Airline industry traffic growth is set to continue, with much of this development concentrated in the wide range of markets the A380 was designed to serve: hub-to-hub connections on the highest-yield routes between rapidly expanding megacities. Many of these airports are overcrowded and struggle to fulfil airline demand for movements at peak times – making slots a highly valuable resource. With 60% more capacity per slot, the A380 enables operators to hit the “sweet spot” by replacing multiple flights of smaller aircraft with optimised, service; with flights at the right time, the right size and in the right place.
By using the A380’s capacity to introduce 60% more seats per flight on key high-density routes, the jetliner is a proven money-maker for its operators. The extra capacity offered by the A380 on the “strongest” flight of the day, draws more traffic and captures higher yields. A single A380 operation allows the retention of the same number of high-revenue-generating seats in the premium-class cabins while releasing an unused slot for other destinations. Airlines can gain a revenue boost approximately equivalent to a 50% reduction in fuel burn through applying this market-matched cabin segmentation and the latest cabin innovations.
Boosting capacity on key trunk routes has wide reaching beneficial network effects by unblocking direct and connecting traffic. Furthermore, A380 routings demonstrate a superior yield, capturing the best quality traffic in a given market 80% of the time. The A380 allows airlines to grow their markets, increase their market share and control their fares as a result.