Reply to post: Re: Rune reading again ...

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

Charlie Clark Silver badge

Re: Rune reading again ...

A typical high speed train can carry 1,000-1,200 people in relative comfort, uses sod all fuel compared to an airliner, and can if required run at around 5 minute intervals.

Sure, but it's not possible for all potential journeys within China. An A380 service between Peking and the Pearl River Delta could still make sense.

And, of course, the A380 is built for Africa to Mecca trips…

I think the point is really that the economics of the airline market have changed a lot since the A380 was originally designed and planned. No doubt they will change again.

The irony is that it was the work on the A380 that kick-started a lot of the technologies that have made subsequent planes possible.

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