Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2019

Production Of The A380 Superjumbo To Be Stopped

With the world’s largest aircraft Airbus wanting to challenge its US competitors. But the demand of the airlines goes now completely elsewhere.

A380 Superjumbo

The European Airbus Group announced on Thursday to stop production of the A380 superjumbo.

The A380 is the world’s largest commercial airliner with two large cabins, with standard seats for 544 passengers. With it, Airbus wanted to surpass the legendary 747 of its US competitor Boeing. However, the superjumbo could not prevail, as the airlines demanded a new generation of smaller, nimble jets.

The airline Emirates, the largest A380 customer, had decided to reduce its orders for the legendary superjumbo by 39 aircraft and instead ordered a total of 70 smaller A350 and A330neo models. However, Emirates has built its entire airline brand around the superjumbo – and the Boeing 777 – which is why the current Airbus decision also regrets.

Airbus said in a statement that the last A380 will be delivered in 2021. Until then, they will still produce 17 aircraft of this type – 14 for the Emirates and three for the Japanese airline ANA.

The shutdown of production costs according to first data about 3,000 to 3,500 people the job.

Incidentally, except for the world’s largest passenger jet A380, Airbus has received another major cancellation. The Arabian airline Etihad canceled an order for 42 copies of the youngest A350 long-haul jet, as Airbus announced on Thursday in Toulouse. This Etihad has only 20 machines of the type to get.

The Airbus leadership was convinced that the backlog of orders for the recently achieved production rate of ten monthly aircraft of the type is sufficient.

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