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The End of An Era: Airbus to Kill Production of A380 After 12 Years in Service

World | Reuters | February 17, 2019, 8:04 am
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 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. <br /> <br />An Airbus A380 takes part in a flying display at the 47th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris. (Image: Reuters)

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.

An Airbus A380 takes part in a flying display at the 47th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris. (Image: Reuters)

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 People watch an Airbus A380 passenger plane take off for a presentation flight at the ILA International Air Show in Schoenefeld south of Berlin. (Image: Reuters)

People watch an Airbus A380 passenger plane take off for a presentation flight at the ILA International Air Show in Schoenefeld south of Berlin. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Singapore Airlines air stewardess poses for photos during a tour of the newly launched business class cabin on their A380 aircraft at Changi Airport in Singapore. (Image: Reuters)

A Singapore Airlines air stewardess poses for photos during a tour of the newly launched business class cabin on their A380 aircraft at Changi Airport in Singapore. (Image: Reuters)

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 A new Airbus A380 airliner leaves the paintshop hangar at the Airbus facility in Finkenwerder near Hamburg. (Image: Reuters)

A new Airbus A380 airliner leaves the paintshop hangar at the Airbus facility in Finkenwerder near Hamburg. (Image: Reuters)

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 A bussines class seat of an Airbus A380 is pictured during a delivery ceremony of Emirates' 100th Airbus A380 at the German headquarter of aircraft company Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. (Image: Reuters)

A bussines class seat of an Airbus A380 is pictured during a delivery ceremony of Emirates' 100th Airbus A380 at the German headquarter of aircraft company Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. (Image: Reuters)

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 An Airbus A380 aircraft is stored at the base of French recycling and storage aerospace company Tarmac Aerosave in Azereix near Tarbes, France. (Image: Reuters)

An Airbus A380 aircraft is stored at the base of French recycling and storage aerospace company Tarmac Aerosave in Azereix near Tarbes, France. (Image: Reuters)

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 An onboard bar of an Airbus A380 is pictured during a delivery ceremony of Emirates' 100th Airbus A380 at the German headquarter of aircraft company Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. (Image: Reuters)

An onboard bar of an Airbus A380 is pictured during a delivery ceremony of Emirates' 100th Airbus A380 at the German headquarter of aircraft company Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. (Image: Reuters)

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 General view shows an Airbus A380 at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France. (Image: Reuters)

General view shows an Airbus A380 at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France. (Image: Reuters)

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 A world traveller cabin is seen in the British Airways Airbus A380 at Heathrow airport in London. (Image: Reuters)

A world traveller cabin is seen in the British Airways Airbus A380 at Heathrow airport in London. (Image: Reuters)

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 An Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, generates vortex during a flying display at the 51st Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris. (Image: Reuters)

An Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, generates vortex during a flying display at the 51st Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris. (Image: Reuters)

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 A view of the newly-launched suites cabin of a Singapore Airlines' A380 at Changi Airport in Singapore. (Image: Reuters)

A view of the newly-launched suites cabin of a Singapore Airlines' A380 at Changi Airport in Singapore. (Image: Reuters)

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 An Airbus A380 plane takes off during a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. (Image: Reuters)

An Airbus A380 plane takes off during a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. (Image: Reuters)

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 The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, is seen on the tarmac after it landed at Heathrow airport near London. (Image: Reuters)

The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, is seen on the tarmac after it landed at Heathrow airport near London. (Image: Reuters)

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 General view shows an Airbus A380 at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France. (Image: Reuters)

General view shows an Airbus A380 at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-800 passes over homes in Waye Avenue as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport, London. (Image: Reuters)

A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-800 passes over homes in Waye Avenue as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport, London. (Image: Reuters)

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