Europe based jet manufacturer Airbus in a statement announced to deliver its last A-380 superjumbo jet in 2021. Airbus will produce 17 more of the planes including 14 for Emirates and 3 for Japanese airline ANA.
The reason to scrap the manufacturing of the world’s largest jumbo jet is the low demand and fewer sales. The Airbus produced its dream airliner A-380 to challenge the legendry 747 of Boeing. Its large size becomes a problem as very few airports in the world can handle such a super jumbo.
For instance, there is no airport in Pakistan that can handle the largest airliner in the world. The world’s largest airliner, with two decks of spacious cabins and room for 544 people in standard layout, but failed to take hold as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, more nimble jets.
Emirates falls in love with this super jumbo jet and bought the highest number of airliners. But Emirates decided to reduce its orders for the A-380. Emirates airline is operating the largest fleet of A-380 in the world. But now Emirates is seems less interested in A-380. It is looking for smaller A350 and A330 neo models.
This might resulted in the loss of estimated 3000 to 3500 jobs. The company will have to discuss this situation with union. As part of the restructuring, Emirates placed a new order for 40 A330-900neo jets and 30 A350-900 aircraft, partially restoring a purchase of A350 aircraft which it cancelled in 2014.
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. “While we are disappointed to have to give up our order, and sad that the programme could not be sustained, we accept that this is the reality of the situation,” he added.
Emirates will continue to operate the fleet of A380 super jumbos well into 2030s.
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17 November, 2019