Although impressive, the 380 scares me a little bit.
Here we have the largest airliner ever conceived with a capacity of over 500 passengers.
Quantas has already ordered the first few of the line.
The original, (Designer's Initial Vision) hereon mentioned as the DIV model, was intended to reserve most of the upper deck with a large lounge and first class seating and births.
The lounge will be large enough to accomodate ALL passengers.
The DIV model is a great idea, but I doubt it will be preserved.
We all know that certain airlines who shall remain nameless (Cough Cough aircanadabritishairwaysamericanairlines bleck)
...will jam as many seats into the aircraft as possible maybe raising the number of passengers to almost 600? Who knows.
This, in my mind, places a huge responsiblity on the pilots and the aircraft itself. What's the glide ratio on this monster? 1:3 at best? If those engines quit, you'd need an awful big dustpan to pick up the pieces.
Not to mention that many critics suggest that the existing airframe design (A300-340, B707-777, etc.) has been maxxed out as far as it can go. The span of the A380's wings alone restrict the aircraft to certain airports that have enough space for the ##### thing to turn!
Are we moving in the right direction these days? Or has the economic pressure of running an airline superseded concerns on human life and safety? Where will the line be drawn?