Europe’s leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced plans to stop the production of the world’s largest commercial passenger plane, the A380 superjumbo, by 2021.
With two decks of spacious cabins and room for 544 people in the standard layout, the superjumbo was designed to challenge Boeing’s legendary 747, but it failed to take hold due to weak sales as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, nimbler jets.
The company said in a statement on Thursday that Emirates, which had the A380 as the backbone of its fleet, is cutting back its orders for the plane as a result.
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