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World's biggest passenger jet Airbus A380 ceases production

Dal Kikin
February 15, 2019

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Airbus ceases production of A380 wide-bodied aircraft, according to a European aircraft manufacturer. In 2021, he will cease their deliveries.

This decision was made due to an insufficient number of orders for the most spacious passenger aircraft in the world (the maximum single-class layout is 853 people). The main operator, A380, is a Middle Eastern airline, Emirates (now with 109 vehicles of this type in the fleet), reduced its order book by 39 aircraft, from 162 to 123.

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Australian Qantas canceled an order for eight of these machines. The remaining 14 aircraft will be transferred to the Middle East operator in the next two years. Instead of four dozen four-engine A380, Emirates will acquire twin-engine wide-body aircraft - the A330neo and A350-900. Emirati carrier has already signed a contract for 30 and 40 of these machines, respectively, and is going to increase the order.

In recent years, Airbus has repeatedly reduced the pace of production of the A380. By 2020, he planned to slow production down to 6 cars. In January 2018, the Emirates saved the A380 program by placing an order for 36 aircraft. Then the aircraft manufacturer hoped to extend production for another 10 years.

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The world's largest passenger aircraft took off for the first time in 2005 and entered the airline industry two years later. On October 25, Singapore Airlines completed its first flight on the A380 from Singupar to Sydney. Tickets for this flight were sold on eBay; funds went to charity.

To date, Airbus has delivered 234 A380 to 13 airlines: Emirates (109 BC), Singapore Airlines (24), Lufthansa (14), British Airways (12), Qantas (12), Air France (10), Etihad Airways (10) , Korean Air (10), Qatar Airways (10), Asiana Airlines (6), Malaysia Airlines (6), Thai Airways International (6) and China Southern Airlines (5).

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“We have no reason to maintain production, despite all our efforts to sell other airlines in recent years. This brings us to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021, ”Airbus cites the words of the CEO of the company Tom Enders (he will resign in April 2019).

The company assured that they will retain technical support for the A380, which are in operation. “Do not forget that the A380 will still fly into the sky for many more years. Airbus, of course, will provide full support to operators of the A380, ”said Enders.

Against the background of growth in traffic, airlines are interested in smaller aircrafts compared to the A380, as each unsold passenger seat leads to losses. This plane is scary for airline executives, since the risk of not selling so many places is too high.