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Airbus A380 14 Feb 2019 10:56 #1

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Apparently Airbus are stopping the manufacture of this aircraft in 2021. The airlines just arent ordering enough apparently. The 747 is still being produced, but only the freighters.

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Airbus A380 14 Feb 2019 11:35 #2

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The airline industry has moved on and the A380 is now somewhat of a dinosaur.
It was a massive technical achievement and it delivers a superb passenger experience.
However new more fuel efficient twin engined craft are now taking over the long haul market.
The A350 is set to become the Airbus flagship.

That said it won't dsaapear overnight, certainly plenty to be seen at LHR when I flew in last week

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Airbus A380 14 Feb 2019 11:56 #3

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Ive only seen them on the ground not actually flying, how long do the airlines need to turn them round?

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Airbus A380 14 Feb 2019 13:23 #4

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canberra wrote: Apparently Airbus are stopping the manufacture of this aircraft in 2021. The airlines just arent ordering enough apparently. The 747 is still being produced, but only the freighters.


It's reassuring to know that it's not just about size.

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Airbus A380 14 Feb 2019 13:59 #5

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I seem to recall that Barnes Wallis said something about airliner size, or was it airport size?
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Airbus A380 14 Feb 2019 23:14 #6

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About the only thing in the A380's favour is that is has more spare engine capacity. Lose two and it can still fly ....lose two in a B787 and flying will be a little difficult.
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Airbus A380 15 Feb 2019 09:31 #7

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The good thing about jet engines (at least in airliners) is that they rarely break down. Having said that, when they do break down it can be spectacular.

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Airbus A380 15 Feb 2019 09:37 #8

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canberra wrote: Ive only seen them on the ground not actually flying, how long do the airlines need to turn them round?


I wonder if the turnaround time is also a factor? How many airports can cope with that number of passengers on one flight? My one and only wide body flight was an awful experience at check in and baggage claim although I dare say things have improved in the intervening 30 years :)

Most of my more recent flights have been on aircraft with less than 100 seats, much more civilised and less tendency to moo when boarding.
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Airbus A380 15 Feb 2019 10:26 #9

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Im guessing that those airports that have A380s in regularly have to upgrade their fire cover.

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Airbus A380 15 Feb 2019 12:14 #10

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There is also the wake turbulence issue. Increased separation needed for anyone following an A380
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