Our airport authority client
needed to know whether there was a strong business justification
to support a multi-million dollar investment in airfield improvements
to accommodate the A380, the first new large aircraft to fly.
Future Use of the A380
KRAMER aerotek examined market trends and aircraft
deployment on intercontinental routes between the United States and
Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to discern where airlines will
use the new 555 passenger A380.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- Will the A380 aircraft be used
as a replacement aircraft for the Boeing 747 on intercontinental
- Will the A380 help to restore large volumes of connecting passengers
- What are likely air service
consequences of not accommodating the A380 at JFK?
- The A380 can carry 555 passengers
on a nonstop flight of 8,000 nautical miles, roughly equivalent
to the distance from New York to Hong Kong.
- High density markets or major
spoke routes represent the best use of this aircraft.
- Consolidated air cargo could
also be carried along main traffic routes.
- The new large aircraft have
dimensional and engineering requirements that require modifications
to most existing airfields and terminals.
- The A380 does not represent
a major shift in the way wide body aircraft are currently deployed.
- The A380 will be used in both
domestic and foreign high-density markets to:
- Replace other wide body aircraft
to achieve higher capacities in growing markets
- Replace aging B-747 aircraft
used on long haul routes or high density short haul routes
mainly between large Asian cities.
- Consolidate flights in large
markets that exhibit marginal load factors.
- Gain market share by offering
more seats and stimulating traffic through lower fares.
- Carry high volumes of passengers
or cargo along main routes into connecting hubs.
- The analysis concluded that
the size of the New York regional market, coupled with the
traditional role of JFK as the transatlantic port of entry for
foreign flag carriers, provides a compelling argument for use of
the A380. The A380, due to its high capacity, provides the opportunity
for growth in passenger demand while also addressing issues of
increased operational congestion in New York and many of the major
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