Re: Re: Airports; how many state subsidised airports are required in Ireland
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How many 747s are used on short-haul out of Ireland? How many 777s or A340s? The largest aircraft used on short haul flights are 757s and A330s and those are mostly restricted to charters or Aer Lingus seeking to squeeze an extra rotation out of an A330 between transatlantic trips.
I’m not someone who believes the A380 was a work of folly. It has a great future for high density long-haul routes (London-Hong Kong, New York etc.). It has a great future as a freighter. But for short haul, it’s a non-starter. One A380 could carry all the traffic between Shannon and one of London’s airports on a given day. The money in the airline business is in business passengers who will pay more for a day trip. The possibility disappears with an A380.
Regardless, how many British or Irish airlines have A380s on order? I think it’s just Virgin, and I’m sure they have better plans for them than flying them to Ireland.