I love the "Souvenirs, novelties, party tricks." subhead. What a brilliant movie that is!
Icon because... well, it's Top Secret!
Aviation enthusiasts without the budget to bag one of the discontinued Airbus A380s are in luck, as the jetmaker plans to auction off pieces from a retired superjumbo later this month. The three-day auction starts on October 13, and will include nearly 500 items, most of which were taken from the A380 with tail number MSN13, …
That's why I view the demise of the 380 with a sad eye: even in economy it is one of the most spacious aircraft that made you feel less like being in a tube-shaped torture device. Also, the carriers that fly it don't quite assume all their pax are hobbit-sized.
Some rumblings were heard from Airbus recently that suggests that the A380 may not have had it’s day. Work is being done on the feasibility of restarting production on an updated version of the aircraft as a number of airlines are grabbing the laid up A380s quite quickly.
VERY unlikely. It's mainly Emirates Airlines that's grumbling it wants more jets, but at the same time it's never going to commit to maybe a hundred at most more. The 251 built was already insufficient for Airbus to keep the line running and 100 more (or even 150 if other customers buy a few) will likely not do much. They need the factory space to keep up with demand for all their smaller jets as they have such backlog that airlines are choosing to go to Boeing simply because they need planes faster than Airbus can possibly deliver them.
"airlines are choosing to go to Boeing simply because they need planes faster than Airbus can possibly deliver them."
That's a bit sweet'n'sour for Boeing! Boeing get to sell more planes but only because Airbus can't make enough to satisfy demand. Must be nice to be able to make out like a bandit because you're only 2nd choice :-)