French and German lines will close following completion of a much reduced order book and the production line closure of the freighter version which had orders for some 15 units. Those customers are now taking a freight version of smaller Airbus aircraft.
In the early years the A380 was profitable and many orders and options outstanding but then passengers decided the no longer wanted a 'hub and spoke' style of air travel -where you transfer to a smaller aircraft to complete your journey. However there are hundreds of A380s currently flying worldwide and some still being built for operators such as British Airways.
Generally Airbus is profitable. Figures announced this morning show a surplus of 580billion euros and an outstanding backlog of over 7,500 Aircraft. The latest development will again not be good news for airbus in Wales where A 380 wings are assembled.
Passengers now prefer point to point, their journey effectively delivered in one hop from departure airport to your intended destination, with no interchanges or hanging around in transit lounges.
There have also been well publicised diagreements and issues over engine types. Rolls Royce engineering coming in for some of the industry gossip causing industry analysts to mark down the future profitability of the A380-800 and in turn making customers look again at their forward order book.
Some deciding that small twin engine aircraft are the way forward, but no one can take away the stunning technological achievement of this aircraft, however it is simply decades ahead of it time. Wr clearly are not ready for it. So those airlines that have embraced the A380 may just have the last laugh.