Is the Airbus A380 This Generation's Concorde?

The big plane that's a big flop

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When Airbus loaded one of its super-jumbo A380s with Wall Street analysts and flew it over New York two weeks ago, it was only the latest piece of evidence that the ginormous plane has fallen far short of expectations. Seven years after the A380’s debut, the number of U.S. carriers to take delivery of the 525-passenger aircraft stands at exactly zero.

“It’s just too big for most airlines and most routes,” said Brett Snyder, who tracks the airline industry at CrankyFlier.com.

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