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Airbus is ending the A380 program, pulling the plug on its iconic superjumbo jet that once promised to revolutionize commercial air travel but failed to deliver on outsized expectations.

The European plane maker said Thursday that it will stop delivering A380s in 2021 after Dubai-based airline Emirates slashed its orders for the huge jetliner.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/business/a380-airbus-news-emirates/index.html

We can use this thread for your favourite memories of the A380.

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What does this mean exactly? Is this supposed to be some aircraft that was supposed to be released in the future? 

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16 minutes ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

What does this mean exactly? Is this supposed to be some aircraft that was supposed to be released in the future? 

No, the company's been selling them for years, now. They're like the 'jumbo jet' or air travel. But they seem to not have been very cost effective or profitable for airlines so the company will stop making them.

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2 hours ago, starlight said:

Yes, I am sure some years from now we'll hear about how some entrepreneurs made good money, buying these up secondhand and using them in clever ways.

For example, everyone talks about their being used for hub/spoke services that passengers don't like and they prefer point-to-point, which the smaller aircraft are better for.

But the A380 is used on the SIngapore/Hong Kong route which is basically a bus service and I am sure there are many other routes where you have very large numbers of people wanting to travel and limited airport capacity.

Not surprised that BA would go for secondhand. Thukkay planes for a thukki airline.

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A great plane, just seems the numbers of passengers were found short and the hub and spoke has not really worked as well outside the US. 

Also one of the objectives was economies of scale and savings on the whole for airlines and passengers just looks like it has not been actually translated.

BTW Islamabad is probably going to be a hub for the CIS or that was the thought like Gwadar. 

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