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Bye bye A380?

#1 Post by Cacophonix » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:35 am

Airbus has announced it will end production of its flagship A380 superjumbo passenger jet, potentially putting UK jobs at risk.

The firm said it had made the “painful” decision after Emirates chose to slash its A380 orders by around a quarter.

Due to the reduction and a lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus said it would end deliveries of the record-breaking plane in 2021 – 14 years after it first entered commercial service.

Emirates is yet to take delivery of 14 of the aircraft, parts of which are made in the UK.

Airbus said it would “start discussions with its social partners in the next few weeks regarding the 3,000 to 3,500 positions potentially impacted over the next three years”.

The firm said an increase in production of its A320 model would offer “a significant number of internal mobility opportunities”.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... superjumbo

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#2 Post by Sisemen » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:39 am

Wrong aeroplane at the wrong time - but what a technological achievement!

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#3 Post by 1DC » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:32 pm

Will still be around for my life time and certainly my first choice when i travel, although the A350 and B789 run it close..

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#4 Post by reddo » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:30 pm

I've flown on it a few times. Emirates. First and Business class to Australia. My brother's flown Economy and said it's pretty good too.

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#5 Post by G-CPTN » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:39 pm

Boeing expected supersonic airliners - the development of which was announced in the early 1960s - to render the 747 and other subsonic airliners obsolete.
The 747 was expected to become obsolete after 400 were sold, but it exceeded critics' expectations with production surpassing 1,000 in 1993.
By July 2018, 1,546 aircraft had been built, with 22 of the 747-8 variants remaining on order.
A380 Number built 234 since 2003 as of 31 January 2019 - scheduled to end in 2021

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#6 Post by Ex-Ascot » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:45 am

We came back on one from Greece last year, EK business. Very nice. It was full. Whenever we have flown on the 777 it has been half empty. Apparently because everyone wants to fly on the 380. So why bin it? If it costs more to run than two 777s put up the ticket price for the 380.
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#7 Post by Capetonian » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:52 am

They will be around for many years to come, just ending production. I suspect there will be a few in the aircraft graveyards in Arizona before they reach the end of their flying life.
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#8 Post by G-CPTN » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:29 pm

I believe that two Singapore Airlines A380s were withdrawn in 2017 and are being parted out for spares.

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#9 Post by Rwy in Sight » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 pm

Don't forget they were the initial models thus heavier than the ones further down the line. So they had a lower value.

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#10 Post by flynverted » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:38 am

Gimme a T7 or a Dreamburner over the a380 any day. Never flown one, never care to.
Basically, they are all flying metal tubes designed to take pax from point a to point b.
I just prefer strapping my ass into something Mr. Boeing built.

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#11 Post by Slasher » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:52 am

flynverted wrote:
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I just prefer strapping my ass into something Mr. Boeing built.
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#12 Post by ExSp33db1rd » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:15 am

I just prefer strapping my ass into something Mr. Boeing built.
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#13 Post by Cacophonix » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:30 am

Wrong aircraft at the wrong time sadly. A Saffer acquaintance of my flies the A380 for Emirates. He is an ex Boeing guy (ex SAA) and he loves the A380. Ultimately he will be one of the relatively exclusive band that flew them. Watching the aircraft flying at Farnborough, light, low at high alpha was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.





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#14 Post by Pontius Navigator » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:55 am

I don't suppose it will happen, but like Concorde, it is an aircraft I would like to fly in. I have at least been in 3 Concordes and a Concordski.

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#15 Post by Capetonian » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:34 am

It's a fine piece of kit by most criteria except financially. I wonder if Michael O'Leary will be wondering if he could his hands on a few and make money out of them.

Haven't been on one yet, none of the airlines I fly on use to them to anywhere I'm likely to want to go. Maybe CPT if the runway extension ever gets completed to allow the 380 in.
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#16 Post by Sisemen » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:46 am

I’m a 380 fan and have travelled on them on a number of occasions PER-MAN and vice versa. The only complaint is that in biz you’re pushed to get a seat not over the wing and the curvature of the upper fuselage doesn’t permit a straight look down.

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#17 Post by ian16th » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:09 pm

I thought the A-380 fans were RR Trent's?
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#18 Post by Cacophonix » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:34 pm

ian16th wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:09 pm
I thought the A-380 fans were RR Trent's?

And the wings are made in the UK too. Not good for our economy at all that this beautiful aircraft didn't sell better. Where are the barges at Morstyn docks going to go now?

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