Airbus Bids Adieu to the A380

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 19, 2019

The final two double-deckers will be delivered in 2021, just 14 years after the first A380 went into service, after the Dubai-based Emirates made a decision to reduce its total orders by 39 planes, Airbus said.

"Airbus tends to think of it as a flagship; Enders looks at it and sees a lack of orders", said a person close to the German-born CEO, who steps down in April. "The total order book of about 7,600 aircraft will allow us to continue to increase production". "But obviously we need to be realistic", he added.

Production of A380: The Major part of Airbus A380 was manufactured in different parts of Europe that are France, Germany, Spain, and the UK, and the remaining parts of the Airbus A380 supplied by Rolls-Royce, General Electric, United Technologies etc.

Up to 3,500 jobs are at risk, but it's possible some can be transferred to other, more profitable lines. The A380 was developed at a cost of US$25 billion and first took to the skies 14 years ago.

Pledges to get the A380 programme back on track were unable to avoid further delays, even as a series of safety scares raised questions among potential clients, including long-targeted Chinese airlines. To date, it has only produced 234, according to CNN. He claims that the move would lead to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021, a painful news for the company and the A380 communities worldwide.

Winding up the programme cut Airbus's 2018 earnings by 463 million euros, but it still posted a 29 percent surge in net profit to three billion euros.

In the fourth quarter, the company received a net profit of 1.601 billion Euro, which is nearly 1.7 times higher than a year ago. The consolidated revenue rose to 63.7 billion Euro, which mainly reflects a record number of commercial aircraft shipments.

United States rival Boeing said in January that it would build as many as 905 planes this year. The special thing about the A380 Area is, it has 40% more space than its adversary the Boeing 747-8.

The end of A380 production also means that, for the first time since the late 1980s, Airbus will produce only twin-engine commercial jets. With the A380s high fuel costs, Emirates was forced to operate some underperforming routes at a loss, unlike other competitors that could utilise more efficient aircraft such as the A350. Initial orders however were solid, especially among Asian and Middle East airlines with extensive long-haul operations. Since its inception, Emirates has been Airbus's main customer for the aircraft - but Emirates switched its large A380 order to 70 of the smaller and more fuel-efficient A330 and A350 aircraft.

"After many months of discussions, we have come to an agreement with Airbus and Rolls-Royce", Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said.

Airbus had positioned the A380 to meet increasing demand for air travel, betting that congestion at major airports would make a compelling business case for carriers to use the larger aircraft. It added that the expanding A320 program and the big new order from Emirates "will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities".

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