Are you saying that you wouldn’t mind flying an A330 over a B757. C’mon, be honest. There are definitely more than 1% of people that choose to fly an airline that operates their preferred aircraft, unless there is a significant price differential.
Why do you think Airbus advertises themselves in the Flight International Magazine, quoting “There is no middle seat in the business class”,…so that a businessman buys an A340,…well more realistically, advertising is there so that this particular businessman chooses to fly an airline that operates an A340.
I know of a lot of people who have no clue about aviation industry, but a surprising number of them are aware that a new super jumbo is brewing up somewhere and that it will change the air travel, etc. Believe it or not, if they have a chance to fly an A380 one day over something old fashioned (for the same price, or even better), of course they will fly it, common sense.
As for the success of the A380, it is anyone guess. However one has to keep in mind that today’s success is based on costs, whether its operating or maintenance, it does not matter. So far Airbus claims that A380 will have the lowest cost per seat/mile, while it is also very likely that it will be built with many components sharing the blood of the A330/340 family. The freighter will also be capable of carrying 35 tonnes more cargo and flying over 1000 n.m. further than today’s leader.
In my opinion, A380’s success is definitely not guaranteed, however looking at it from an economic point of view, I would say that it stands a good chance of making it to the sky...