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March 10, 2019

A380

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:33 am
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This story confirms what I’ve always said.  The A380 never made any financial sense, either for its manufacturer or its operators.

February 15, 2019

Airbus A380

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:56 am
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Airbus is ceasing production of the A380.  This is not a surprise as the plane never sold in the numbers anywhere close to those needed to make it commercially viable.  There is speculation that when you factor in the development costs, that Airbus lost money on the A380.  The boys at Boeing look all the smarter for not competing with the A380.

June 7, 2018

Scrapping A380s

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:34 pm
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Story here.  I will pat myself on the back here.  I thought at the time that the Boeing bet on the 787 was better than what Airbus was doing with the A380.

April 21, 2015

A380

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:21 am
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Looks like Airbus is backing off the threat to stop production of the A380.  This article claims the aircraft will hit the break even point in sales this year.  I don’t believe it.  I think that the fact they even floated the idea of terminating production tells you that the aircraft isn’t profitable.  You don’t see Boeing talking about ending 747 production.

March 28, 2012

Even more A380 troubles

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:41 am
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With the history of recent A380 problems, you have to wonder if it is going to get the reputation of a bad aircraft, like the DC-10 did.  Most recent story here.

March 18, 2012

More A380 wing trouble

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:55 pm
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Story here.

February 14, 2012

Even more A380 trouble

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:07 pm
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More wing cracks have been discovered and now the entire A380 fleet is undergoing inspection.  I suspect that the Boeing 747 sales team is about to have an order bonanza.

January 29, 2012

Further A380 trouble

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:24 pm
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I’d previously noted here some problems that the A380 is experiencing.   Well, it appears that other cracks have been found in the wings.  Story here.

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