The A380: You Should Be So Lucky

The world’s largest passenger aircraft, fully pimped out in ultraluxury by Emirates airlines, is scheduled to land today in New York.


What are your chances of ever riding in one of these giant Airbus A380s? Not so good, explains The Courant’s Eric Gershon.

The problem is that U.S. airlines aren’t buying the A380. They’re not buying much of anything, as The New York Times explains, so your next trip on a U.S. airline is unllikely to be on a new plane.

The new A380s are going primarily to Asian and Middle Eastern airlines. And most of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners, scheduled to start going into service next year, have been ordered by foreign airlines.

Get used to it, Americans. The next-door neighbors got the new luxury sedan, and we’re going to be driving our little beaters around for quite a while. 

Hey, I find that if you position your knees just right and stay alert, you can usually support the broken tray table on an approximately horizontal plane so that the chances of a drink sliding into your lap are minimized. If the seat pitch is small enough, you might even be able to wedge it up against your gut.


3 thoughts on “The A380: You Should Be So Lucky

  1. hork kesekes

    The second-largest purchaser of the 787 is a giant leasing company who will make planes available to any airline with the dollars to lease them. And the “majority” of the total purchasers have not been specifically identified for competitive reasons.
    So I would dispute the statement that “most of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners, scheduled to start going into service next year, have been ordered by foreign airlines”.
    Shortly after the 787 is delivered to the leasing company, you will see several US flag carriers flying it who are not currently on the public purchase list — and the used airliner market will see a glut of cheap 7×7 aircraft that will fuel a minor boomlet in the 3rd world aviation and private air-yacht markets.

  2. Jeanne Leblanc

    It is true that ILFC has ordered 74 of the 900 Boeing 787s on order. But when you count up the orders from foreign airlines – excluding leasing companies both foreign and domestic – you get more than 700 aircraft. That is certainly “most” of 900.

  3. Maryanne

    Whether supporting my tray table or not, I also like my planes more or less horizontal.
    ; ) from the other side of the world….


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