(AIRBUS) – Europe’s Airbus is scrapping production of the A380 superjumbo, with lacklustre sales forcing it to abandon a dream of dominating the skies with a 21st century cruiseliner.
The world’s largest airliner, with two decks of spacious cabins and room for 544 people in standard layout, was designed to challenge Boeing’s legendary 747 but failed to take hold as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, more nimble jets.
The shake-up came after Emirates – the largest A380 customer – decided to reduce its orders for the iconic superjumbo and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo instead.
Emirates, which had built its global brand around the A380 and Boeing 777 and which also has 100 of the Airbus superjumbos in its fleet, said it was disappointed by the closure.
Airbus said on Thursday (February 14) the last A380 would be delivered in 2021.
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