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Australian flag-carrier Qantas has formally canceled the eight remaining Airbus A380s it has on order with the European manufacturer. Executives at the airline do remain committed the 12 airframes already in the fleet for the foreseeable future. Additionally, Qantas will continue with its scheduled mid-year cabin refurbishments of the type. 

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News of the cancellation is yet another blow to the A380 program and Airbus. With additional Boeing 787-9s scheduled for delivery to replace the aging Boeing 747 fleet, Qantas is now set to select a new aircraft type for its future ultra-long-haul initiative known as 'Project Sunrise.' 

The yet to be selected type will be used on new routes from the east coast of Australia to both London and New York which is planned to commence in 2022-23.


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I know that we've been seeing "will the A380 be dead soon" speculation for years. And apparently Alan Joyce's desire to cancel these orders has been known for some time. But with even Emirates unwilling to place any more massive A380 orders, things really aren't looking good this time.

ON a side note looking forward to Project Sunrise.

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I now question whether the A380 should have been built in the first place. I love the A380 and admire Airbus. Having said that, I think national and European pride got in the way here. 

Boeing wasn't exactly beating off potential 747 customers in terms of orders, so what made Airbus think an even larger jumbo would do any better? Further, I think Airbus executives at the time knew the A380 would have a limited life.

I predict the A380 line will be canceled in 2 to 5 years. Perhaps a little longer if EK and ANA take delivery of all outstanding orders. ANA likely will, but I foresee even tougher times ahead for Emirates.

With the advent of even more ULH routes, twins will be more in need than the A380. People will begin to bypass the mega-hub in the sand in favor of nonstop service to their final destination.

I also predict that the venerable 747 will be in service years after the A380 has been put out to pasture. 

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It just shows that the Queen of the Skies is still the Queen of the Skies. 50 years for an airframe is outstanding just a shame the 8I was not picked up by previous 747 airlines.
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It just shows that the Queen of the Skies is still the Queen of the Skies. 50 years for an airframe is outstanding just a shame the 8I was not picked up by previous 747 airlines.



I agree with you regarding the 8i. It is as beautiful as the old -100 and -200 — such a classy lady.

I have to wonder if Boeing waited too long to introduce the 8i. Had they done so sooner would things be any different? 

The end result would likely be the same; twins are in. Who knows.



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Yes sadly ALL pax 4 holers  will slowly disappear. a sign of the times/technology moving onward.
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