TOULOUSE, France – The European aviation giant, Airbus, announced Thursday that it will stop manufacturing its super-A380 in 2021, for lack of customers.
Just ten years after the start of passenger transport by plane of more than 500 passengers, Airbus said in a statement that its key customer, Emirates, was reducing its orders for this aircraft. Thus, "we have no significant backlog to maintain production. "
The decision could hurt 3,500 jobs, Airbus said. The company will release its 2018 annual results later on Thursday and said the decision is expected to impact results.
This decision is a boon to his rival Boeing and a blow to Airbus. The European aircraft manufacturer had hoped the A380 would eliminate Boeing's 747 and revolutionize air transport as more and more people took off.
Instead, the airlines have been cautious about this expensive aircraft, so imposing that airports have had to build new runways and change terminals to adapt to them. The two-story aircraft began flying in 2008 and welcomed more than 500 passengers.
From the beginning, the A380 had experienced problems, including tensions between Airbus' French and German management, prolonged production delays and cost overruns. These motivated a restructuring of the company that cost thousands of jobs.
Industry experts initially expected the A380 to survive a long time at 747, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
When it began shipping passengers in 2008, the A380 was praised for its livability, large windows, high ceilings and quieter engines. Some carriers install showers, lounges, duty-free shops, bars on both bridges.