Accommodating the a 380

10-Apr-2020 17:45

For all its technological accomplishments, let’s face it, it’s not a pretty plane — a sort of lumbering beluga with an outsize forehead.

Nothing like the elegant, erudite lines of the 747.

It feels like only yesterday that I was writing posts and columns about the A380’s inaugural flight.

It was October, 2007, when launch customer Singapore Airlines put the plane into service.

Because it does the job with two engines instead of four, and significantly lower operating costs. It’s around the world — would, a generation ago, have been a 747.

When you combine the 777-300’s numbers with those of the A380 and existing 747s, you get somewhere in the ballpark of 1,500 aircraft actively flying — roughly the number of 747s ever built.

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Yeah, I’ve written some pretty unkind things over the years about the A380’s lack of aesthetic grace — most of them fully deserved.

Fourteen years will be an awfully short run for a jetliner that took fifteen years and cost billion to develop.

I feel a certain glee in learning that production of the Boeing 747 — a plane whose future is itself in serious peril — will outlive that of the A380, the jet that took its place as biggest in the world.

AIRBUS THIS WEEK announced that it will cease production of its flagship aircraft, the double-decker A380.

The fate of the A380 — the largest commercial aircraft ever built — had been on the fence for some time. Gary is an electrician and enjoys doing field work on the farm. We loved the large living area in the Crow's Nest, how close it is to the beach.

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