Airbus slashes A380 superjumbo production
The worst bits are -
The A380 build rate will be reduced to eight jets a year in 2019, down from 15 this year and 28 in 2016, Airbus said Wednesday.
The A380 was already due to see production cut to one aircraft a month from next May, and the reductions mean that it is no longer breaking even on a per-plane basis. The company has long since given up on recouping the program’s €25 billion in development costs.
Even if you don't like the aircraft, this isn't good news for anyone.
I’m presuming Sprucegoose is talking about these guys?Really? Source? Are they all freighters?
I’m presuming Sprucegoose is talking about these guys?
I personally think it’s pie in the sky stuff
Interesting article I just read...
Airbus supersalesman John Leahy has broken his silence to speak out about the failure of the A380 superjumbo that passengers love. In a two-part series, Mr. Leahy speaks exclusively to Airlineratings.com John Leahy, in retirement since early 2018, is an aviation legend and seen as the ultimate...www.airlineratings.com
Which afaik was at least partially down to the oversized wing which was reportedly designed for a 380-900 sized aircraft, which Leahy also mentions.
But engines were definitely an issue.
I wonder with hindsight whether the aircraft could have been designed around existing engines - say four A330 engines to reduce this cost of development, with perhaps a simpler path to shifting to a neo engine.