In September/October 1991 Airbus Industie visited the world’s 10 most important airlines for the UHCA project.
The two primary objectives of the survey were:
– To establish the nature of the requirement for an aircraft with
substantially higher capacity than the 747-400, available for
first delivery early in the next century.
– To establish the overall characteristics of such an aircraft
and thereby define some preliminary design targets.
The airlines were :
- All Nippon Airways ANA
- Japan Airlines JAL
- Japan Air System JAS
- Cathay Pacific CPA
- Singapore Airlines SIA
- Korean Air KAL
- Qantas QFA
- United Airlines UAL
- Northwest Airlines NWA
- Lufthansa DLH
To illustrate the representative nature of the sample, these ten airlines account for 35% of the demand for aircraft in the 600 seat categorie and 77% in the 800 seat categorie, as defined in the Global Market Forecast 1990-2009.
The questions of the above visits were about establishing the requirement, defining the aircraft, operating cost considerations and technology level.