The 5 Reasons Why The Airbus A380 Is On The Way Out 

It was a technical masterpiece that both pilot and passenger loved, but it didn’t do what any commercial venture needs to: make money. Thomas Haynes details why one of Airbus’ largest gambles hasn’t paid off. 


Following 12 years of studies, Airbus unveiled the £8.5 billion A380 programme in December 2000. The initial aim of the initiative was to challenge the dominance of the Boeing 747 in the long-haul market – but ultimately, the A380 is going the same way as Boeing’s much-loved jumbo.  
The stated goal at the time was for a 15% lower operating cost than the 747-400. Prior to launching the A380 project, Airbus had attempted to enter into a venture with Boeing, along with a consortium of several companies, to conduct a joint feasibility study of a Very Large Commercial Transport (VLCT) aircraft, aiming to form a partnership to share the limited market. 

The Airbus A380 was conceived to challenge Boeing's dominance in the long-range market with the 747-400. Wikimedia Commons/Altair78

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