Taking a step back, is it a bad thing if the A380 shuts down for Airbus? They aren't going to cede any market share because of it. All of the A380 customers have large established Airbus footprints and are loyal customers. Regardless if the A380 itself made money, the A380 as part of the Airbus offering has been huge in contributing to Airbus as a whole making money.
There really aren't that many slot restrictions worldwide. Airlines can use the ones they have for the foreseeable future. And go with the A35K if they want most capacity (among other A350s).
The largest A380 customer has what, 8 frequencies a day in LHR? That in itself is shooting the capacity over frequency argument. They are growing the reliever airports around London, and this is just an example. But the A380 only has really taken off for EK bc of the awesome location of DXB for connecting passengers. There really isnt a need anywhere else.
They sold billions of dollars worth, it is a great plane, why does it have to have 1000s of orders and 30 year run of production?
LTU1011 wrote:A field day for the ones wishing it’s premature demise. The planes in service will surely be put to best use if Airbus indeed discontinues this imho formidable bird. I have witnessed the amount of gluttonous ridicule, ill will, outright hatred from self proclaimed experts and armchair execs alike as a long time lurker before I signed up. As a passenger I indeed book my flights preferably on the A380. I did so for my upcoming US trip. Heading back to FRA I could freely choose from which international hub in Florida Lufthansa serves - no TPA (A343) or MCO (744), clearly MIA was the logical choice. I‘m dreading the day the 779 sardine can 10 abreast serves the LAX trip...
Problem is that is not what the population of flyers does. If they did, there would no 10-abreast 777s and there would be A380s galore. Plus, no one is going to skip flying out of TPA to commute to MCO or MIA to get on the A380, besides an AvGeek. This argument is pure fantasy, not based on reality. The hyperbole of how bad the 777/787 is nonsense. The A380 is a great plane, loved my flight on it, but that is not how airlines compete. They want to get passengers from A to B for the lowest cost, if you want better comfort, they offer Y+, PY, J or F and they offer that regardless of the type flown.