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Airbus Signals Intention to Build a Widebody Freighter Aircraft

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Airbus CEO Gauillaume Faury remains tight-lipped about whether the company has started work on the development of a freighter version of the A350, though he did confirm Thursday that the European airframer wants to end Boeing’s dominance of the all-cargo aircraft market, a segment in which he admitted Airbus “traditionally has been weak”—particularly with its widebodies. (www.ainonline.com) さらに...

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patpylot
patrick baker 4
monopolies melt in the face of price and/or performance competition. Build it better or cheaper and you will sell a few.
GeorgePepe
George Pepe 1
HMM,. MAYBE THEY COULD DO THE A380 AS THE FREIGHTER! LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO ORIGINALLY!
jrd47
jrd47 2
The A380F concept has some serious obstacles to overcome. A key issue, apparently, is that the decks need reinforcement. Once you factor in the extra mass, the cost efficiency of the A380F as a freighter is not very good. Basically, it grosses out well before it cubes out. The A380 was a bet on passenger growth between hubs.
GeorgePepe
George Pepe 1
Actually that makes a lot of sense. I still think that they might be able to do people on the top and cargo on the bottom deck. Or they might be able to do one deck and carry taller cargo. Take that 747
patpylot
patrick baker 1
where has anyone read with clarity any notion of airbus building A380's into freighters? Airbus might have to finesse a combi version: passengers up top and bulky , not heavy freight on the main deck. What i have read is more in the sense of a tease, not a hard certain proposal.
nasdisco
Chris B 0
Overdue. But it will be hard to break into a monopoly
jrd47
jrd47 3
I'm always a fan of competition (particularly given BA missteps), but I don't see why this is overdue. Have the air cargo companies been complaining? The biggest competitor is the used airframe market, which makes this market pretty tough on margins. Hopefully this won't turn into an A380 boondoggle for the shareholders and governments.
carpetshoe
carpetshoe 0
What I dont understand is why Airbus has been "traditionally weak" in the all-cargo aircraft market? Anyone else with some insights? Were they always oversold or did Boeing just have lower prices + better relationships with customers? Or is it a left-over effect of the for-cargo-designed 747?

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