Airbus is to wind up production of their famous A380 super jumbo, which is currently the largest passenger jet in the skies. The famous plane first took to the air back in 2007, and has become one of the most recognisable planes ever manufactured.
The last deliveries of the aircraft will take place in 2021. The aircraft, although popular, has been in stiff completion with smaller, more efficient jetliners.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 positions may be ‘impacted’ over the coming years. Major structural sections of the A380 are built in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Emirates also reduced a recent order, which is thought to have prompted the decision to stop production. The airline will receive 14 A380’s in the next few years.
Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said: “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.”
Nicknamed Superjumbo, the first A380, was delivered to Singapore Airlines in 2007 and entered service with flight between Singapore and Sydney