Airbus to stop producing A380 jet as orders dry up

Airbus A380

Airbus A380

"With enough room to install stylish first-class suites, eye-catching bar or business areas, beautifully inviting cabin lighting and the quietest cabin in the sky, you will enjoy every aspect of the flight", Airbus' website said.

"Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 order book from 162 to 123 aircraft", Airbus said in a statement. "As a outcome of this decision and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, deliveries of the A380 will cease in 2021", the manufacturer announces in a statement. "For us, the A380 is a wonderful aircraft loved by our customers and our crew. We have invested a lot of effort, a lot of resources and a lot of sweat.but obviously we need to be realistic", Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said.

The company said it planned talks with unions over the potential for harm to up to 3,500 jobs connected to the superjumbo, which is assembled in France. Those prompted a company restructuring that cost thousands of jobs.

Airbus had been forced to slow A380 production in recent years before warning in January 2018 that the programme could be scrapped if no new orders came in.

Airbus has officially confirmed the end of A380.

Why is A380 production ending?

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The giant aircraft's first commercial flight to Europe - a Singapore Airlines service - arrived at Heathrow on March 3 2008.

Its 777 model and the smaller 787 Dreamliner, as well as Airbus's A350 models, twin-engine planes that pioneered the use of lightweight carbon fibre and efficient engines, helped airlines drastically cut fuel expenses and allowed them to use the planes with quicker turnaround times on smaller point-to-point routes. Born from these designs was the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 777X, aircraft that could fly a long way but could also land at smaller airports.

As part of the agreement with Airbus, Emirates has placed an order for 40 new A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.

Airbus will complete the remaining orders, then the factories and their workers will either be reassigned to other programs or let go.

With two decks of spacious cabins and room for 544 people in the standard layout, the superjumbo was created to challenge Boeing's legendary 747, but it failed to take hold as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, nimbler jets. Finally, a restless Airbus board started demanding a return and stronger prices just when the plane desperately needed an aggressive relaunch and fresh investment, insiders said. With Emirates negotiating their orders, Qantas giving up theirs and just today Qatar moving on to another aircraft. But ironically it was also Emirates that contributed to the A380's decline and fall.

The A380, measuring almost 240ft (73m) in length and with capacity for more than 500 passengers, made its maiden commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney on October 27, 2007, wrestling the title of the world's largest passenger jet from the Boeing 747. The A380 succeeded in that - the last passenger 747 was built two years ago - but Boeing will have a kind of last laugh.

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