Trawling through the newspages on t’Internet, and came across this superb comment apropos the Airbus 380, dated when the first Airbus was being assembled in Toulouse.
From a Mr. Michael Larcombe, Ruislip, Middlesex comes the tiny gem "Something that big should have more engines – eight at least, and more wings. I would prefer it to be a bi-plane."
Seeing as the wingspan of the A380 is in fact longer than the distance covered by first flight of the Wright Brothers all those years ago, I reckon the days of the bi-plane are just about over, as you just don’t see many around at all! Wonder why?