A380 – white elephant or the future?

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  • TiredOldHack

    I’m waiting for Airbus Industrie to unveil the all-economy ‘Pilgrim Model’ now…


    +1 TiredOldHack that made me smile ( no offence meant and no cartoon characters depicted)


    I really enjoy flying on an A380. Most airlines have introduced some fantastic hard product on their A380s, because the sheer size of it gives them a lot more flexibility. I’ve met some really interesting people in the bar on Emirates – it’s a great experience to be able to sit and socialise with others and provides a welcome alternative to just sitting and watching tv or movies (or working!). IMO it does provide a smoother ride than a 777 too. If there was a negligible price difference between an A380 and another aircraft I’d go to the A380 in J, not so sure about Y as I wouldn’t want to have to wait a long time in case of a short layover between flights. I certainly would avoid a high density A380 purely because I presume boarding would have to start over an hour before departure and who knows how long it would take for all those bags to come off….!


    Having just returned from DXB , I have several ‘impressions’ regarding the Arab Airlines massive purchases of the A380….
    They envision ‘Upper Class’ I.e. Themselves, and Goat Class, akin to their Tribal experience.
    They will soon be parking their behemoths. Somewhere in the Desert, when no other airline will purchase these ‘passenger busses’…..


    In a previous post I mentioned that Airbus has started building its first high-density A380 for Emirates.

    This A380 variant will seat 615 passengers in a two-class layout.

    It was thought that this particular A380 would be seen initially on volume routes linking Dubai with Asia where there is little demand for first class and where there is a significant amount of either worker or leisure travel.

    But today, as we have reported, Emirates confirms that the plane will come to Copenhagen on December 1st.


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