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AS reported today>

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced today that it will halt production on its enormous A380 superjumbo passenger airliner.

The news was delivered by Airbus CEO Tom Enders at the company's headquarters in Toulouse, France. Enders cited a lack of orders as the key reason behind the cancellation of what is currently the world's largest airliner. Airbus expects the cancellation to potentially affect thousands of employees in the UK currently working on A380 production, though the company hopes to reassign as many of those employees as possible to other roles.

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The writing has been on the wall for the A380 for quite some time, and sales of the enormous jet never really reached the levels Airbus had hoped. The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, according to The Guardian's report, was an order reduction from Emirates, the A380's largest buyer.


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Beat me to it . . . [biggrin]

It looks lime Emirates have just placed a huge order for A350s and A330neos. The 747 reigns supreme, as it should. Long live the Queen!
 
I wonder how long it will be before A380 operators begin returning their airframes to their respective lessors? Or, if owned, offloading them altogether. 
 
I suspect further A350, 777, and 787 orders to be announced in the very near future. 

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In the end, the 747 has the last laugh.
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In the end, the 747 has the last laugh.


Indeed, as does Boeing. Imagine the resources Airbus wasted on the A380 that could have been better spent elsewhere. I don't know; perhaps an actual Concorde replacement would have been the wiser project than trying and failing to one-up the 747.

I think the A380 will be gone much quicker than most are predicting, with either BA or LH being the last to let go. 



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Think we all saw this coming eventually. sad, but that's evolution/progress  for you.
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Indeed, as does Boeing. Imagine the resources Airbus wasted on the A380 that could have been better spent elsewhere. I don't know; perhaps an actual Concorde replacement would have been the wiser project than trying and failing to one-up the 747.

I think the A380 will be gone much quicker than most are predicting, with either BA or LH being the last to let go. 




As much as I wish for a return to supersonic flight I have a hard time seeing keeping Concorde around longer or creating a supersonic replacement being any less of a waste of resources for Airbus than the A380 was. A better bet would probably have been responding to the trends that Boeing saw coming with the 787 and getting the A350 out earlier than they did.

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For the sake of the bottom line we miss these technological leaps and bound of greatness. The edifices of the skies depart to become aviation history and I'm unclear from where the inspiration comes next. I get the financials and efficiencies...I really do...but how can we dare to dream if we cant keep our eyes closed for long enough? [confused]

I'll climb off that philosophical soap box now...
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Well said. One thing is for sure; you cannot place a price tag on the next great leap in commercial aviation. Innovation does not come cheap.
 
I have been considering that the next leap in commercial aviation will likely be one of an alternative/replacement to our current reliance on avgas. 




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