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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: FredT
The A380 is dead. Qantas has found that they can run 2 787-10s, with a total of 13 fewer seats than a single A380 has, over the same distance, for a lower seat cost. With the exception of Emirates, there are very few operators that are happy with the economics of the A380.
originally posted by: Borys
If only it came out a decade earlier, it would have likely been a roaring success.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
If I recall correctly one Airbus executive said it came out a decade too early.
originally posted by: Blackfinger
Maybe team up and turn them into Antanov heavy freight transports.
originally posted by: FredT
I also believe they would have built it anyway as I firmly believe that 1) it was a prestige project, 2) it was nothing more than an elaborate EU jobs programs, 3) Success or failure it was going to be paid by the EU taxpayers (Waynos and have gone back and forth over the years on the subsidies issue) etc.
originally posted by: Forensick
Working at BAES and buying parts for it we were never told or hinted it was a vanity project, talk at the time was it was going to be the future of long haul. Not naive to think that management told us that for engagement but what if they redesigned the wings and took on some new engine technology to release a A380B that was much more efficient?