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Lufthansa is the only airline flying A380s and passenger 747-8s. The 747-8 is Boeing's largest ever airliner, but when parked next to Airbus' giant A380, it really is dwarfed by the double-decker.

 Lufthansa operates six 747-8s and ten A380'. The picture below shows two A380s parked next to a rather inconspicuous747-8.

photo: Nigel Howarth

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on Dec 7, 2015

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on Dec 7, 2015

Why do so many fans of the a380 versus the 747-8 always boast about size? (BTW- all the products of both Airbus and Boeing are fine products - its just how close they match what a particular airline needs for max profits.) The 747-8 is 31% lighter MTW than that the 380 but carries only 12% less passengers. So "super jumbo" in size but in passenger capacity or the even more important LD3's.
The 380 wing was supposedly designed for the mid sized 380...the envisioned 380neo stretch (900). That is the mid size of the master plan 380 family: 380-800, 900(neo), 1000. So the wing is too big for the current model. BUT BUT BUT it turns out that the 900neo has to have a redesigned wing and wing box because it wasnt properly designed in their rush to compete with the 747-400 version. The 777-X will kill off the 380 as well as the 747-8. The next generation 2ill have dual ABOVE WING fans. ETOPS has matured that all the twins are now qualified. SOME DAY they will need something larger than the 777-9X in quantity, but when that finally happens, both companies will have a replacement that wont be the 380.

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