Where have all the A380's gone?

Old Apr 9, 19, 11:15 am
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Where have all the A380's gone?

Although SEA is our home airport, we will sometimes travel to SFO or YVR to fly to or from LHR on the A380 in Club World. I am getting ready to book a trip next March and have noticed that both flights will use a 747. That is OK; I like 747s, but just wonder where they send the A380s that time of year.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 11:34 am
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YVR is only served by the A380 during the peak tourist season from May to September.

In North America the A380 serves LAX, SFO, ORD and BOS all year round. In the winter months you'll also see A380 on MIA and IAD.

Edit: SFO is served by A380 only three days a week in March, so changing your dates might enable you to fly it.

Last edited by wheremattgoes; Apr 9, 19 at 11:37 am Reason: Clarification on SFO
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Old Apr 9, 19, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by wheremattgoes View Post
YVR is only served by the A380 during the peak tourist season from May to September.

In North America the A380 serves LAX, SFO, ORD and BOS all year round. In the winter months you'll also see A380 on MIA and IAD.

Edit: SFO is served by A380 only three days a week in March, so changing your dates might enable you to fly it.
ORD only sees the A380 during peak tourist season.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by TribalistMeathead View Post
ORD only sees the A380 during peak tourist season.
Same for BOS.
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For the Northern Winter JNB is double daily A380, which obviously requires a few aircraft. In the summer it is one 380 and one 747, plus the new 787 service. The YVR 747/380 switch is not a black and white winter/summer timetable change, more supply and demand with local tourist trends.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 12:53 pm
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I presume they are being fully utilized?
I was surprised to see 2 parked up in the maintenance area at Heathrow the other Sunday
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Old Apr 9, 19, 1:06 pm
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I presume they are being fully utilized?
I was surprised to see 2 parked up in the maintenance area at Heathrow the other Sunday
Some A380s are generally around in the middle of the day for a bit at LHR. If you look at the route patterns using flightradar, the A380 operation is very well organised and timed.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 5:07 pm
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IAD is currently a 747....(and 787s)
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Old Apr 9, 19, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by wheremattgoes View Post
YVR is only served by the A380 during the peak tourist season from May to September.

In North America the A380 serves LAX, SFO, ORD and BOS all year round. In the winter months you'll also see A380 on MIA and IAD.

Edit: SFO is served by A380 only three days a week in March, so changing your dates might enable you to fly it.
Do you know which three days they use the A380 from SFO? I will be booking our flight in the next few days, and it would help two know. I can be flexible on dates to fly this plane. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by enzian View Post


Do you know which three days they use the A380 from SFO? I will be booking our flight in the next few days, and it would help two know. I can be flexible on dates to fly this plane. Thanks.
Days 146.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by allturnleft View Post
I presume they are being fully utilized?
I was surprised to see 2 parked up in the maintenance area at Heathrow the other Sunday
As has been said if you look at the timetable a number of BA A380's arrive in to LHR by 7am and then looking at the departures there are the middle of the day ones to the USA but then again you get the departures to the Far East and South Africa meaning you will get some sitting all day at LHR.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 5:32 am
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Gone to the Far East and Asia everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

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Old Apr 10, 19, 5:47 am
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At least HKG (and SIN?) in the Far East gets daily A380 service.
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IAD is currently a 747....(and 787s)
No more 787s at IAD. BA is running 744 and 772 since April 1st.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 10:02 am
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Originally Posted by The Ginge View Post
As has been said if you look at the timetable a number of BA A380's arrive in to LHR by 7am and then looking at the departures there are the middle of the day ones to the USA but then again you get the departures to the Far East and South Africa meaning you will get some sitting all day at LHR.
Afternoon tea time at Galleries T5B can often be a good time for some A380 spotting, one can also be creative with the cucumber from the salad and the bread and pre-filled sandwiches.
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