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Airbus to stop production of A380

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Airbus said it would stop making its A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft.

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The last deliveries of the aircraft would take place in 2021, Airbus said in a statement. The company has struggled to compete with smaller, more fuel efficient aircraft.

On Thursday Airbus said Dubai-based airline Emirates would cut its A380 order book to 123 aircraft from 162

"As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021," said Airbus chief executive Tom Enders.

"Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence today's announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide."

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