Quads to twins

The Airbus A380 will not be built after 2021, with efficient twin-jets such as the A350 and 777 having usurped the aircraft.
P Pigeyre/Airbus

THE ANNOUNCEMENT by Airbus recently that it will end production of its flagship A380 in 2021 was unsurprising.

Sales of the company’s super jumbo have struggled for years. Airbus’ latest orders and deliveries figures, updated in March to account for cancellations, show it sold only sold 290 examples of the A380 after the type’s formal industrial launch back in December 2000, with the last new firm order placed in 2013 by Emirates. The declining backlog forced the manufacturer to scale back production rates in the last few years from the high of 30 aircraft in 2014 down to eight this year.

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