We analyzed Boeing’s 787-8 and -9 for margin generation when flying at low post-pandemic load factors. We found the 787-9 is the more attractive alternative as long as air cargo pricing stays high, even though the passenger load factor on the route would motivate a 787-8. The revenue from under the floor cargo compensates for a low load factor in the cabin. Now we subject the Airbus range; A330neo, and A350 to the same analysis.
The trend from last week continues. Variants with high cargo capacity can sustain lower load factors while generating the same margin on routes.
This article develops the passenger load factors where the margin generation is the same between Airbus widebodies.