Airbus has had a problem on its hands for quite a few years with the super jumbo A380 project. From where to find more customers to keep the assembly line open?
Now, according to the Reuters, Airbus has finally come to a conclusion that unless it wins an order from Emirates it will start winding down the production of the aircraft. Even if Airbus decides to keep the line open, it will only make perhaps six A380’s a year.
You can access the Reuters piece here of which below is an excerpt:
As of the end of November, Airbus had won orders for 317 A380s and delivered 221, leaving 96 unfilled orders.
But based on airlines’ intentions or finances, 47 of those are unlikely to be delivered, according to industry sources, which halves the number of jets in play.
Airbus needs to sell at least another 30 to keep lines open for 10 years and possibly more to justify the price concessions likely to be demanded by any new buyers.
Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier confirmed this month Airbus was looking at cutting output to 6-7 a year.
If Airbus does decide to wind down production, some believe Emirates will ask Airbus to deliver the remaining 41 it has on order and then keep most A380s in service as long as possible.
Let’s hope that the Emirates order will eventually come through that would help to keep the assembly line open for A380. It really would be a sad to see this model discontinued.
I guess that one could say that the Emirates is the only airline that has fully embrace the A380 having ordered more than 100 of them. Quite few airlines have handful of them on their fleets but overall insignificant number compared to other aircraft types they operate.