A380 – what does the future hold?

Airbus A380 The Future

With an end to production now in sight and airlines looking to reduce their super jumbo fleets, Louise Jones considers what lies ahead for the Airbus A380.

Prior to delivery, British Airways’ maiden A380, G-XLEA (c/n 095), took part in the flying displays at the 2013 Paris Air Show.
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For lovers of the A380, news that Airbus would end its production in 2021 wasn’t the Valentine’s message they wanted to receive on February 14. Indeed, there was a sense of sorrow all round. The decision was prompted when the type’s largest customer, Emirates, decided to reduce its order backlog from 53 to 14 examples, replacing the cancelled super jumbos with 30 A350-900s and 40 A330- 900s. The airline’s CEO and chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, reflected: “While we are disappointed to have to give up our order, and sad that the programme could not be sustained, we accept that this is the reality of the situation.”

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