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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

Alan Brown Silver badge

Re: Glossing a commercial turd

"The A380neo is like a gun held to the head of the entire aviation industry"

Unfortunately not.

The killer factor of the 747 turned out to be unrefueled range, NOT capacity. Big Twins have eating its advantage from the bottom up because of ETOPS. The 777 in particular has been cannibalising 747 sales for the last 20 years.

None of this was known when the A380 was first developed and introduced as ETOPS wasn't even around at that point and had only just been introduced respectively.

The remaining market segments for Big Quads are much smaller. Boeing saw this coming and Airbus didn't.

ETOPS was a long time coming because high power piston engined aircraft were spectacularly unreliable. More often than not a transcontinental flight arrived with fewer engines operating than it left with. It took 40 years of long haul jet operations to convince authorities that turbines were better.

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