Super Jumbo’s not dead yet, insists Airbus, despite airlines turning to smaller planes for short-haul routes
Out of time: The Airbus A380 ‘Super Jumbo’ has struggled to win orders
Bosses at airplane maker Airbus insist the time is not up for their troubled super jumbo jet A380.
The world’s biggest passenger plane was launched into service in 2007 to much fanfare but has struggled to win orders as airlines turned to smaller planes for short-haul routes.
A £12billion order from Emirates for 36 planes earlier this year saved the programme from being scrapped, but production is nonetheless set to slow to just six planes per year in 2020.
Wings are made in Broughton, Wales, and Filton, near Bristol, helping sustain thousands of UK jobs.
Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, Airbus executive Guillaume Faury, president of the commercial aircraft division, said he thought the plane would soon be in demand again.
He said: ‘We were very happy to sign the contract with Emirates earlier this year which secures the A380 for far into the next decade.
‘We believe there will be a moment where the A380 will come again as a solution. So we have the opportunity to be there, to keep the product alive and give time for this market to change.’