This is the Airbus A380 SuperJumbo, manufactured by a European consortium under Airbus SAS. We call it the SuperDumbo. It's on its first commercial flight to the United States and landing at JFK in a few minutes. This double-decker holds 850 passengers. Its development was plagued by huge cost overruns and delays. Its flight today is in a world of spiking oil prices, potentially peaking oil reserves, airport security fears and hassles, and carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.
In a world of meet-me conference calls, productive web meetings, and high definition video conferencing in the theme of telepresence, we wonder about the necessity of this flying monster.
We have an idea for the industry: Let's rent the Airbus A380 and host a trade conference. The agenda: Benefits of Meeting Virtually.
March 19, 2007