posted on Oct, 17 2013 @ 04:35 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58
I remember back in the early days of the programme Airbus talked of a twin engine version eventually emerging. I wonder if they are dusting that
I think any announcements of failure are premature however, I don't think anyone really thought the A380 would sell in similar numbers to the big
twins, it's more of a slow burner and I can see it still being in production, albeit in relatively low volumes, in 30-40 years time and there will be
plenty of them flying around.
One thing in the AvWeek article struck me as odd, that was the point about it needing to seat 550 passengers, which is more than any operators have
specced. AFAIAA the 'standard' layout for the 380 is 559 seats, which would be bang on the money, with the type certificated up to 850 which offers
plenty of scope for refits, demand permitting.
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