End of an era... Airbus A380

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    Took this photo last Saturday during our weekly planespotting meet. It's always a delight to see this German balyena, which is now sporting its new livery, fresh from a paint job done this month. For one who resides in the city that first flew the A380 commercially, and having retired the same equipment months ago, I am yet to experience and really looking forward to my first A380 flight, which gave me lots of excitement since i saw it off the ground during the Singapore Airshow in 2008.

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    Got to ride on the Airbus 380 on Emirates on my way to Europe , but surprisingly I found the 777-300 gave me a better flight experience.
     
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    I'm an aviation enthusiast and I was ecstatic in 2017 when I learned that my Asiana Airlines flight from ICN to JFK will use A380. I travelled in Economy class so there was not much difference in comfort in an A380 and an A350. I guess the wow factor in A380 would be for those travelling in first class (SQ suites and Emirates over the top amenities).
     
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    I was also so excited when our NRT-SIN flight was on an A380... I even took a selfie with the Safety Card...

    But compared to the 787...

    Dreamliner is more comfortable to my ears.
     
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    A380's a good plane before its time.

    Most airports are not designed to accommodate that big of a plane and that many of passengers.

    There are only select routes that have that much volume of passengers going to a hub.

    Give it 50 years from today and its more economical successor will be the standard.

    Some ideas are too early for demand.

    It's like grocery delivery in the late 1970s vs late 2010s. That early and no one wanted it. Today you're Luddite for eschewing it.
     
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    i tried A380 of qatar airways during my honeymoon! two thumbs up! hehe Paris to Qatar. it was a good experience...
     
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    a lot of the planes are out of commission due to delays in C checks (regular maintenance for aircraft which require a bit of downtime) . of course, all covid related. repair facilities are backed up.. there's a long line of planes due for this type of maintenance work. it'll take a while before most airlines' fleets are back to normal
     
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    Why The Airbus A380 Is Making An Unlikely Comeback
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    I've been fortunate to have experienced the A380 several times. Thai Airways from Bangkok to London, with Qatar from London to Doha, Etihad from London to Abu Dhabi, and most recently with Emirates from London to Dubai and back.

    Of all these flights, Emirates gave me the best experience. The planes were new and service was great. It was also my son's first A380 experience, and even he said he felt like we were invincible up in the air.

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    My Qatar flight was a blur, I wasn't really paying attention to anything because I was just excited to get to Manila.

    With Thai Airways, I was anxious because it was my first time leaving for London so I just slept through the flight. I remember the food was good though.

    Ahh, Etihad. The last flight out of London before the global lockdown. I got this one after my Singapore Airlines canceled my booking just days before my flight. It was cheap, because nobody was flying out. Our flight to Abu Dhabi used an A380 because it was the only plane there, it was apparently full coming to London, but there were only 15 of us going back. It could've been an opportunity for an upgrade but the airline suspended business and first, which didn't make sense because they could've effectively isolated us by putting us in the residences. Haha! Anyway, I loved the food, and I asked for two servings. The crew kept offering us food and drinks, because there were only 25 of us on that flight, including them and the pilots. I had a full row to myself, so I just lay and slept the rest of the flight. Good thing I did, because the AUH-MNL leg was a nightmare.

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    I'm looking forward to my flight next month with BA, it's scheduled on a B777-300ER, but sometimes, they do last minute switches to the A380.
     

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