Boeing Questions A380’s Ability To Sell

    April 28, 2005
    Chris Crum

Yesterday the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, made its first flight which lasted about 4 hours.

The A380 took off from and landed inToulouse, France with about 30,000 people watching.

Airbus rival, Boeing acknowledges the accomplishment Airbus has made, but doesn’t see the A380 as very practical.

It is ”a very large airplane for a very small market,” said Boeing spokesman Jim Condelles.

”First flights are always very interesting and exciting. It’s an engineering accomplishment that Airbus should be very proud of,” he added. ”We just don’t see a market for 1,250 of these airplanes over the next 20 years.”

A Chicago Sun-Times article says, “Condelles was referring to Airbus’ global market forecast for very large jets. Boeing sees demand for just 400 jets with 450 seats or more. If Airbus is right, it could enjoy a near-monopoly in that market while Boeing scrambles to produce a competitor.”

The A380 will only fly into 25 airports at first, but that number will grow over the next 20 years.

Airbus has received orders for 154 of the planes so far. No American carriers have ordered any.

Chris is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.