A few years ago, Boeing and Airbus both revealed their plans for the future. Airbus was going to go with the massive A-380 jumbo jet, while Boeing would go with the smaller 787 Dreamliner.

The A-380 had challenges: most airports could not handle a plane of its size and weight; airports needed to modify runways and terminals for the plane. In the meantime, the 787 became one of the most popular commercial aircraft in history, with sales totaling more than $100 billion.

How did things work out for the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers?

The 787 has faced major delays in its development and is more than two years behind schedule. Its first test flight, scheduled for June 30, has been indefinitely postponed. Last week Boeing announced that it would purchase Vought Aircraft Industries’ 787 operations in North Charleston, South Carolina for $580 million. The plant manufactures the 787 aft fuselage assembly. The purchase gives Boeing greater control over the 787 manufacturing process, while helping Vought, which was unable financially to handle the 787 program. Elmer Doty, president and CEO of Vought Aircraft Industries said “the financial demands of this program are clearly growing beyond what a company our size can support.”

In the meantime the A-380 has gone into service with several carriers around the world.

How large is the A-380? You’ll find the answer in the video below, which was shot outside Toronto Pearson International Airport. Excited aviation “geeks” stand in a gas station parking lot, watching as aircraft pass directly over them at low alititude before landing across the street.

Watch the whole video, but pay particular attention at the 4 minute mark when an Emirates A-380 lands. Simply put, the plane is HUGE!


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