The Airbus A380 is a marvel of technology. But no new A380 orders were taken in 2015 and the present arrangement book stands at 317 units, with the cost break-even point for Airbus now thought to be standing in as high as 420 units as a result of delays in manufacturing and damaging currency fluctuations between the euro along with the US dollar. The A380 is heir and rival at the so-called Very Large Aircraft family, where the maximum market size is supposedly 1 and between 700, 700 aircraft to the Boeing 747 jumbo jet. This plane is produced to capitalize on an air transportation model that’s based on hub airports.
In this model, it is anticipated that planes such as the A380 would ferry a lot of customers at helping reduce airport congestion. However, competition between carriers and the dispersion of traffic and paths means the so-called point model of aviation is growing quickly, at the cost of the hub and spoke model. This poses the issue of capacity. Some destinations don’t carry through carriers such as British Airways are able to replace Boeing 777 flights with two flights. Along together with the dispersion of the routes, this challenges the raison dtre of the aircraft. Where the A380 was intended to deliver a significant reduction at a fuel burn along with price efficiency, the figures which are achieved while nearly half that for the 747 are on par together with those of the most successful twin-engine airliners currently available on the market.
The more twin-engine airplanes also provide higher flexibility for airlines. British Airways has 11 A380s at service today, from a total arrangement book of 12 to date. Airbus is updating its twin-engine offering and compete seriously against Boeing along with its groundbreaking 777 along with more latest 787, with the new A350. The airplane appears to be very competitive along with is already taking on the 787. As of the end of Nov 2015, the arrangement book for the A350 showed 775 orders. Based on figures updated in early December 2015, the orders for the 787 Dreamliner stand at 1, 142. Both A350 along with 787 are technologically more advanced than the A380 one index can be regarded as the amount of electric power on the Dreamliner. This shows a step change in airplane design along with the move towards a More Electric Aircraft, with the pliability and economics that this offers in service.
Is it so possibly the case that the A380 missed its window along with came too late or has been designed to meet a market that’s small and an air travel model which has shifted? Fighting the naysayers – The A380 still has its champions, beginning with Emirates and its Chief executive officer and president, Tim Clark.