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Airbus to end A380 production in 2021

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:13 pm    Post subject: Airbus to end A380 production in 2021 Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/75453-airbus-to-end-a380-production-in-2021-emirates-cuts-order

Airbus to end A380 production in 2021, Emirates cuts order

14.02.2019

Airbus has announced it will end the production of A380-800s in 2021 as the programme's last remaining customer, Emirates), has reduced its order by thirty-nine units.

The Emirati carrier reduced its order for A380s from 162 to 123 units and will take the delivery of the remaining fourteen aircraft over the next two years.

"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 CEO Tom Enders.

Besides the fourteen outstanding units for Emirates, Airbus is also nearing the delivery of three A380s for ANA - All Nippon Airways. The manufacturer's order book also includes twenty units for Amedeo, although it is not certain if the lessor will take the aircraft.

Simultaneously with the cut in its A380 order, Emirates signed a commitment for forty A330-900s and thirty A350-900s. Currently, the carrier does not operate any other Airbus type other than the A380 and has no outstanding orders with the manufacturer for A330s or A350s.

Airbus said it will shortly start talks with 3,000-3,500 staff members whose positions are related to the A380 programme.

"The ongoing A320 ramp-up and the new widebody order from Emirates Airline will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities," the European manufacturer said in a statement.

The termination of the A380 programme will effectively mean the end of passenger quadjet production as Boeing has no outstanding orders for its B747-8.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting! is the decline in sales of A380 due to reduced demand for such large aircraft or something else? Does this mean reversal of fortune for B747-8 or is it that B777-8/9 are just too good to ignore. I believe Emirates has B777-8/9 on order.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
interesting! is the decline in sales of A380 due to reduced demand for such large aircraft or something else? Does this mean reversal of fortune for B747-8 or is it that B777-8/9 are just too good to ignore. I believe Emirates has B777-8/9 on order.

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The 748 in the pax variant has been dead for years.

777-8/9, the A350 and 787 variants will take up the slack where the A380 and 747s left off. More frequencies between hubs, and more point to point services bypassing hubs. I suspect Boeing may even launch a 777-10 that's stretched to 265 feet to create a niche AC for some markets.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this narrows down Airbus's line of wide-body offering to A350 variants and A330neo. Maybe nothing more is needed. Wondering how A350-1000 compares to B777-8/9s.

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