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To: CWOJackson

The 380 has its niche.

The A318/319/320/321 has been killing Boeing.

2005 sales (Air Transport World, Feb 2006, page 9)

Boeing sold:
569 737's
43 747's
15 767's
157 777's
and 235 787's

Airbus sold:
918 A318/319/320/321
7 A300-600F
64 A330's
15 A340's
87 A350's
and 20 A380's

Competition is good!

Airbus produced 378 aircraft last year, Boeing produced 290.

56 posted on 02/15/2006 8:51:20 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Women hold grudges, guys hold keggers.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser
There's no doubt Airbus has been doing well with the smaller and midsize market, but the 380 is history repeating itself. You remember the history of the Clippers. Since few cities had airports and no land planes had the range, flying boats were your only option for transcontinental flight.

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.

60 posted on 02/15/2006 8:59:16 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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