It's logic, people.
Let's take QF. They ordered 6 B747-400LR's at the same time as they ordered 12 A380-800's. For reasons discussed ad nauseam, the 744LR's will fly on the US routes. Now, they're due from about this time next year or so (or a bit later). When the A380 arrives, these 744LRs will only be about 4-5 years old (if that) and the current B747-400's in QF's fleet are only 11 years old at max, and they will be 16/17 (at the VERY MOST) when the A380-800 arrives.
The economics of the B747 will not change, if so, it'd deteriorate. Now, if the A380-800 offered lounges, showers and other gimmicks for the biz and first pax, why would ANY biz or first pax in their right mind choose to fly on the B747-400/-400LR which WON'T offer this stuff??? It would mean the B747-400/-400LR will be empty in the front cabins and hence run unprofitably. The only way it would work would be to offer lower fares on the 744's and hence lower the profitabiility of the plane.
Can't you people who think that there'll be showers etc., see that for the sake of their older aircraft, the A380's will be configured in exactly the same way as the B747-400's, only with more pax?
In the future, maybe so, once the B747-400's etc. are retired and everyone is riding around on A380's. But definitely not in the first stage.
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