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    European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has said it will stop making its A380 "superjumbo", the world's largest passenger aircraft.

    In a statement, the firm said it would make its last deliveries of the aircraft in 2021.

    The decision comes after Emirates, the largest customer of the A380, reduced its order.

    The costly aircraft has struggled to compete with more efficient, smaller models.

    In a statement on Thursday, Airbus said Emirates would reduce its A380 order book from 162 to 123 aircraft.

    "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," said Airbus chief executive Tom Enders.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47231504

  • #2
    No surprise. Developed 20 years too late.
    "I didn't hear a single comment about airboxes, "carbashians", or how terrible the car looked. I did see dozens and dozens of little kids in awe of the speed and how cool the cars looked. We should learn from our children."
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    • #3
      Not surprising but a bit sad in a way as it allowed some of the glamour airlines from the Middle East to bring back some long lost features like on-board lounges and ultra high end first class cabins.

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      • #4
        Not quite RIP yet....still 2 more years of production.

        And the fleet in service won't go away for many years.

        Always had a limited market.
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        • #5
          Cool plane, very quiet and space ship like. London - Vancouver direct ... Spring through Fall.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by West View Post
            Cool plane, very quiet and space ship like. London - Vancouver direct ... Spring through Fall.

            Unfortunately for me there is limited A380 service from Easter Canadian airports and they are only to destinations I don't really have a need/desire to go to (Dubai or Qatar) and the pain of having to connect through the United States to Europe is not worth it lol

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            • #7
              Yes, kind of disheartening with stop in progress.

              Imperial class star destroyers measured out about 1,600 meters and carried about 45,000 people. We still have a ways to go.

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              • #8
                Free monitor wallpaper for all you A380 fans ...

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                • #9
                  The decision to kill an A380 freighter early on sealed its fate, really. The 747 is 50 years old now and yet still has more growth and sales potential than the A380 because it's not just an enormous one-trick pony. The 747-8 is still getting airline orders and the freighter version is moving right along with it, and even if and when the demand for 4-engine supers on passenger routes fades away, the market will still be there for 747 freighters in heavy cargo, which Airbus abandoned to Boeing with that decision. 747s are relatively easy to convert between freight and passengers and there's a half century of experience doing it; A380s, each of them all-in for passengers, not so much.
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                  • #10
                    https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/freighter/beluga.html

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                    • #11
                      I am talking about regular production freighters like the 747-8F and the numerous earlier 747 freighters and conversions. As such, 747s around the world haul something like half of the world's air freight. 747 freighters and combi conversions are so common that Iron Maiden even uses one on tour. (It helps that Bruce Dickinson owns part of an airliner conversion and maintenance operation and holds a 747-400 type rating.)

                      Beluga is not a production freight hauler. It carries outsize items like fuselage sections and wings to support Airbus production. (They used to use Super Guppies. Yes, Airbus production used to rely on converted Boeing products...) Nor is it A380-based, and since they primarily only support one company (Airbus itself) there are only a handful of them.

                      Boeing's 747-based Dreamlifter does the same thing. Likewise, Boeing has only 4 of them.
                      Last edited by Sea Fury; 02-14-2019, 01:13 PM.
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                      • #12
                        The name of the game is fuel economy. If you can buy a twin engine that can go just as far as a four engine on far less fuel burned , even if it can't hold as many passengers, economics favor the twin engine so that's what airlines are buying.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DaveL View Post
                          The name of the game is fuel economy. If you can buy a twin engine that can go just as far as a four engine on far less fuel burned , even if it can't hold as many passengers, economics favor the twin engine so that's what airlines are buying.
                          Yep. And then there are ginormous twins like the 777-9, which is about the size of some 747s and gets as much power out of 2 engines as midlife 747s got out of 4, and on less fuel.
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                          • #14
                            The modern fuel efficient long range twins have also made the three engine planes obsolete. They don't need a third engine for either power or range. It's just a matter of a better mousetrap coming along.

                            Airliners also have slower design speeds than the older models. The 30 minutes saved in flight time isn't worth the fuel to the airlines.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sea Fury View Post
                              The decision to kill an A380 freighter early on sealed its fate, really.
                              FedEx looked and said no. The size and weight of them would have required a bunch of expensive remodels to existing terminals. They aren't flying many 747s either, mostly 777s and 767s. UPS still has a bunch of 747s but most are all older variants. The new 747-8s aren't showing up yet, at least not here.

                              Cargolux has them, that is a big plane:

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