10 Fun Facts About the Airbus A380
It's never been a commercial success, and Airbus decided this year to end production in 2021
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August 8, 2019 - by Alberto Riva for thepointsguy.com
Ah, the Airbus A380. We can talk all day about whether it's a beauty or an ungainly giant, but one fact is indisputable: It's the largest passenger aircraft ever made.
If you've ever flown on one, you'll know that if offers an incredibly smooth ride and lots of room; and if you've ever seen one take off, you'll know that it's an exceptionally quiet airplane. But the end is near for the plane sometimes known as the flying whale.
It's never been a commercial success, and Airbus decided this year to end production in 2021. Big twin-engine jets like the Boeing 777 and Airbus' own A350, which can carry almost as many passengers but with far lower costs, effectively killed the big four-engined beast. It's the same fate that hit the Boeing 747.
It's expected that about 250 Airbus A380s will have been made by the time production ends, assuming all current orders are filled...
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