetrated to the cabin. There was a stream of hot air blowing on my head, and I was wishing I could reverse my position and put my feet up in the warm air.
Another time, I flew a 707 on business into Newark on a blustery day. We did a big, low, slow banking turn on the approach with the wings flapping like a bird and the engines nodding and weaving drunkenly. Quite a sight. Some guy near me was yapping up a storm of business talk with his seatmate, pretending not to notice. Suddenly he fell silent for a second, then exclaimed, “This tub’s gonna have trouble making it in!”
I will admit a certain fondness for the thing, though.