It would be interesting to see if Airbus can do to the A380 what it did to the A340.
4 hair dryers replaced by 2 real engines, and then again by 2 newer engines. The A340 lives on in the A330neo.
An A380 configured as twin with large nextgen engines that dwarf the GE9X and just slightly less range, burning 25% less fuel.
Everybody will be standing in line to buy some.
No they will not.
Skipping over the technical arguments, the airline industry can find a VLA's worth of passengers that want to go to the same place at the same time but they can't do it on enough routes with enough profit on enough days of the week to enable A380 to thrive.
The fundamental issue isn't the efficiency of the A380 per se (but it of course could use improvement) but it is the structure of demand in the market.
For instance EK said it had no interest in the Plus interior optimizations on their A380s whereas pretty much every other airline is finding they can make more money by cramming in more seats into their aircraft. That tells you that EK's main issue is the number of passengers willing to pay market value for such seats.
If you try to improve the efficiency of the A380 you have to find a way to pay for such improvements. The A380 has removed many of the unknowns about the VLA market. We now know that outfits like MH and TG definitely should not have ordered A380s, AF, QF and LH should not have ordered as many as they did because they didn't take all of their orders etc. The market base for A380 is proven and it is far smaller than the early rosy predictions. The original infrastructure was sized for 48/year, here we are heading towards 6/year. The market base to justify a major spend to improve the A380 just isn't there.
And the technical side makes your idea a non-starter. There is no engine that can provide enough thrust to a two-engined A380, and unlike A330/A340 the design does not allow for a two-engined A380. It'd in essence need to be a clean sheet and there's no market for that right now.
I feel that DL will make a move on used frames, for VS and/or JFK-LHR.
They are all out for blood, you should look at the fares that they're proposing recently on JFK-LHR...
Nonsense. The blood DL would be spilling would be their own. Provide some evidence, or just stop with such stuff.
First of all, the DL thing is an opinion, and I will state my opinion as I see fit. Your orders to stop will be happily ignored and replied upon with a suggestion to stop reading.
Second of all, aviation has been through many era's.
Everybody around here claims that the B777 is the holy grail of profit-making, and yet when oil was at record highs, very few airlines with dozens of B777 could report a profit at all.
Even today, with oil prices as low as they are, airlines like AF are struggling to make ends meet despite having the B777 as their mainstay aircraft.
With oil prices as low as they are today, many operators that have the B787 as mainstay long haul aircraft are also posting negative earnings. DY and Scoot come to mind, but there will be plenty others.
A fleet can make a difference, but look at DL's fleet. They don't have many of the newest and best, which are only starting to come online, and yet they are making huge profits.
What does that tell you?
Aircraft are assets that are used for the purpose of fulfilling a strategy, not the other way around.
A strategy built around what aircraft has the lowest CASM is common on airliners.net. In real life though, you need to have a sound strategy and then you need the aircraft to make that strategy work.
If you can't find a winning combination, you move on and look for another strategy.
Open up Google Flights and carry out a random fare search, LHR-JFK return.
Can you see the fare differences on DL for the coming 6 months? DL is selling no-frills fares for about 380 USD while BA's fares are around 1800 USD .
At those fares, DY doesn't stand a chance to survive in that market. It's clear that DL is out for market share and they're going to get it.
The A380 is the perfect aircraft to grab market share on this heavily slot-restricted route, and as it happens, used A380's are going to be available and oil prices are low.
They won't take 2 dozens, but half a dozen would make complete sense.