United To Buy A380s?

ACCORDING TO Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy, the new United Continental Holdings company is contemplating an Airbus A380 order.  The aircraft would probably be used on its extensive US-Asia network.  He made the remarks following a company market forecast presentation in Washington, USA.
He added that although United’s President and CEO Jeffery Smisek had previously been against buying the aircraft, he has changed his mind over the use of the ‘super jumbo’:  “I’m not saying there is an order soon, but United understands that if it wants to have a major presence in Asia, then it needs the A380.”
Airbus’s 20-year forecast is optimistic that North American carriers will order up to 206 ultra-wide-body aircraft (A380s) between now and 2031 to relieve some of the pressure being placed on the busiest US hubs.