ANA is set to acquire their first A380s in a pending deal with Airbus as reported by The Street. The deal for three of the jets will be the first A380 order in nearly three years. It seems that ANA was dragged into the order as part of the restructuring deal for Skymark Airlines (which ANA owns 16.5%), the bankrupt carrier had previously placed an order for 6 A380s. ANA plans to use the jets on their Tokyo-Hawaii flights.
Three jets will amount to only one month’s worth of work on the A380 production line as jumbos continue to struggle in the twin-engine dominant market.
The theory behind the A380 was that an oversized four-engine jumbo jet, capable of carrying 500 passengers or more, could help to resolve the problem of limited access at congested global airports . “Think back 20 years,” Teal aerospace consultant Richard Aboulafia said. “No one crossed the Pacific with twinjets, and there were lots of markets you couldn’t fly to. The world [included] the Airbus planning department that didn’t think too much about the future.” A contrarian theory pursued by Boeing was that smaller. two-engine longhaul jets could overfly hubs and could take advantage of the trend toward liberalized aviation treaties around the world — which is exactly what happened.
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