Airbus to stop making the A380 after 2021

Jan 1, 2009
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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47231504

The decision comes after Emirates, the largest customer of the A380, reduced its order.
The costly aircraft has struggled to compete with more efficient, smaller models.
Well I guess the super jumbos are dying out
Sad really. I did manage to fly in a 380 it was only peasant class but it was a nice experience
 
Jan 12, 2008
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Tragic. Best plane I ever flown with. So quiet and comfortable.

I hope it makes a comeback if they can shed weight with new materials and engine power technology makes a 2-engine version viable at some point in the future.

I think a major issue also was that airports have to build new boarding gates, taxiways, parking spaces, re-inforce landing strips due to the weight etc for it. Too few airports are available to handle the plane.

At some point though, I don't see how we won't see huge planes like it again. The airspace is already really congested globally. And travel is growing with the economic rise of China, India etc.
 
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Beautiful plane. It's a shame to see it not being made anymore, but each A380 costs almost $500 million each to produce on average. With a price tag like that, it makes the $150 million cost per unit of the F-22 seem like a bargain...so it's not entirely surprising that the 380 production run is ending.

The big fat double decker fecker has a kickass ultimate top speed of 737 freedom units per hour/ 1186 silly billy non freedom units per hour/ mach .96. That's almost a full mach! Sweet!

Its tech specs are rather impressive for a plane its size.

Fuel capacity - 253,983 kg / 559,937 lbs / 85,472 US gal / 323,546 litres/ about 10 Roseannes.

Range - 14,800 km / 8,000 nmi

Service Ceiling - 13,100 m (43,000 ft)

Max. payload - 84 t (185,000 lb)

Operating Empty Weight - 277 t (611,000 lb)

Maximum Operating Take Off Weight - 575 t (1,268,000 lb)

Length 72.72 m (238 ft 7 in)
Wingspan 79.75 m (261 ft 8 in)
Height 24.09 m (79 ft 0 in)

Max persons capacity - 853 people.

I'm sorry about the bad distance jokes and the Roseanne fat joke. I did my best to keep the amount of bad jokes to a minimum.