“The A380 is not only an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement,” stated Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer for Airbus. “Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide.” The announcement that Airbus would no longer produce A380s as of 2021 came after Emirates reduced its order from 162 to 123 aircraft, a decision that resulted from a review of the airlines operations and the development of new aircraft and engine technologies.
“The A380 is Emirates’ flagship and has contributed to the airline’s success for more than ten years,” explained Guillaume Faury, Airbus Commercial Aircraft President and next in line to be Airbus CEO. “As much as we regret the airline’s position, selecting the A330neo and A350 for its future growth is a great endorsement of our very competitive widebody aircraft family.”
The end of the A380 line could affect 3,000 to 3,500 positions over the next three years. Fortunately, ramping up of the A320 will provide some internal mobility. Airbus is working with its social partners to create more opportunities.
“Keep in mind,” stated Enders, that the “A380 will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators.”