In an era of empty flights, Air France didn’t see the Toulouse, France built jumbo jet ever making a profitable return.
The A380 will go down as one of Airbus’ greatest failures. The plane with grand hopes of connecting the world was too big to succeed.
Just last January I was in Toulouse and Airbus executives I spoke with there expressed optimism that they would land a deal with Emirates to keep the A380 in production for years to come, until the world was ready for jumbos again.
But a month later the deal would fall apart and Airbus announced they would stop producing the plane after finishing their current order book. I wrote my goodbyes and thanks for the memories here.
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The A380 couldn’t find its place anywhere besides Dubai in a world before coronavirus, and it certainly won’t find it afterward.
What are your favorite A380 memories?