The 380 has its niche.
The A318/319/320/321 has been killing Boeing.
2005 sales (Air Transport World, Feb 2006, page 9)
and 235 787's
and 20 A380's
Competition is good!
Airbus produced 378 aircraft last year, Boeing produced 290.
WWII changed that. Airports everywhere and tremendous strides in aircraft design. Coming out of WWII France wanted to regain his place in the aviation market so they put a lot of time and money into the largest, grandest...and most obsolate flying boats ever built. I wish I could recall the name/model.
Naturally they were grand flops; ending up their days flying caro. I think several of them ended up flying ore in South America.
That's the problem with the 380...they are big. Too big.