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    Default AirBus pulls plug on A -380

    London ....Airbus will stop making the A380, pulling the plug on its iconic superjumbo jet that once promised to revolutionize commercial air travel but failed to deliver on outsized expectations.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/business/a380-airbus-news-emirates/index.html
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    Only if it was in one of their mini cabins - the $10,000USD price tag ones.....anything else same **** different pile....

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    Big airport hubs are gigantic pains in the butt and maybe I'm not the only one who'll go to great lengths to avoid them making the end of A380s the beginning of the end of gigantic, annoying, mind-numbing hubs.

    *sigh* I should live so long.
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    Flew out of LAX a few days ago. The gates were sized for 737 class planes with about a hundred chairs for waiting passengers at each gate.

    You change to 757's with 100 seats more and the whole section of the terminal is total chaos.

    I wonder what three A-380's boarding or deboarding at the same time does even at a large gate area
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    To think Calgary spend a whole bunch of money expanding its runway to accommodate this pLane lol.

    As per A380, Boeing must have known something when they declined to challenge the size of this beast as they also had schematics to build similiar size planes. Too costly to operate, but a great plane to fly in though.
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    Only 747 I ever flew was Wardair. Hard to remember what was better - the plane or the service.

    Okay, definitely the service.
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    Wardair, defiantly the silver service, champagne and half the people smoking.
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    Smoking was normal back then as was smoking on a bus or a live news telecast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctzn-Ed View Post
    To think Calgary spend a whole bunch of money expanding its runway to accommodate this pLane lol.

    As per A380, Boeing must have known something when they declined to challenge the size of this beast as they also had schematics to build similiar size planes. Too costly to operate, but a great plane to fly in though.
    Boeing still spent a ton on the new 747-8 of which they haven't sold nearly enough. Their only hope for that program is the freighter variant.

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    Wasn't the 8 essentially intending to be positioned as an -F?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Base View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ctzn-Ed View Post
    To think Calgary spend a whole bunch of money expanding its runway to accommodate this pLane lol.

    As per A380, Boeing must have known something when they declined to challenge the size of this beast as they also had schematics to build similiar size planes. Too costly to operate, but a great plane to fly in though.
    Boeing still spent a ton on the new 747-8 of which they haven't sold nearly enough. Their only hope for that program is the freighter variant.
    For sure, they understood the decline trend of big planes due to operational costso hence there reconfiguraction of newer models that seem to be winning praises and orders when Airbus was so pumped to roll out big toys. True that they seem to emphasise 747 to cargo; cargo and space would make a logical marriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Base View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ctzn-Ed View Post
    To think Calgary spend a whole bunch of money expanding its runway to accommodate this pLane lol.

    As per A380, Boeing must have known something when they declined to challenge the size of this beast as they also had schematics to build similiar size planes. Too costly to operate, but a great plane to fly in though.
    Boeing still spent a ton on the new 747-8 of which they haven't sold nearly enough. Their only hope for that program is the freighter variant.
    And this freighter variant is barely holding on by a thread with some recent "UPS" orders, but BA is not thinking long term either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctzn-Ed View Post
    To think Calgary spend a whole bunch of money expanding its runway to accommodate this pLane lol.
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    To be fair...

    RWY 17L/35R was planned since the 1970's if not earlier. I first saw the west of Barlow plans in about 1978...

    Their configuration was not conducive for the volumes it was projected to have, and now has. The only thing the 380 added to this was the need to think of taxiway width and a couple of gates in the international area. Calgary needed the length due to Density Altitude on all a/c. Nothing more...
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    The Concorde of our time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolworm View Post
    The Concorde of our time.
    Or that big Antonov ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolworm View Post
    The Concorde of our time.
    Not quite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolworm View Post
    The Concorde of our time.
    No comparison at all. The 380 simply made what Boeing did 50 years prior larger. There is NO equivalent to Concorde.
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