Funny how I see so many of you state that the A380 will do this and the A380 will do that.
One thing that the A380 will end up as will be the worlds fastest passenger to cargo transition for a passenger designed aircraft.
These flying elephants will fly the long haul routes for a few years and then companies like FedEx, UPS, DHL and the like, will gobble up the rest of these "Bristol Brabazons" of the 21st century and use them exclusively as cargo transporters.
Imagine checking thru customs after a 12 hour flight and you are passenger number 537 and your A380 was the third one to land in 30 minutes. With enhanced security measures being put forth as well, we can all see the nightmare that will ensue. In today's fast paced world, passengers are going to hate that.
One area that the A380 may see some success in is the short haul Japanese market. The Tokyo-Osaka "bus" service crammed to the gills with quiet non-complaining Japanese.
Are these the markets that Airbus wants for it's A380? Perhaps there is a market for third world people haulers.
Fly one when it comes out for the novelty if anything.
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Or something like it.
Bring on the rebuttals!