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Jamie4590 Guest

Whats everyones opinion on this aircraft. There is no doubt it is an incredible piece of design and engineering but I think I would feel uneasy boarding a plane that has been developed with the sole purpose of increasing profits. Fear

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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

I dont like it's design. It's too fat, but I do believe it's a very reliable aircraft. Wink

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

I don't like it either. As a cargo aircraft the Airbus 380 may be OK but I don't think 500+ people on one aircraft is a smart idea. Just because you can do something doesn't make it a good idea. Smile

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pilotwannabe Chief Captain

To me, its an ugly plane, very dumpy looking. I also dont think it will be very successful because it is very specific to the carriers that it can be in service with. I cant see easyjet ordering one...except maybe for their Malaga route Rolling Eyes

Anyways...I think Boeing were very clever with the timing of their launch of the 747-8 and I think many operators will choose this model (which they can fly to most airports in the world as opposed to ones that have been pre-determined for A380 use)

Wink

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Jonathan (99jolegg) Chief Captain

Personally, I don't like the A380. It has no character or style and aims to stuff as many people as possible in to make the most money possible.

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tomthetank Chief Captain

Jamie4590 wrote:

Whats everyones opinion on this aircraft. There is no doubt it is an incredible piece of design and engineering but I think I would feel uneasy boarding a plane that has been developed with the sole purpose of increasing profits. Fear

So the 747 was not made to increase profits Rolling Eyes but its still the most profitable aircraft aloft

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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Chief Captain

Personally, as your "average - Joe" passenger, I wouldnt' care what the aircraft looked like, however there is one thing about the aircraft that I believe will be a tough obstacle to overcome.

Now, when your in an airport, look around at the passengers -- How many of them are "thrilled" to go on a flight. Not many.

They want it done with as quickly as possible, right?

Well, the A380 is precisely the antithesis of efficiency, in my opinion. Because of this beast, all major airport are now having their international terminal renovated to accomodate this whale of a plane.

Having 500+ passengers waiting at one gate, to board the same aircraft is going to take a while, no matter how much Airbus denies it.

Finally, your going to have around 500+ pieces of check-in luggage (lets say one per passenger). To get the baggage out of the aircraft, and onto the carrousels, your going to need more machinery and more time.
There would probably be more than one carrousel for the A380, but how would the passengers know which carraousel their luggage is on?

As far as engineering, Airbus could probably make a table fly, but that's not necessarily what people want, and what people need.

As an average-Joe, I wouldn't be looking forward to a flight on the A380.

Just my 2 cents Wink

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violentviolet Captain

In my humble opinion....it's a big white sardine can, more than likely with the poor tall passengers with their knees up around their ears,but then every aircraft (appart from 1st class or buisness class) has been heightest,as in if your over 5 feet tall....SUFFER BABY!!! Wink

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PanAmerican Captain

My opinion: I'm surprised that it flies!

Also, I don't feel safe with Fly-By-Wire on that big of an aircraft.

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Alec Stelloh (Thunderbirdman2) Captain

How would you fell getting on a 797 wich is a triangle three engines and holds 1000 passengers do some research and it gets alot more intresting

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

I just don't think it will ever take off on time. How are 500+ dim-witted passengers ever going to get all their totally unnecessary carry-on bags stowed away unless you start boarding 2 hours ahead of time?

Also, the 747 has enough lavatories that stop working after 3 hours. Can you imagine how it will be on the 380? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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BoeingFanatic First Officer

I don't like it either. I personally think it's a big waste of money. Unlike the Boeing 787 thanks that is worth the money.

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Tailhook Chief Captain

I wonder how many of the sceptics would jump at the opportunity to be on the first commercial flight of the A-380.

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

Tailhook wrote:

I wonder how many of the sceptics would jump at the opportunity to be on the first commercial flight of the A-380.

Laughing You are probably right. I won't be one of them. There's nowhere I really want to go. Laughing

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Germán Campopiano (Oberkomando) Chief Captain

I t is a great plane, all aircraft has pros and negative aspects in many areas of design.
But i am not so sure of the uses they are giving to it. Thinking that at the end will be more cargo models of it than commertial versions.
I heard that was having some problems with the wings... Rolling Eyes

Jamie4590 Guest

Airlines are notorious for squeezing every penny they can. Airbus wouldn't have started the project if the airlines' ears didn't prick up when told it could carry 800+. I bet their dollar-sign eyes span around like a fruit machine while they salivated over the potential of extra revenue and cost savings.

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