Airbus Plans to Scale Back A380 Production in 2017

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More bad news for the largest jetliner in the world, as Airbus announces its plans to cutting the production of its double-decker jumbo jet the A380, again.

Here are more details from The Seattle Times:

“Handovers of six A380s that were originally planned for 2017 and another six for 2018 will be shifted to a year later following a subsequent agreement with Emirates and Airbus, the planemaker said, adding it still plans to deliver about 12 A380s per year as of 2018.”

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There are worries throughout the industry that airlines aren’t looking to purchase massive double-decker jumbo jets anymore. Fuel costs have been declining sharply, especially with the new normal of $50-$60 a barrel oil prices, compared to roughly $100 a barrel about 6-7 years ago.

The A380 news comes just a few weeks after Iran withdrew plans to purchase multiple A380 jetliners. The nation is looking to replace its aging aircraft, now that many sanctions have been lifted, enabling it to conduct more business with the west.

That said, the news isn’t all doom and gloom for Airbus. The company’s A350, a carbon-fiber jetliner that is supposed to compete with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, has received 810 orders. In late December, Lufthansa took delivery of its first A350.

In other good news for Airbus, Delta Air Lines backed out of its order of 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which means Airbus can expect some more orders from Delta.

What are your thoughts on the A380? Feel free to share below!

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