I guess I'll chime in here. I think that the A380 program is an engineering marvel and a symbol of human ingenuity. Will I fly on it? Sure. I think that the aircraft is going to have some problems initially when trying to plane/de-plane passengers and their luggage in an efficient and orderly manner. They had similar problems with the 747 back in the early 70's, but they eventually got those issues hammered out.
I am an American with strong family military roots. I love my country and it's people (for the most part). However, I'm also somewhat of a Europhile. My German and British routes are undeniable. My family owns European cars, and has owned many of them throughout the years (ranging from BMW, VW
, Audi, and Volvo). I don't exactly know where I'm going with this, but I felt compelled to say that the current economy of Europe depends upon the US and much as the economy of the US depends upon Europe. The A380 is going to be a way to support both of our economies by offering cheap (per mile seat costs), safe, and environmentally friendly air travel for the many people in this world, as well as providing jobs for the airlines, jobs at Airbus, as well as it will support the materials and resources industries to build the aircraft. It all has a relative effect. If Airbus didn't exist, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas would be duking it out right now and pretty much have a monopoly on the worlds larger civil aviation markets. Boeing has set a tentative price on the 7E7 at $125 million to make it economically attractive to the airlines over it's competitors. Again, it's all relative.
So instead of my fellow countrymen bashing the A380, look at it from the standpoint of how it's going to help support the global economy. It's not a bad a thing, really! On the flip side, I hope that Boeing gets their butts in gear and gets some new and attractive models out there that actually sell (7E7 family is a good start as there is a huge market for it).
I don't know. Am I naive?
Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy