Airbus to stop A380 superjumbo production

Published: Wilson Clark

On: Jan 2018

European planemaker Airbus has recently stated that they will be planning to stop making the production of its A380 superjumbo design, if it does not get any more orders.

The sales director John Leahy told that Airbus would have end the production of the programme if the main customer of the plane, Emirates airline of Dubai, did not place another order.

Mr. Leahy further said that,” But I am hopeful that we will surely work out a deal with Dubai’s Emirates. The president of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark said that, “We remain optimistic that this deal can be conducted.”

Airbus reveals that the production of A380 superjumbo could end soon

Airbus told that Emirates was the only airline which has the ability to take a less number of 6 planes a year for a period of 8 to 10 years.

Airbus revealed in a statement that they had collected great number of orders for the planes than Boeing previous year which was the 5th year in a row that it has beaten its American rival. The pan-European company said last year it had booked about 1,109 aircraft orders and even hold a record of 718 deliveries.

While, the United States rival Boeing booked around 912 orders and made 763 deliveries.

The chief operating officer of Airbus, Mr. Fabrice Bregier told that overall deliveries could increase to 800 in the year 2018, all credit goes to the swelled pace of production of its medium-haul aircraft of A320neo.

He said, the last year, the deliveries of the A320neo were slowed due to the problems with engines of planes, but these issues were resolved now.

The project of A380 was first approved in the early 90s which was considered to be an eventual successor to the Boeing 747, with its development work started in 1993. As per the specification given by the customer, the plane which is designed to associate amenities like lounges, bars, duty free shops and bars has twin decks of seats.

Since its launch in the year 2007, there have been around 317 orders for the world’s largest passenger airline. In the month of October, the airbus A380 model made its commercial debut flight with Singapore airlines that flying from Singapore to Sydney.

In 2008, Qantas took orders of the plane, flying the route between Los Angeles and Melbourne. Even though Air France and Lufthansa have flown the airbus A380, its biggest customer over the years has been Emirates.