In an ironic twist the Airbus board is likely to announce the closure of the A380 programme in 2020/21 on Valentines Day, 14th February. For several years Airbus operated a “love at first flight” A380 campaign with a Heart logo.
Two rumours persist that a small British Airways order will be announced as the final fling of this much maligned aircraft, and that Emirates will take a handful of aircraft up to 2020/21 before the line is closed.
At the very least Airbus is expected to update the shareholders on the A380’s future.
Two news agencies were reporting this as near certain overnight.
It comes hot on the heels of Qatar’s announcement it will cease A380 operations as each aircraft reaches ten years of age starting in 2024.