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Airbus to scrap A380 superjumbo production

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Airbus to scrap A380 superjumbo production

Airbus to scrap A380 superjumbo production

Europe’s Airbus is scrapping production of the A380 superjumbo, with lackluster sales forcing it to abandon a dream of dominating the skies with a 21st century cruise liner.

Grace Lee reports.

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Airbus to scrap A380 superjumbo production

Airbus is pulling the plug on its iconic A380, the world's largest airliner.

On Thursday (February 14), the company announced plans to scrap production for the superjumbo after years of lackluster sales.

When it took to the skies in 2005, the A380 was a major step in Airbus' efforts to compete with Boeing.

With a double decker cabin and room for over 500 people, it was designed to challenge Boeing's legendary 747.

But ultimately it failed to take off when instead, airlines backed a new generation of smaller - more nimble jets.

The big shakeup comes after Emirates, the A380's biggest customer, reduced its orders for the superjumbo recently.

Instead opting for the smaller A350s.

A slew of other airlines have been cancelling their orders too.

All this puts over 3,000 jobs at Airbus at risk.

The company says it will enter talks with unions in the coming weeks and still planes to make 17 more of the planes.

The last A380 will be delivered in 2021.




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