Saturday, May 12, 2007

Airbus A380 super jumbo enters, Rajdhani exits

After the smooth landing big bird super jumbo at the Mumbai and Delhi airports, there is a strong speculations that it will we able to to tap the market of the Indian Railway's premier Rajdhani Express service.

The giant jumbo with 850 seats is expected to cost cheaper than rajdhani fares, which would allow the great Indian middle class, the Rajdhanis' main clientele, to travel cheaper and faster.

Airbus bases its economics on the two- to three-hour flights that connect India's big cities. According to industry analysts, bigger planes like the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would allow more passengers to be ferried on fewer flights. These would not only help carrier economics but also help reduce congestion at airport.

In India only Mumbai and Delhi airports can accommodate this plane. In order to tap Rajdhani Express some more airports will have to be constructed which can link other big cities of India.
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