We have come to the end of an era in commercial aircraft production.
The last of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft ever, was delivered to Emirates on 16 December 2021. Emirates’ 123rd and Airbus‘s 251st A380 departed for its new home with a ceremony held at the facilities in Hamburg. Thus, only fourteen years after it made its first scheduled passenger flight, the production of the A380 came to an end. It was really dramatic that the production of this huge legend aircraft, whose R&D studies started in the 1990s, ended in such a short time.
No American carrier has ordered the A380 model. In addition, many companies that grew very fast during the development of the aircraft stayed away from this model and did not order the A380. For these reasons, the A380 was never able to reach a sufficient number of orders. In total, only fourteen airlines added these legendary planes to their fleets.
Airbus A380 Order and Delivery Numbers:
What further upset Airbus’ calculations was the imbalance in orders. A single company is responsible for 123 of the 251 A380s delivered, almost half of them; Emirates bought it. Production was highly dependent on a single company. Finally, the end of the road has been reached.
But even though production is over, these aircraft will continue to serve in the Emirates fleet for a long time, at least.