WHY THE AIRBUS A380 HAS FAILED THE AIRLINES
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February 7, 2019 - by Andreas Spaeth for AirlineRatings
Perfect aircraft but too heavy is the verdict on the A380 superjumbo from outspoken Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker who is known to be one of the fiercest critics of underperforming aircraft.
The premature ending of the A380 program seems to be imminent with biggest customer Emirates in discussions with Airbus and engine maker Rolls Royce about a possible switch of its latest 20 firm A380 orders to A350s.
Overall he bows to the innovation of the program: "The A380 was a game changer, but maybe it came at the wrong time with the fuel prices skyrocketing after its introduction. As an aircraft, it is very well suited for routes that require high capacity."