At the risk of arguing semantics, "quality" and "value" are not
synonymous. "Quality" is an absolute, whereas "value" is a relative measurement of quality vs. price. Quality can usually be measured by objective means, whereas value can be frequently subjective. (Quick example - does the Live TV
on JetBlue really add value? If you like TV
, yes. If you don't, no.)
For example, let's say you had two hypothetical cars, both identical in apperance and ride to driver, passenger, and anyone else who looks at them. The first model is better engineered, though, and will go on average 300,000 miles without a major breakdown. The second model will generally require a major repair every 100,000 miles. From an engineering standpoint, the first car is obviously of higher quality. But now let's say the first car costs $100,000 but the second costs $50,000 to own for the same period of time or miles driven (including major repairs for the second one.) Which is a better value? The vast majority of people would say the second car (remember, the ride and apprerance are absolutely identical), but a few individuals who put a high personal "value" on engineering standards or a very high value on their own time (and thus don't want to cope with repair downtime) would say the first one.
Now, as for the A380, I have to admit I agree with those who say "why the hype?" It's just a bigger 747, sorry. Yes, it's an impressive achievement, but it's just an evolutionary change. The original 747 was so much larger than the next largest passenger plane that it was a revolutionary
And I don't buy for a moment that coach on an A380 will be any more comfortable than on any other plane. No gyms, no lounges, none of that, at least not back in steerage. There may be some new luxuries in First or Business, but not in economy.
All that said, I'm looking forward to flying on one someday. Hey, what can I say? It's big