The A380 is a technological marvel but not on the same scale as Concorde; or the 747 for that matter. Folks should really leave Concorde out of this 'cause it's not a fair comparison. Mind you, it's another excuse to bash something that wasn't made by 'Uncle Sam'. Concorde was a super-advanced airliner, and one which the Americans could not viably replicate - and don't give me this "we didn't want to" nonsense because the US would have loved a home-grown rival, and even studied it at a similar time. Concorde had the potential to revolutionise air travel, but politics stopped that, not technology.
|Quoting Revelation (Reply 86):|
It's becoming clear that A380 will be regarded as of the largest technological, business and management failures ever.
It's becoming clear, is it? Not yet, it ain't even flying at the moment. Let's see the thing enter service before we make radical assumptions...
|Quoting N328KF (Reply 89):|
OK. Now think of the emotion that the heads of EK, SQ, QF, VS, etc. must be feeling about their interpretation of the ten-month new delay announcement?
These airlines need the plane, and will wait until such time as it can be ready. What else are they gonna do? Spend double the money and send two A330s everywhere to compensate?
|Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 90):|
Not because it's American, I'm sorry, but the MD-12 drawing looked sleeker and even graceful, especially in that MD paintscheme. When I saw the first A3XX I thought it looked more like a cow, that thing didn't look right. Ugly nose, tail too tall, plane too stubby, etc etc etc..
I'd say a good indication of which design was right is the one which is currently in production (i.e. A380). The MD
-12 might have looked nicer but that probably explains why it never left the drawing board. Do you really think Airbus meant it to be that ugly without taking technicalities into account?
So hang on, you're an expert, I assume.
Hey everyone, Airbus is a total failure, and so is the A380, despite the fact that it ain't entered service yet. The world's most profitable airlines continue to commit to the project and there will likely be a huge boom in air travel in the east, buy hey, what does that matter? Who are you, Nostradamus.....?