European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced that they will cease production of their A380 – the world’s largest passenger jet. Parts for the plane are made across Europe, with the wings manufactured in the UK.
Rather than shut down production, the UK is expected to actually increase spending on manufacturing the wings, which are specific to the Airbus A380 and will almost certainly be of next-to-no value to anyone else in Europe.
This plan will be put into action immediately without first checking whether anyone actually wants to make a deal with us – as is the British way.
Airbus says the last A380 will be delivered in 2021.
The luggage that was meant to be onboard is expected a couple of years after that.
It is no longer financially viable for Airbus to produce A380s, as Emirates airline has significantly reduced its order.
However, there are dozens of half-finished A380s dotted around Europe. Airbus says these superjumbos will be flogged off super cheap – sold as seen.
Some are missing ‘a couple of the less important fins’, while others have only half a fuselage.
The latter model boasts stunning visibility, incredible air-conditioning, and easy access to cloud. No. Not ‘The Cloud’. Just cloud.
The A380 has been in production for 12 years, and was hailed as a technological marvel that provided passengers with unparalleled space and comfort.
Despite the brand’s legacy, an aerospace sales expert says he doesn’t imagine these unfinished A380s will fly off the shelves. “Let’s face it, they’re unlikely to fly at all”.
However, the not-so-super jumbos are already proving popular with buyers – Malaysia Airlines has snapped up several that are only missing everything, while Easyjet has further reduced the cost of seats by opting for a plane without them.