You’ve probably heard the argument from Airbus that mega-cities will fuel greater demand for the A380. To put it simply, they claim very big cities need very big airplanes to deal with all the passenger traffic.
Here’s one more example of why that theory doesn’t add up.
Tokyo is a HUGE city. Its metro population (about 36 million) is larger than the entire population of Canada (about 35 million). Tokyo is served by Haneda and Narita airports. It should be the classic example of the Airbus mega-city theory.
But the A380 only flies in and out of Tokyo with a whopping 6 flights per day.
On the other hand, the 787 is being used for about 150 flights per day in and out of Tokyo. In fact, 11 airlines are flying the Dreamliner on 49 unique city pairs.
The chart below shows that Northeast Asia’s airports have seen continued growth, driven by new markets and more frequencies. Over the past 10 years, the number of destinations has soared—while the average seats per flight dropped (meaning smaller airplanes are being used instead of very large ones).
In today’s world, travelers are demanding more frequency with more point-to-point options. And that’s exactly what the 787 delivers.