Airbus ends A380 programme

An Airbus A380 performing a flight display at the Paris Air Show 2017. Photo: © Airbus

Airbus has confirmed that it will end production of the Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

The last delivery of an Airbus A380 is now scheduled for 2021.

The aircraft type has suffered from a lack of demand. Earlier this month, Australian flag-carrier Qantas cancelled a longstanding order for eight additional Airbus A380s. Now, Emirates, by far the largest A380 customer, has cancelled 39 of its 53 remaining orders for the superjumbo and instead opted for A330neo and A350.

Airbus presented its full-year results for 2018 on Thursday morning. The European aircraft manufacturer says it spent 463 million Euro (US $552 million) on the A380 programme in 2018, far from it being profitable. A total of twelve A380s were delivered last year.

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