With all the aircraft parking going on these days images like this one have made me wonder why the aircraft aren't just parked nose-to-tail:
I realize that rotating the longitudinal axis can help in cases where you move the nose of one aircraft past the tail of the next aircraft. But most of the time the aircraft in the image above are far enough apart for that to be a benefit.
Here's what seems to be a more efficient example:
One thought is that it might be due to prevailing winds on the airfield? Or is this just specific to the A380 or the location?