The Airbus A380 is one of the most impressive and at the same time most controversial aircraft in aviation history. And as the largest passenger aircraft in the world, the A380 is undoubtedly a technological marvel.
When the European aircraft manufacturer invented the A380 three decades ago, it was considered an aircraft that would revolutionize air travel with a great vision of unparalleled luxury for passengers and high profitability for airlines.
Not everything worked out quite as Airbus had hoped, however. Instead of becoming a workhorse for airlines around the world, the A380 has become a niche aircraft for busy airports and markets with bottleneck problems.
Since the early 2000s, Airbus has only been able to sell 331 A380s, more than half of them to the Dubai-based Emirates airline.
Some industry watchers, like Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia, have even called it the biggest mistake in Airbus history. According to Aboulafia, the A380 is a poorly made aircraft for a market that doesn’t really exist. As a result, the $ 25 billion Airbus spent on the A380 program could have been better used elsewhere, such as competing with Boeing’s next-generation 777X or a real replacement for the aging 757, Aboulafia told NewsABC.net.
Regardless of the challenges faced by the A380 program, the superjumbo remains a truly formidable aircraft. The Airbus A380 is the company’s most expensive aircraft at a list price of $ 445.6 million. That’s more than $ 79 million more than Airbus’ second best offer – A350-1000. It’s nearly $ 43 million more than the Boeing 747-8 and $ 19.8 million more than the next generation Boeing 777-9.
Some time ago, Etihad Airways granted NewsABC.net access to one of its A380s on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Let’s take a look at Etihad’s Airbus A380 Superjumbo:
This is what it looks like in Etihad’s Airbus A380 – the most expensive and largest aircraft in the world
This article was published by NewsABC.net in May 2019. It has now been reviewed and updated.