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Covid Digs Deeper Hole for Airbus A380

May 26, 2020 / Gregory Polek

Airbus plans to wrap up production of the A380 "by 2021," heralding the beginning of the end of a sort for the superjumbo. The increasingly undesirable economics of the big quadjet, which entered service for the first time with Singapore Airlines in October 2007, had already begun to force it out of favor with its biggest operators, most notably the carrier that flies roughly half the world fleet Dubai’s Emirates. Airbus announced its plans to cease production by 2021 after Emirates dropped orders for 39 of the airplanes and effectively replaced them with 40 A330-900s and 30 A350-900s. Now, as the Covid-19 crisis effectively cut international flying by 95 percent within a matter of a couple of months, most of the world’s biggest commercial aircraft sit grounded.