That probably will not happen. Cargo Airlines like Fedex and UPS have looked at the Hypothetical A380-F, but honestly it would just be too big to utilise, and not only that, it would also make it unprofitable. I have copied a couple of paragraphs from an article, found linked here, so if you wish to read it, you can. But anyway, the above linked article states
“The hypothetical freighter equivalent of the A380 would get too heavy as it approaches its volume limit.
An A380-F would be too fat to fly at a profit: The plane would hit the maximum payload before its maximum cubic space. Its design can’t support the maximum payload required to generate a profit.
Consider a comparison with the Boeing 747-400F, a popular air freighter. The 747 has a maximum take-off weight of 448,000 kilograms to the A380’s 575,000. In addition, the 747 has a cargo capacity of 710 meters cubed to the hypothetical A380-F’s 1134 metres cubed. The A380-F would be able to carry 60% more volume than the 747, but only 28% more weight. It wouldn’t be fully loaded at typical levels of air cargo density, or at least nothing close to what can be supported by the thrust capacity of the 747.
The A380 is much better adapted as a passenger plane than as a cargo plane.”
That doesn’t mean there probably won’t be some type of converted freighter, but the above mentioned article probably means that “The Whale” will not be sustainable as a converted cargo aircraft.
The A380 was a project that was introduced almost 20-30 years after the prime time of air travel, when people were flying more than ever - but with rising fuel and oil prices, plus being out of date - Airbus already killed the A380 when it was already a concept. Although the plane has many impressive records, it’s legacy - well it probably won’t have one, apart from being a “Flying Whale”. The 747 however, will always be a technological marvel - and although the 747-8 is probably the last variant of the plane, it’s had a good history from good to bad.
@Lucas_Brien pretty much summed up the differences between the flying models between Airbus and Boeing.
Airbus believes in the “Hub to Hub” model of flying, in this case imagine flying from a place like Cairns to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to fly to Singapore on an A380. You’re flying away from your destination, however, Boeing’s 737-8 MAX being so efficient and range conscious, an airline will profit better connecting a direct flight between those cities, since Boeing believes in the “Point to Point” model. Just imagine placing a large airliner on that route if it isn’t big enough even to fill an A330. Since the 737-MAX is utilising that route, I think it is going so well, I think they have 2 flights per day. No matter who tells you what, smaller is always better.
All we can say now is that Twin-Jet Jumbos like the 777-X and A350’s are all the rage in profitability and style for airlines. I’d definitely fly a 777 over an A380 any day.
Sorry to say, but the best place for an A380 now days would be to the scrap yards!
Sorry for being so off topic. Just realised one small phrase can turn into a whole Novel. Lol.