Airbus to stop A380 program
Although quite popular, having a huge fan base and with passengers being impressed by its bars and showers, the unique double deck Jet was a tough sale to airlines. 500 seats are hard to fill in one plane only and few carriers could operate at full capacity. Also advancements in technology meant that twin-engine planes such as the Boeing Dreamliner 787 and the Airbus A350 were more economically feasible on long-haul routes.
Tom Enders, Airbus’s outgoing CEO, said the cancellation was “painful for us”. He said: “We have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. What we’re seeing here is the end of the large, four-engine aircraft,” said Enders, who admitted that the company was ten years late in developing the superjumbo.
Airbus notes that the A380 will be built until all the current orders are exhausted, but deliveries will end in 2021. "Keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators," said CEO Tom Enders. Sure, but if you've always dreamed of flying one, don't hold off on booking it for too long.
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