But a deal with its biggest customer could still happen
It has become increasingly obvious this year, but now the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus admits it will have to stop making its A380 ‘superjumbo’ if it gets no more orders.
It will have to halt the program if the A380’s main customer, Emirates, does not place another order, sales director John Leahy said.
“But I’m hopeful that we work out a deal with Emirates,” he added, while Emirates president Sir Tim Clark told the BBC, “We remain optimistic that a deal can be concluded.”
Emirates is probably the only airline in the world with the ability to accept a minimum of six planes a year over a period of eight to ten years, Airbus says.
The news comes as Airbus said it had received more aircraft orders during the year than Boeing – the fifth year in a row it has beaten its US rival.
It booked 1,109 aircraft orders and made a record 718 deliveries in 2017, compared to Boeing’s 912 orders received and 763 deliveries. Airbus deliveries could rise to 800 in 20018, thanks to demand for its medium-haul A320neo.
The A380 was first conceived in the early 1990s, with development work starting in 1993. It made its debut commercial flight in October 2007, with Singapore Airlines.