Europe’s Airbus has announced plans to scrap production of the world’s largest airliner, abandoning its A380 superjumbo program in favor of smaller, more nimble jets.
The decision comes after Emirates — the largest A380 customer — decided to cut back its orders of the iconic aircraft and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models instead.
“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,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a statement.
The very first commercial A380 journey flew under a Singapore Airlines banner in 2007
According to reports, the last A380 will be delivered in 2021.