Airbus announced today that its A380 superjumbo is out of production, with the last of the deliveries occurring in 2021, after its main customer, Emirates, agreed to drop an order for 39 of the planes. The company will build 17 more A380s until the production line closes; 14 for Emirates and three for All Nippon Airways, taking the total number of expected deliveries of the aircraft type to 251. The $445 million price tag of each aircraft was not enough to cover the production cost, so with Airbus losing money on each A380 and orders evaporating, it made economic sense to shut down production. Read more for a Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite tour and additional information.
“The aircraft that may have had the most to do with the A380’s demise is Boeing’s 787. It’s an extremely fuel-efficient and flexible aircraft that’s also beloved by passengers thanks to the quiet operation, high pressurization and gadgets like push-button window tinting and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. It can go exactly the same distance as the A380 (14,800 km), while getting the equivalent of 102 mpg per seat, compared to 72 mpg per seat for the A380,” reports Engadget.