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1 hour ago, Grouse said:

I liked the DC10 very much

 

That was before they let peasants fly and price was everything!

 

I still dress properly for a flight 😉

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Great aircraft, later re-labeled MD11.... I grew up about 10 miles from the Douglas plant in Long Beach where it was built.

 

My first flight was a Delta L1011 from Orlando to Los Angeles, and it cost over $800...

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6 hours ago, Basil B said:

a really great aircraft but it's downfall like with Concord it is not made by Boeing, and the world is not a level playing field, easy to spot the American posters on this topic. 

 

It is easy to spot because Boeing is doing all the right moves. The shares I hold speak for themselves. Boeing is a very well run company on the forefront of technological advancements and in an industry that has an almost impossible bar to enter. They did record numbers of plane sales this year. There is literally nothing to not like about them at the moment.

 

I don't think you have to be American to realize this. 

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The new B777X that is supposed to test fly this year will carry up to 425 passengers with two engines...

 

Actually a little longer than the A380

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4 minutes ago, Cryingdick said:

 

It is easy to spot because Boeing is doing all the right moves. The shares I hold speak for themselves. Boeing is a very well run company on the forefront of technological advancements and in an industry that has an almost impossible bar to enter. They did record numbers of plane sales this year. There is literally nothing to not like about them at the moment.

 

I don't think you have to be American to realize this. 

While Airbus is hemorrhaging money on every A380 they sell...

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Apparently China is in the process of making a copy of the A380 called the Airboss 380.  They plan to save a lot of money by using plastic rivets. 

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6 minutes ago, tlandtday said:

Apparently China is in the process of making a copy of the A380 called the Airboss 380.  They plan to save a lot of money by using plastic rivets. 

 

Will they build them at the AIrbus plant Tianjin?

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2 hours ago, Grouse said:

I liked the DC10 very much

 

That was before they let peasants fly and price was everything!

 

I still dress properly for a flight 😉

Pity about the back doors blowing off. 

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No A380 anymore doesn't mean that we can't fly with it anymore: she can fly about 30 years more , and Airbus is not finished: 890 aircrafts to build in 2019 ( a220, a320, a330 neo and A350 ) 

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Yes, Boeing is scheduled to build 948 this year, has a backlog of 5,873 units and makes money on everyone...

 

Boeing has a bigger backlog of the 747 (24) than Airbus has of the 380....

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21 minutes ago, Snow Leopard said:

Pity about the back doors blowing off. 

They built 386 of them, they went out of production in 1988, and there are still 140 in operation so they couldn't have been that bad...

 

 

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1 hour ago, Aforek said:

No A380 anymore doesn't mean that we can't fly with it anymore: she can fly about 30 years more , and Airbus is not finished: 890 aircrafts to build in 2019 ( a220, a320, a330 neo and A350 ) 

 

Have fun paying for very expensive replacement parts. Airbus will never be able to leverage scale of economy now that it is scrapped. It's going to be a bit like finding parts for your Studebaker Hawk. I don't know maybe there will be enough parts from airlines going out of business trying to continue flying these things selling their planes when they go into restructuring as a result of bankruptcy

 

Airports are not going to put one single penny into accommodating this aircraft anymore. I didn't mind flying on the A380 but it's on life support and it's going to get the plug pulled. Only airlines that simply can not afford to replace them will operate it incurring tremendous losses with no new routes to add. Any business that runs these things because of some sense of nostalgia is going to hurt very badly.

 

The new Boeings with longer foldable wings will be so fuel efficient and can fly long haul with no transfers. Maybe a handful of mideast countries can make the A380 work into the future. 

 

Airbus isn't finished they are the very clear underdog however. 

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I feel you are American 😄 yes, Boeing is very good, in the past I have travelled  one time in a Boeing 777 and was very impressed, but, you know, I am European, so I hope Airbus will fly many many years more, they have proved that they can build wonderful planes like  the A380

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3 hours ago, Aforek said:

I feel you are American 😄 yes, Boeing is very good, in the past I have travelled  one time in a Boeing 777 and was very impressed, but, you know, I am European, so I hope Airbus will fly many many years more, they have proved that they can build wonderful planes like  the A380

I hope they both survive competition is always best for the consumer. The world needs airbus to make crappy planes so cheapskates can still fly. 😂 I am just teasing so please no hate mail.

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9 hours ago, Yellowtail said:

They built 386 of them, they went out of production in 1988, and there are still 140 in operation so they couldn't have been that bad...

 

 

Once they got all the issues sorted out not a bad plane. I think FEDEX or someone like that has a bunch of them. 

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Both the 4 engine aircraft Airbus built, A340/A380, cost the company dearly and have both been expensive disasters.

To sell less than 400 units of each aircraft is not a profit making production line. Now both aircraft are out of production. 

The only 4 engined commercial jet in production into the future is the B747-8, mainly freighter versions.  

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