Airbus closes its A380 program, stops deliveries in 2021 and ends an ambitious and expensive bid to challenge Boeing's 50-year-old dominance on the large passenger plane market.

The decision follows a revised agreement with primary client Emirates, which consists of reducing the order total from 162 to 123 aircraft, leaving only 14 to the Dubai-based airline.

"As a result, and given the lack of an order book with other airlines, Airbus will stop deliveries of the A380 in 2021," says the pilot.

Emirates will however replace the A380 orders with 70 twinjets, consisting of 40 A330-900 & # 39; s and 30 A350-900s.

Airbus's decision comes less than a year after John-Ford, the then sales manager, admitted that the A380 line could be closed if a deal with Emirates failed.

Singapore Airlines received the first A380 in 2007 and is one of the 12 operators that have already received the A380 & # 39; s for which they have placed orders.

But Singapore Airlines also emphasized the lack of interest in the type when it retired from some of its early A380s, which then struggled to find a buyer – eventually assigned to a partial sale.

The A380 had 313 total orders at the end of January this year, of which 234 had been delivered.

Emirates accounted for 162 of the total orders and received 109. It accounted for 53 of the 79 A380 & # 39; s still on Airbus's backlog.

Japanese courier All Nippon Airways had to take three of the other 26 excellent jets, the first of which was painted again.

But there is no sign that the remaining 23 aircraft – 20 of which are destined for the landlord Amedeo and three for the Air Accord unit – will probably be built.

Twelve other operators of the A380 have already received all the aircraft for which they have placed orders.