TOULOUSE, France: Loved by passengers, feared by accountants, the world's largest airliner has run out of runway after Airbus decided to close A380 production after 12 years in service due to weak sales.The decision to halt production of the A380 superjumbo is the final act in one of Europe's greatest industrial adventures and reflects a dearth of orders by airline bosses unwilling to back Airbus's vision of huge jets to combat airport congestion.Air traffic is growing at a near-record pace but this has mainly generated demand for twin-engined jets nimble enough to fly directly to where people want to travel, rather than bulky four-engined jets forcing passengers to change at hub airports.And while loyal supporters like top customer Emirates say the popular 544-seat jet makes money when full, each unsold seat potentially burns a hole in airline finances because of the fuel needed to keep the huge double-decker structure aloft."It's an aircraft that frightens airline CFOs; the risk of … [Read more...] about Airbus A380: from European dream to white elephant
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The Airbus A380 superjumbo is the largest commercial airliner in history. The A380 was once thought to have the potential to revolutionize air travel. Instead, the 331 Airbus superjumbos sold now play more of a niche role for flights operating in high congestion areas. The A380 first flew in 2005 and entered service in 2007. A while back, we had the chance to take a tour of one Etihad‘s A380s. The Airbus A380 is one of the most impressive and yet controversial airplanes in aviation history. As the largest airliner in history, the A380 is undoubtedly a technological wonder. When the European planemaker dreamed up the A380 three decades ago, it was for an aircraft that would revolutionize air travel with grand visions of unprecedented luxury for passengers and earnings power for airlines. Things haven’t worked out quite as well as Airbus had hoped. Instead of becoming the workhorse of airlines around the world, the A380 has become … [Read more...] about The $446 million Airbus A380 is the largest and most expensive airliner in the world. Take a look inside.
caption A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jumbo jet. source Lufthansa The Boeing 747 jumbo jet’s days as a passenger plane are numbered. In fact, Boeing admits that the future of the 747 is as a cargo plane. Over the past few years, many 747 operates have either retired or made plans to retire their jumbo jet fleets. Airlines have elected to go with smaller aircrafts from Airbus and Boeing. The jumbo jet’s days as a passenger plane are numbered. The Boeing 747, once the go-to passenger jet for airlines around the world, is destined to live out its days as a cargo jet. “The future of the 747 is in the cargo business,” Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth told Business Insider at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. According to Boeing, of 42,730 passenger jets customers are expected to order over the 20 years, only 60 will be aircraft similar in size to the jumbo jet. That works out to three Boeing … [Read more...] about Airlines are using these 5 planes to replace the Boeing 747 jumbo jet
A funny thing happened to an older generation of Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jets on their way to dusty oblivion in desert parking lots. Instead of being scrapped, the humpbacked planes are back in demand as workhorses of global shipping. Booming trade is stoking the need for big, long-range jets to haul time-sensitive goods, from Apple Inc. iPhones made in China to fresh flowers grown in Latin America. Interest in Boeing’s 747-400 freighter family was already rebounding last year, even as Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. hosted nostalgic farewell tours to mark the end of US passenger service on the four-engine behemoth nicknamed the “Queen of the Skies.” With Boeing’s factory-fresh models sold out through 2021, cargo carriers are snapping up jumbo freighters that were built from 1993 to 2009 — if they can find them. “It’s tightened up, that’s for sure,” said William Flynn, … [Read more...] about Boeing 747s, given up for dead, find new life in air-cargo surge
caption A Qantas Boeing 747-400. source REUTERS/Daniel Munoz Qantas announced that it will retire the remaining six Boeing 747 jumbo jets in its fleet by 2020. The planes will be replaced by six additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. This marks the end of Boeing 747 service with Qantas, which began in 1971. The 747 will continue to make passenger flights with other international airlines. Boeing has sold more than 1,500 747s but has struggled to find new customers for the plane. On Wednesday, Qantas announced that it will retire the remaining six Boeing 747s in its fleet by 2020. The announcement comes at the at the same time the Australian airline confirmed the purchase of six additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Boeing 747 has been a hallmark of Qantas’ international fleet since 1971. “This really is the end of one era and the start of … [Read more...] about One of the Boeing 747’s most loyal customers is sending the jumbo jet to retirement