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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 11:07 AM

Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal: sources

Source: Reuters

#BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 27, 2017 / 8:35 AM / UPDATED 7 MINUTES AGO

Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal: sources

Tim Hepher
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PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is drawing up contingency plans to phase out production of the world’s largest jetliner, the A380 superjumbo, if it fails to win a key order from Dubai’s Emirates, three people familiar with the matter said.

The moment of truth for the slow-selling airliner looms after just 10 years in service and leaves one of Europe’s most visible international symbols hanging by a thread, despite a major airline investment in new cabins unveiled this month.

“If there is no Emirates deal, Airbus will start the process of ending A380 production,” a person briefed on the plans said. A supplier added such a move was logical due to weak demand.

Airbus and Emirates declined to comment. Airbus also declined to say how many people work on the project.

Any shutdown is expected to be gradual, allowing Airbus to produce orders it has in hand, mainly from Emirates.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Dec 27, 2017, 11:54 AM

1. 100% chance

....that the Idiot in Chief will take credit for "making America great again" if Airbus stops making the A380, and how he has personally helped Boeing etc. etc.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 05:21 PM

2. that would be a shame - we took an A380 to Paris couple months ago - very comfortable flight

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2018, 02:34 PM

3. oh too bad. I love the A380

Flew Emirates a few years ago, and that was the most luxurious flight I've ever taken in my life.

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Response to mainer (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 08:35 AM

5. yep - Emirates does a great job - took a flight through Dubai - absolutely great service

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Apr 5, 2018, 04:05 PM

4. I was reading on another site..

....that if a bargain airlines like Ryan or Spirit bought some used they could get about 800 seats on it....d'oh!
Can you imagine that boarding call?

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