Wanted to see if anyone might shed some light on this. This is a fascinating topic for me, and I’m curious how the A380 has been proven to be a moneymaker for the airlines it services, regardless of it being such a beautiful and impressive plane! I’ve gained much knowledge over the years about smaller aircraft overtaking the widebodies in regards to profitability, and their ability to operate many more flights per day to certain destinations based on tarmac space, traffic, etc, and it all makes sense. This being said, I find it very impressive that an airline such as Emirates can operate a strictly widebody fleet (109 A388s and 162 77Ws) and still find a way to be profitable. Would they have to be selling out pretty much every flight to make this feasible? Not quite sure if this is based mostly on tourism or business travel, but the traffic coming into DXB must be incredible for the number of planes and passengers they see per day.
I had the opportunity to fly on one of these a few years back (SFO-FRA via Lufthansa), and I immediately noticed how quiet and comfortable it was. Very impressive in many ways, and I’m sorry to see it go, but it’s understandable. The overall cost-efficiency of the 787 and A350 was just too much to handle I suppose. Hopefully we’ll see many more years out of the current fleet.