The European aircraft manufacturer said Thursday that it will no longer deliver A380s in 2021 after the Dubai-based airline Emirates shortened its orders for the huge jetliner.
The A380, the world's largest passenger plane, went up for the first time 14 years ago. But Airbus' gigantic guess that airlines would need a lot of extra-large planes to fly passengers between major airport nodes did not yield as the company had hoped.
The company has delivered 234 superjumbos so far, less than a quarter of the 1200 that predicted it would sell when it first introduced the double-decker plane. The plans were undermined by airlines that shifted their interest to lighter and more fuel-efficient fuel passenger jets that have reduced the need to transport passengers between the major hubs.
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