Pixuk From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5910 times:
Sam Chui described the A380 take off as "the biggest aviation news in the decade, if not this century!" in his photos of the event. Maybe he'll be right (although the century has a fair bit to go yet). The event of the 20th century was probably Concorde at the time, but in retrospect the 747 turned out to be a more important milestone. I get the feeling that the 787 won't be different enough to generate similar media interest on its maiden flight - although no doubt a.net will be buzzing when it happens.
KL911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5500 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5418 times:
Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 7): McDonnell Douglas and Boeing were both looking at full-length double deckers while Airbus was still masturbating. I personally don't see it as a big deal.
How long do they normally look at it in the US before they start doing something?
Quoting Sabenapilot (Thread starter): Can't remember the last time one single aeroplane managed to fill all 4 sports reserved for the most popular pictures of the day on airliners.net!
Because it's the biggest milestone in Aviation history. And it will probably always stay like that as well.. Be honoust, the 787 is just a new version of the 767, I know they use plastic, but that has the 380 as well...
Alitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4799 posts, RR: 45
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5212 times:
Quoting Sebolino (Reply 14): Bitter hard-core Boeing fans are always very classy.
Try again bro. Yes I may love Boeing, but I have great appreciation of Airbus aircraft too...
I continue to find it odd that people cannot appreciate both manufacturers. I may prefer Boeing, but I love them both. Without Boeing, there wouldn't be Airbus and without Airbus, there wouldn't be many of the technological advances, and there wouldn't be a need for Boeing to improve. I understand we all have preferences, lord knows I do in many areas of my life, but does that mean we have to hate or get our arms in a twist everytime someone says something supportive or unsupportive about one of the manufactures.
Personally, I think the A330-200 (GE Engines of course) is one of the most beautiful planes in the sky right now I'm still trying to get on one.
Also, w/o Airbus (its predecessors) we wouldn't have one of the all-time most beautiful planes - the Concorde.
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4138 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5089 times:
Quoting KL911 (Reply 17): Because it's the biggest milestone in Aviation history. And it will probably always stay like that as well.. Be honoust, the 787 is just a new version of the 767, I know they use plastic, but that has the 380 as well...
This is nowhere near the biggest milestone in aviation history. It is a milestone for sure, but the biggest? Hardly. I believe that title will be forever held by Orville and Wilbur.
All the A380 is is a bigger plane. I'm happy to see it fly, but it doesn't mean THAT MUCH for aviation in general. If anything, it's the biggest milestone in Airbus history, but that's it.
Widebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5020 times:
Anything that redefines the boundaries can be considered a milestone, as for whether its the biggest or not, it depends on where you're looking from - airline, civil, military, analyst - and what that milestone has done for you in your specific area of the industry. The A380 is certainly up there with the best of them, after 707, 747 and Concorde. Depends on your criteria. If you look at the A380 design in terms of its 5,000psi system, material usage (glare), onboard data and monitoring systems and so on, each one is taking the civil industry to new heights.
Lnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1627 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5016 times:
Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 27): Hardly. I believe that title will be forever held by Orville and Wilbur. Wink
I concur and agree wholeheartedly. NO one will come out with a plane that will overshadow the originals. Just because it didn't' happen in our lifetime, doesn't mean it isn't significant.
Quoting friendlessness (Reply 27): All the A is is a bigger plane. I'm happy to see it fly, but it doesn't mean THAT MUCH for aviation in general. If anything, it's the biggest milestone in Airbus history, but that's it.
It means a lot for EUROPE. To me, and the rest of the world, it's an impressive display of human thought, design and ingenuity. (No matter how you look at it, there IS some ingenuity built into this airplane).
This airplane meant a lot to Europe, and for that, I applaud todays success.
Now, having said that, I would NEVER take away from any other country's manufacturer. I think that Embraer, Bombardier and Boeing among others, are all fine manufacturers with fine aircraft.
Antiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4917 times:
Quoting Ready4Pushback (Reply 10): What a very negative comment (given the context of this thread). Do I detect some jealousy here?
Easy there, mate. I was just pointing out a fact, a mere coincidence. It never crossed my mind to troll or anything of the sort. I'm just as happy about the A380 as most people on this site, and proud of being european, for sure.