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.