Nothing like handicapping American companies that have to compete against foreign companies which are subsidized by their governments.
The A380 can only operate at a handful of airports around the world because of its massive size. It is too heavy, even Airbus engineers admitted it was over target weight, and too large. The 747-8 will be able to operate at every airport the current 747-400 can. Plus, can you imagine trying to get off a plane with 550-600 other people? Talk about the long turn around times airlines will be faced with!
Boeing has more cash than France :)~
Boeing gets its fair share of Government cheese, and a good percentage of their planes are made with foreign parts.