A sad day indeed, makes you wonder how long airlines will keep them in service beyond 2021.
I'm very glad i'v been able to fly on atleast one (SQ863 HKG-SIN back in 2016), and i'm looking forward to flying many more in the future.
I've had the opportunity to fly once Paris-Johannesburg on AF A380 business. Once Johannesburg-LHR on BA A380 also on business. Once ZRH-DXB-ZRH on EK A380 economy. Can say that the BA one sucked the most (seats are like from 1980's Tupolev) - AF was ok, Emirates even in Eco was pretty awesome.
And it IS a sad day. At the same time one has to think, what is not adding up here? Both the 747 and the A380 are loved by pilots and passengers, premium eco offerings increasing worldwide - which means that people are willing to pay a decent premium for "something a bit better". Myself included, I am willing to commute a long distance to reach an airport with an A380-service (or 747-8) to my final destination, if the flight ticket is not too much more expensive compared to an A330/A321ER -service from an airport near me.
Could it be that the aircrafts themselves are actually pretty ok as a product, but just the airlines have not been able to equip and market them up to their full potential? I think really the biggest customer of the A380 - the Emirates - is pretty much the only one, and even they could have done better. With Emirates you know you'll get an airbus
-service to anywhere in the world at an affordable price and good service - not an aircrammedtunatin
-service at the lowest possible cost risking your own health, life even, without even a complementary glass of water.
Maybe it is just ironic, but the last few years have been an eye-opener in my opinion for future or air travel, there are more and more people every year in the world who can afford, and are willing to pay, for additional comfort. And yeah, sure, the 777X and 350K will for sure be able to offer the premium-eco experiences at lower cost - but they're just not the same.