The crisis due to the coronavirus risk of giving the coup de grace to the Airbus A380, not to be quite profitable for the airlines in a weakened state.
It could be the end of the giant of the skies. The european company had already planned to stop next year the deliveries of the Airbus A380 to 251 devices ordered. But for most of the 14 customers, the biggest civil aircraft of the world may not find all the air, when the air traffic, which was destroyed by the pandemic, resume.
With their fleets currently nailed to the ground, the companies should see their revenues fall by 55% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the international air transport Association (Iata).
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The German company Lufthansa announced in early April that it would permanently reduce the size of its fleet, and had in particular to withdraw its six A380s.
Air France had planned to move forward to 2022 the retirement of its nine A380s.
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In launching the project of the A380, Airbus has bet on the development of "hubs" of large cities, served by an aircraft of very large capacity, but that requires accommodations and requires a fill rate as high as possible to ensure the profitability of the lines.