Producing aircraft are causing Airbus to stay in the black, the one cost is the initial development cost, however, Airbus’ goal was to just break even and if they get just a few more orders they will accomplish that.
Well, it’s bigger and has more powerful engines, of course, it will cost more. However, it seats more and brings in more profit.
Singapore Airlines had a 10 year on the bird and as the production of most aircraft continues small redesigns occur to make the newer aircraft more efficient. Once the lease was up SIA decided to not renew it and to purchase new, cleaner, birds. SIA still has 5 more orders, they are not phasing the bird out.
I do not think the A380 is the best aircraft of all time, however, I do think it is a good aircraft and there are common, perpetuated misconceptions.