Airbus to end production of the A380 aircraft as its biggest customer Emirates cuts its order for the aircraft in half.
Other airlines have the A380 like British Airways, Qantas, Etihhad, Air France and others however they have only a handful and are not thought to be interested in buying anymore.
Airbus will deliver its last A380 to Emirates in 2021 after which no more will be made, over 3000 workers many here in the UK will be asked if they want to join the A350 and other single engine aircraft production line or potentially end up on the scrap-heap.
Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said: “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021.
“The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results.
“The A380 is not only an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement. Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide. But, keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators.
“The A380 is Emirates’ flagship and has contributed to the airline’s success for more than ten years. As much as we regret the airline’s position, selecting the A330neo and A350 for its future growth is a great endorsement of our very competitive widebody aircraft family,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO. “Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus.”