With The First A380 On The Scrapheap After Just 11 Years Airbus' Bad Bet Now Is Painfully Obvious
And now the news is getting worse
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October 16, 2018 - by Dan Reed for Forbes
Bigger isn't always better. And Airbus' giant A380 double-decker airplane capable of flying 8,000 nautical miles with 555 passengers in a conventional three-class configuration or a whoping 853 in an all-one-class configuration that is almost too bizarre to contemplate, is a 277 ton primary example of that maxim.
Next week will mark the 11th anniversary of the A380′s celebrated entry into commercial service. But there have been only about 230 of them delivered to airlines in all that time. And it only has orders on the books for another 100 or so. That compares quite poorly to the 875 such planes that Airbus officials in the early 2000s were predicting they'd sell by the end of 2019
And now the news is getting worse. The first four A380s delivered to airlines already have been retired and the first two of them, including the very first one to ever fly in passenger service for Singapore Airlines, have been parked at a remote airport in the Pyrenees Mountains. That's where they'll be gradually stripped of their parts and...