A380 to Cease Production

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Airbus will stop production of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380, in 2021. The decision follows the Dubai-based airline Emirates – the largest operator of this iconic aircraft – cutting down its order book for the A380 by 39 aircraft from 162 to 123. “As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021.” According to the Airbus spokesperson, 234 A380 ‘Superjumbos’ have been delivered so far. These are being flown by 14 airlines across the world. Airbus CEO Tom Enders termed the decision “painful” while reassuring operators of Airbus’ full support to A-380 fleet through its life cycle.