The end of the lorry of the sky

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  • AMcWhirter
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    Apparently back in the day , people actually went out their way to request VC10 flights, doubt anybody did that with the 380.

    canucklad – back in the late 1960s I was working in the travel office of a US oil company.

    Senior staff arriving from the US would almost always travel with a US carrier. Pan Am (the daytime JFK-LHR was preferred) was the normal choice.

    UK staff would, provided they had the right status, request BOAC’s VC-10.

    BOAC gained the halo effect from operating the VC-10. This continued with Concorde.

    Today it hasn’t been so clear cut with the A380. But the super jumbo is preferred. I say “not so clear cut” because today many factors influence a traveller’s decision. Factors like price, FFPs, connection opportunities and alliances didn’t exist in the rigid IATA days.


    MartynSinclair
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    Apparently back in the day , people actually went out their way to request VC10 flights, doubt anybody did that with the 380.

    back in the day (2015-19) my wonderful TC would only book me upstairs on the 380 to HKG, where there is more room by the window over the coffin like window seats on the 777 (in CW).

    When Asia reopens to the Brits, be assured, I may not be as fussy.. 🙂


    AMcWhirter
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    There was speculation that LH would retire its last remaining A380s (which are currently in storage).

    Lufthansa to make further cuts and will decide on A380s next week

    But today Lufthansa announced its last eight remaining A380s would remain in long-term storage.

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    cwoodward
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    A380 operations and operators have indeed been badly wounded by the pandemic but it is very far from the end for the ‘lorry in the sky’ with several airlines continuing to operate their passenger A380’s to busy schedules.
    China Southern Airlines 5 380’s are very busy operating to Australia, UK, US,Canada,Netherlands and internally within China.
    ANA is operating the aircraft internally and looking to restart operations to Honolulu later in September.
    Malaysian are operating the aircraft mainly as freighters as are HiFly.

    In my view the ‘lorry’ will keep on trucking as a passenger aircraft for many years yet and arguably some airlines have pulled the plug on the A380 rather too soon and will later regret the decision if they actually dispose of them.


    AllOverTheGaff
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    Apparently back in the day , people actually went out their way to request VC10 flights, doubt anybody did that with the 380.

    I booked A380 a number of times with Qantas, Malaysian and Emirates for differing reasons.

    My first jaunt on the A380 with Qantas to Sydney was sublime, and formed part of a ‘significant’ birthday that I’ll never forget. I think it is a great plane and some really innovative interiors too (the EK showers might be a gimmick, but I am one of the few who has showered at 37,000 feet and at circa 570 MPH!). The peace and quite onboard compared to the noisy 777 is fab, having also flown the B787 a number of times too I’d take one or t’other as both offer really comfortable flying.

    Rgds.
    AOTG.

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    canucklad
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    In my view the ‘lorry’ will keep on trucking as a passenger aircraft for many years yet and arguably some airlines have pulled the plug on the A380 rather too soon and will later regret the decision if they actually dispose of them.

    Agreed, especially as and when we finally come out of this “new normal” and back to the “old normal” maybe people will demand not to be treated like cattle and more like people. The 380 allows those airlines operating it, a chance to differentiation that the others don’t.
    Then again ……….

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    Swissdiver
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    In my view the ‘lorry’ will keep on trucking as a passenger aircraft for many years yet and arguably some airlines have pulled the plug on the A380 rather too soon and will later regret the decision if they actually dispose of them.

    Agreed, especially as and when we finally come out of this “new normal” and back to the “old normal” maybe people will demand not to be treated like cattle and more like people. The 380 allows those airlines operating it, a chance to differentiation that the others don’t.
    Then again ……….

    That’s exactly why they don’t want a lorry to be packed in like cattle…

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