Emirates has declared to reduce its A380 orderbook to 123 aircraft, which was 162. It decided to follow a review of its operations and taking its developments in engine and aircraft technologies into consideration. Emirates has confirmed that, it will take delivery of 15 A380s in the coming next two years. With the deficiency of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus is expected to cease deliveries of the A380 by the 2021.
Emirates has come upon the conclusion to continue growing hand-in-hands with Airbus’ flexible widebody and newest generation aircraft, ordering 30 A350-900 and 40 A330-900 aircraft.
“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021,” asserted Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. “The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results”.
“The A380 is not only an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement. Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide. But, keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators,” Tom Enders added.
“The A380 is Emirates’ flagship and has contributed to the airline’s success for more than ten years. As much as we regret the airline’s position, selecting the A330neo and A350 for its future growth is a great endorsement of our very competitive widebody aircraft family,” stated Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO.
“Going forward, we are fully committed to deliver on the longstanding confidence Emirates is placing in Airbus.”
In the upcoming days, Airbus is anticipated to start its discussions with its social partners, related to 3,000 to 3,500 positions which are likely to get impacted during the upcoming three years. However, new widebody order and A320 ramp-up from Emirates Airline will be counted as notable internal mobility opportunities.