OK, so the last time I opened my mouth on the subject of airplanes’ energy appetites, I was off by a nautical mile.
This time, I’ve checked my work. See what I now think about the just-launched Airbus A380 in this article at National Geographic. Short version: it’s a fuel hog.
Look for a fuller discussion in Cascadia Scorecard 2005, which we’ll release in about a month.
UPDATE: Another interesting article on the A380 from Agence France-Press. The nut–
If Airbus’ business plan is right, "the number of air passengers will triple in the next 20 years."
Even if planes get bigger, there will still be a lot more of them in the skies in order to meet demand and this will cancel out the benefits in improved fuel efficiency [compared with the 747].