Manni, The first 100 are being sold for a hell of a lot less than "list" prices. The question you need to ask yourself is "How much money needs to be made on a (minimum) $12 Billion investment by Airbus to pay back that investment as well as pay the debt service on the money?". First of all, the debt service alone at only 5% interest is $600 million a year before dime one is spent on labor, materials, physical plant etc. That is the same value as the price of 3 A380's A YEAR based on "list" prices (I say "list" because neither you, me, nor anyone else has any idea what Airbus' list price or actual costs are but that's a debate for another time). If each A380 only cost $150 million to build and was sold at a $50 million per plane profit, then it would take 240 airframes just to pay back principal without any debt service (i.e. interest). At $50,000,000 per plane profit (a dubious figure at best), they would have to sell an additional 6 airframes PER YEAR just to pay the debt service before paying down any principal. On top of that, in order to be commercially viable, there has to be a return on investment which is comparable to competing industries in order to attract capital. Assuming only a 5% return on investment (once again I'm being very generous to Airbus) adds another 4-6 airframes per year BEFORE paying interest and BEFORE paying down the debt. Needless to say, that adds up to many dozens of aircraft over the life of the program in addition to the 240 needed just to pay principal. The bottom line? Airbus had better start selling these planes for list price (which they have not done) and they had better get list price on at least 500 of them or the European taxpayer will be subsidizing this line. That's where the 500 aircraft figure came from. I think Airbus 250 plane figure is a joke.