HP69 wrote:I have insider info that the next Airbus clean-sheet will be the A390. It will replace the A380 and will be a 3-5-3 seating configuration for a 3-class capacity of about 450.
Are you being facetious? Is there a substantial demand for an A380 replacement? Or are you serious?
Seems like the market has spoken on VLAs and if my understanding: It's less about the A380 and 74-8 having 4 engines, than the lack of demand for the aircraft. I'm sure there would be a certain niche for it (*cough* Emirates *cough*), but would such an aircraft be able to sell enough frames to recoup the massive cost of development? And what sort of behemoth engine is on the drawing board (anywhere), that would be necessary to power such an aircraft? I have extremely strong doubts...
Not to mention what a nightmare 3-5-3 would be for those seated in such a configuration. I would be very surprised if that's what AB is cooking up as their next clean sheet design. Of course: I've been wrong before. Care to elaborate?