Airbus A380 production to stop in 2021

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Airbus will end production of its A380 aircraft by 2021 after delivering on final orders of the aircraft.

On February 14, Airbus announced the decision to cease making A380s after disclosing a “lack of order backlog” with airlnes worldwide.

Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, on airline that buys A380s, Emirates, is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123.

Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years.

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As a consequence and given the decreased interest for A380s by other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the of the aircraft by 2021.

Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.

Airbus chief executive officer Tom Enders said as a result of this decision Airbus has no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all of its sales efforts with other airlines in recent years.

“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,” said Enders.

Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said 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.

“Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus,” said Faury

Airbus will start discussions with its social partners in the next few weeks regarding the 3,000 to 3,500 positions potentially impacted over the next three years.

However, the ongoing A320 ramp-up and the new widebody order from Emirates Airline will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities.

Airbus will end production of its A380 aircraft by 2021 after delivering on final orders of the aircraft.

On February 14, Airbus announced the decision to cease making A380s after disclosing a “lack of order backlog” with airlnes worldwide.

Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, on airline that buys A380s, Emirates, is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123.

Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years.

As a consequence and given the decreased interest for A380s by other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the of the aircraft by 2021.

Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.

Airbus chief executive officer Tom Enders said as a result of this decision Airbus has no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all of its sales efforts with other airlines in recent years.

“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,” said Enders.

Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said 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.

“Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus,” said Faury

Airbus will start discussions with its social partners in the next few weeks regarding the 3,000 to 3,500 positions potentially impacted over the next three years.

However, the ongoing A320 ramp-up and the new widebody order from Emirates Airline will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities.

Qantas formally cancelled its longstanding order for eight more superjumbos in early February.

A Qantas spokesperson said following discussions with Airbus, Qantas has now formalised its decision not to take eight additional A380s that were ordered in 2006.

“These aircraft have not been part of the airline’s fleet and network plans for some time. Qantas remains committed to a major upgrade of its existing A380s, which begins in mid-calendar 2019 and will see us operate the aircraft well into the future.”