I guess some people think they don't need to know stuff to for an opinion, huh?
The late 60's/early 70's was a completely different generation, back then planes evolved. That was why the 747 may have been a big deal (I wouldn't know I wasn't there), because it was something new and quickly came to be. Nowadays, it's all business.
The world newsmedia groups look at events and situations based on their own perspectives and what interests their viewers, i.e. ratings (that's why I never bought the political slant crap). More than likely a portion of Europeans will give a greater damn about A380 than that same portion of people in other nations. I remember the Concorde crash was covered for 3 days in this country, I am sure it lasted longer in France; it had to have, planes crashes in the US go on for at least a week.
For a good idea of the American reaction of the A380, look to the A345/6 roll out. For a good idea of the American reaction for the 7E7, look to the 777 roll out. Unless the flight experience changes, most people won't give much of a damn. I go to Embry-Riddle, a lot of the students don't know about the A380, except that it is supposed to be a bigger plane. It kinda upsets me that this is an aviation school.
Besides if the rumors are true that the first A380 will fly in January, I think US media will be more concerned about terrorist threats around the Presidential inaguration. Hell, I don't mean to sound harsh, but I am certain that the first reaction from Americans who've never heard of the A380 until then will think "terrorist target"
I don't know how many times I should say this: A380 is designed, i.e. ability, FOR the next few decades
! Obviously it would be a flop as large amounts of people aren't so suddenly flying within the next week. It bugs when I read/hear people claim the A380 won't work because we don't need it now. Well fucking duh, it's not for now, it's for later!
Just in case somebody mentions it: the A380 is in a completely different category as the 787 (we know all it's not gonna stay an E). So stop comparing things like their markets or sales!
>> "Passengers and the general public don't buy planes, so why make a big deal out of it to them?
, with all due respect, that is the most outrageous thing I have ever heard. The least you could have done was get wildly specific. Airlines may purchase the plane, but the only way they can get their money's worth is if people fly on them -- the passengers pick up the tab in the end. Besides, didn't the 747 usher in relatively cheaper fares?
>> "The A380 is overhyped
Dude, I think you've been in the A.net forums a bit much lately.
This webnet may be the gossip central for aviation online. You can't even start a thread without it being biased to such a degree it is not even realistically logical anymore. The members here can become hyper-patriotic rather easily; life here (in places) is hyped.
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