It is over: Finally, it was the market, not the market forecast, that determined the fate of the Airbus A380. Emirates airline terminated its consideration of the future of its largest aircraft, canceling an order for 39 A380 aircraft and orders 40 A330-900neos and 30 A350-900s in their place.
As was generally expected, the change has finally come to Airbus superjumbo. "As a result of this decision, we have no significant A380 backlog and therefore no reason to maintain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines over the past few years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021," says Airbus CEO director Tom Enders in a statement.
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The timing of the decision is remarkable given it rolling the leadership skills of Airbus, this adds the "painful" decision to sunset A380 at the end of Enders & # 39; mission, not the first major decision by Guillaume Faury's administration, to start later this spring. only offer two motorcycles for the first time since 1
Emirates have 14 A380s left on order and will eventually have a total of 123 in their fleet at the end of the production run. In view of the Emirates decision and the likelihood that Air Accord and the landlord Amedeo will be realized, the A380 production run will be completed by approx. 251 deliveries since 2007.
Prior to the combined A380 and A350-1000 for a single "extra-large" demand category in 2018, Airbus in 2017 had the belief that 1,410 superjumbos would be needed in two decades. In 2007, it stood at 1,283.
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The decision from Emirates came almost in parallel with a corresponding decision from Etihad Airways to substantial scale back their own committed order book . It will now take five Airbus A350-1000s (down from 62), 26 A321neos and six Boeing 777-9s (from 35) "over the coming years".
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