Bristol-based Airbus has announced it's to stop the production of the A380 in 2021 - after years of poor sales.
The world's largest airliner, which has two decks, was designed to challenge the iconic Boeing 747.
But it's reported Emirates, the biggest customer of the super jumbo, has decided to reduce its orders and choose smaller models instead.
“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 Officer Tom Enders. “The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results”.
On Valentines Day, of all days, @Airbus announces the end of #A380 production. A very sad day for an amazing aircraft which pilots & passengers love. However, large efficient 2-engined aircraft are favoured by airlines and are an easier fit at airports. 😢https://t.co/pyKiiHIlAZ pic.twitter.com/1CHlh4kooG— Captain Dave (@DaveWallsworth) February 14, 2019
“The A380 is not only an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement. Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide. But, keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators,” Tom Enders added.
“The A380 is Emirates’ flagship and has contributed to the airline’s success for more than ten years. As much as we regret the airline’s position, selecting the A330neo and A350 for its future growth is a great endorsement of our very competitive widebody aircraft family,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO. “Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus.”