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Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380, sign new wide body orders – A380 production to end in 2021

Airbus has made this announcement: Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021. Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible wide body… ( More...

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jbqwik 6
Airbus was ready to put this to rest and move-on months ago except the outgoing CEO was holding-out for one last line item added to his legacy.
The real story here, in my mind, is how Boeing resisted the then mighty call for bigger, and, instead, acted upon its own market research and strategy.
I'm not a huge Boeing management fanboy, having to deal with similar for decades. But I have to give them a nod on this one. Airbus 0, Boeing 1
SmokedChops 5
I wonder how many airports had to make changes, or were considering changes to infrastructure to accommodate this big fish? Ground handling, air bridges, spacing, taxiway limits, etc... Granted they will be in use for many years to come, just don't see too many 'new' markets opening up. [probably not stopping by DSM or CID anytime soon] Another cool footnote in the history of aviation. I am hoping all of the airframers have taken notes regarding market forecasts, fleet projections, development strategies. I am sure EADS has taken away all sorts of useful information from the billions invested. Hopefully one piece of information was "holy crap, that was an expensive gamble..."
Em Fairley 3
Dubai spent billions on a completely new terminal. If only they'd had the foresight to realize this behemoth was a white elephant from the start...
Kobe Hunte 2
good point but it doesn't mean that they are all of a sudden going to stop using the A380..
Pretty hard to fly a small city to a few you limit frequency.....

Kobe Hunte 2
glad they haven't fully decided about the 747 tho...
w2bsa 1
I must say that this doesn’t surprise me!! Boeing saw this coming many years ago and halted production of the 747 in favor of twin engine widebody aircraft. The only exception is freighters and specialized military aircraft.
MultiComm 4
True but the A380 hasn’t even been found capable of a freighter conversion.
w2bsa 1
Yes, I know. The A380 was designed strictly as a passenger airplane. The freighter version of the 747 was always around. Now that UPS and Fedex are in need of heavy freighters to replace their aging DC-10s they are turning to the 747-8 as the replacement. Also, I know that the new 747s being built as the replacement for the current Air Force 1 are also being built on the 747-8 platform.
James Simms 2
Wonder what the USAF will use when the Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post (AACP), the current "Nightwatch" aircraft used for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP) program aircraft, reach the end of their lifetime? There were several damaged by a tornado @ Offut AFB 2-3 years ago. I know there are Boeing E-6 Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft based on the Boeing 707-320 around, but that seems like an old airframe. Would think there are RFP for new E-4 type aircraft as well as RFP in the near future for the E-8’s based on the 767/787/797 airframes.
What I thought airbus ended production?
Mike Boote 1
I may be all wet here, but I see a similarity between the A380 and the B777X. Both aircraft are centered primarily around one customer - Emirates. Both have lackluster sales. I hope I'm wrong about the B777X, but I am suspicious any time an aircraft is built for essentially one customer. Don't forget the L-1011's story.
SteveIssacson 1
So sad to see this.


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