Airbus announces it will stop A380 superjumbo production

Airbus will end production of the A380 superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

 

Airbus has decided to end the production of the A380 double-decker aircraft after failing to secure orders.

 

The world’s largest airliner, capable of carrying up to 850 people, failed to gain backing from airlines as they backed a new generation of smaller, more fuel-efficient jets.

 

Airbus watched enviously as Boeing monopolised the very large aircraft market with its iconic 747.

 

Airbus said on Thursday the last A380 would be delivered in 2021.

 

The decision comes after Emirates, the A380’s biggest customer, reduced an outstanding order for 53 planes to only 14.

 

Tom Enders, Airbus’s chief executive, said: “We have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years.

 

“What we’re seeing here is the end of the large, four-engine aircraft.”