Airbus may phase out the production of A380 superjumbo, if its’ deal with Emirates does not go in the right direction, reported Reuters.
“If there is no Emirates deal, Airbus will start the process of ending A380 production,” said the report quoting a person who briefed on the plans. A supplier added that such a move was logical due to weak demand.
Airbus was upstaged at the recent Dubai Airshow when instead of an expected announcement that Emirates would order 36 of Airbus’ superjumbos, it disclosed an order with Boeing for 40 787s at a list price of USD15 billion.
A Reuters report stated that the talks have been resumed, however, there was no clarity. No official statements were released by Airbus or Emirates.
Any shutdown is expected to be gradual, allowing Airbus to produce orders it has in hand, mainly from Emirates.It has enough orders to last until early next decade at current production rates, according to a Reuters analysis.