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.
That is what they said about the 747.
Like I said, the A380 is a great niche plane, much like the 747SP. Instead of long thin routes, the 380 will prosper on the long heavily travelled routes. It will do very well in Asia and the Middle East. Its not a real plane for North America.
Airbus makes great planes. My airline gets the first A350, hopefully we will take it to Asia where the money is.
Martin's flying boat...only two left