The recent shock announcement that production will end in 2021 sees the beginning of the end for the A380, but it has years of service ahead of it. Chris Frame details recent developments with the carriers that operate the super jumbo.

British Airways currently serves Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Singapore and Vancouver with the A380. AirTeamImages.com/Steve Flint

On February 14 with no further orders expected Airbus announced that production of the A380 will cease in 2021. The advent of super-efficient twin-engine aircraft, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X programme, have seen a significant dip in demand for very large aircraft.

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