The European aircraft manufacturer said on Thursday that it would discontinue the supply of A380 aircraft in 2021 after its key customer, Dubai-based airline Emirates, cut its orders for the giant jet plane.
The A380, the world's largest airliner, was in the air for the first time 14 years ago. Airbus' big bet that airlines need many extra-large aircraft to fly passengers between the major hubs of an airport did not go as expected.
So far, the company has delivered 234 of the superjumbo, less than a quarter of the 1,200 it would likely sell when it launched the biplane. His plans were undermined by airlines, which shifted their interest in lighter, more economical aircraft Passenger jets that have reduced the need for carriage of passengers between the big hubs.
"Today's announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide," Enders said. "But keep in mind that the A380 will be taking to the sky for many more years, and of course Airbus will continue to fully support the A380 operators."
Both companies emphasized that the superjumbo is still very popular with passengers.