kronus Thank you for sharing, a very good article indeed.
I just can't see where Chinese airlines could use A380 on their international routes. There aren't enough premium customers on Chinese carrier if they want to expand the F & J cabin. On the other hand, there need to be a lot of discount to fill in the rest of the cabin if majority are Y seats, the competition is very strong.
Chinese tourist are very seasonal (most demand are during Chinese New Year period from PVG, summer holiday period from PEK and PVG, and then October "long-holiday" from PEK and PVG), but they are very much one way traffic - fly out of PEK/PVG at the beginning of the holiday period, and return to China at the end of the holiday.
That doesn't make A380 operation viable at all, so I can't really see where the demand would be. A large fleet of A330 (&neo) and B77W would be the best solution, not so expensive either.
By the way, the fleet chart shows, Singapore Airlines has 17 in service, 3 on order, 3 in active and 2 option. I've only recorded 1 option. it should be 4 on order, 1 option, then 2 more will be retire, isn't it?
- 737MAX started delivery, with good numbers - 747 white tails all been cleared (except one for AFO testbed) - 767/777 remain controlled reduction, while 777X in development - 787 line very well organised, shift from 788 to 789 and ready to introduce 787-10
- 737 more production focus on MAX with increasing overall number - 747/767/777 production line remain open, and prepare 777-9 first flight in 2019 - 787 further increase on production of 787-9, introduce and start batch production of -10 - possibly start the development of 757/767 replacement (wishful thinking:), I know)