Covid 19 brought catastrophe to the aviation industry. With fleets grounded and passenger numbers in free-fall, the A380 is now too big and costly to fly.
With a price tag of $445 million, the A380 is one of the most expensive and lavish airplanes ever built. It hasn't been the game changer Airbus had hoped. Last month we saw the last A380 assembled rolled out of assembly line in Toulouse. Production will end with just 251 A380.
I’ve invited Airline Executives, A380 pilot, engineer and consultant to speak about their opinion on the future of the A380.
The A380 was already in sharp decline before covid. Smaller next-generation composite wide-bodies like the Boeing 787 and A350 offer airlines more flexibility and less risk. In just a few months, the fortune of A380 has changed drastically, now the A380 has became a plane that airline don’t want to talk about it. With all the uncertainty, most airline don’t even know if they will use the A380 in the future.
My prediction is more than half of the A380 will not return to service. Airlines are not short of planes at the moment, they will only use smaller and more efficient planes to ride out the storm. The coronavirus will write off most A380 from the airline balance sheets. A380 will always remembered as a great whisper giant, offer incredible comfort for all passengers but proves that it’s profit that really makes an airliner fly. The unforgiving coronavirus delivered the final blow to the A380.