LONDON (CBS NEWSPATH) – European aviation giant Airbus says it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 after struggling to sell the world’s biggest passenger jet.
Airbus said in a statement Thursday that Emirates is cutting back its orders for the plane and as a result “we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production.”
The decision is benefit for rival Boeing and a blow for Airbus.
Airbus had planned for the A380 to crush out Boeing’s 747 and revolutionize air travel as more people take to the skies.
Instead, the airlines have been cautious about committing to the costly plane.
The airplane was so large that airports had to build new runways and modify terminals to accommodate it.
The double-decker planes started flying in 2008 and seat more than 500 passengers