‘Painful’ decision as Airbus calls time on A380 superjumbos

Airbus will end production of its A380 superjumbo passenger jet after its major customer slashed its orders.

The “painful” decision to stop making the world’s largest superjumbo in 2021 came after the aerospace group’s biggest A380 customer Emirates cut its outstanding order for 53 planes to only 14. Emirates will instead order 70 of the smaller A330 and A350 aircraft.

Airbus’s outgoing chief executive Tom Enders said the cancellation was “painful for us”.

“We have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years,” he said.

“What we’re seeing here is the end of the large, four-engine aircraft.”

More than 190 million passengers have flown in the A380 since the plane first launched in 2007.