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Why U.S. Airlines Don't Fly the Airbus A380
TheStreet.com ^

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airbus

1 posted on 07/11/2011 5:48:52 PM PDT by AfricanChristian
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To: AfricanChristian

I think you need a thick runway to land one on.


2 posted on 07/11/2011 5:50:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: AfricanChristian

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.


3 posted on 07/11/2011 5:54:48 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: AfricanChristian
Why U.S. Airlines Don't Fly the Airbus A380

Because the schedule would never work - it would take the TSA a week to sexually molest all of the passengers it holds.

4 posted on 07/11/2011 5:56:40 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Paladin2

And a thick brain to buy one.


5 posted on 07/11/2011 5:56:40 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: AfricanChristian
600 passengers??????

Probably take longer to board and deplane than the actual flight.

6 posted on 07/11/2011 5:57:30 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: AfricanChristian

It takes 600 pair of white nuckles (gripping the seat arms) just to raise this puppy off the ground.


7 posted on 07/11/2011 5:57:37 PM PDT by umgud
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To: AfricanChristian
As the article said (after an interminable wait for the second page to load) (North) Americans prefer frequent smaller flights.

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.

8 posted on 07/11/2011 6:01:38 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: AfricanChristian

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.


9 posted on 07/11/2011 6:03:55 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: AfricanChristian
I kinda miss the Boeing 707. That plane really said "USA" just as much as the big 747 . . .


10 posted on 07/11/2011 6:04:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: AfricanChristian
U.S. Airlines are more interested in point to point flights to foreign destinations. European and Asian carriers see themselves as global airlines which use their regional hubs as a way to connect American and European countries to other countries. Cathay Pacific connects many European and American cities to dozens of Asian countries. After all, there is only one city in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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.

11 posted on 07/11/2011 6:07:36 PM PDT by magellan
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To: umgud

knuckles


12 posted on 07/11/2011 6:08:02 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Talisker

Good one!


13 posted on 07/11/2011 6:09:06 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Da Coyote
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.

Continue flying that cropduster, then. Because you sure ain't flying Boeing.

14 posted on 07/11/2011 6:18:51 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: rockvillem

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...


15 posted on 07/11/2011 6:20:39 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: Rome2000
"Probably take longer to board and deplane than the actual flight."

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.

16 posted on 07/11/2011 6:26:02 PM PDT by magellan
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To: AfricanChristian
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.

That's OK, I don't have any particular desire to fly United, Delta or American on any routes that an A380 would take. Many foreign airlines are just flat out better - newer planes, nicer interiors and seats, and much better flight attendant attitudes.
17 posted on 07/11/2011 6:36:18 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AfricanChristian

If it ain’t Boeing.... I ain’t going.


18 posted on 07/11/2011 6:42:10 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US Government to Kill Commies and Radical Moo-slims. Now ain't that irOnic?)
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To: rockvillem

Actually, the problem is that the fire and rescue
services aren’t equiped to handle that many casualties
at one time.


19 posted on 07/11/2011 6:42:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yes both have served as Air Force 1.


20 posted on 07/11/2011 6:48:38 PM PDT by xp38
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To: AfricanChristian

From what I’ve seen, US terminal gates aren’t designed to handle boarding 600 people.


21 posted on 07/11/2011 6:50:05 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Choot him, Elizabeth!)
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To: AfricanChristian

If it ain’t Boeing, I’m not going


22 posted on 07/11/2011 7:06:34 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: AfricanChristian
Because the Airbus A380 is a BULLY!
23 posted on 07/11/2011 7:25:33 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: 1rudeboy

Airbus seems to have had far more software related issues & crashes than Boeing.


24 posted on 07/11/2011 7:49:26 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: magellan

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.


25 posted on 07/11/2011 7:53:41 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: BwanaNdege
"seems to"

That sounds scientific.

26 posted on 07/11/2011 8:05:48 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: tet68

You said it, it will be worse than Tenerife when one of those things goes down.


27 posted on 07/11/2011 8:09:40 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


28 posted on 07/11/2011 8:24:08 PM PDT by dr_lew
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